Being Minnesotans, we don’t generally toot our own horns. Even in this case. We’ll just say that the heads of Code42 are the perfect blend of techies and leaders for a company that’s in the business of leading tech.
- Matthew Dornquast Co-Founder and CEO
Matthew has established himself as a high-tech visionary radically committed to developing intuitive, user-friendly technology that exceeds expectations. Under Matthew’s leadership, the Code42 team successfully blends natural technical acuity and diverse management experience with pragmatism. As a result, Code42 solutions consistently garner top industry awards and ratings, indicating their widespread appeal and Code42’s deep market understanding. Prior to Code42, Matthew served as chief scientist at Webhelp, chief technology officer for Fallon McElligott and founder/owner of Microworks.
- Brian Bell COO/President
Brian leverages more than 20 years experience building and inspiring teams in his role as president and COO for Code42. Prior to joining Code42, Brian served as Executive Director of Sales – Americas for enterprise storage at Dell. Before that, he was Vice President of Global Sales at Compellent Technologies, which was acquired by Dell for $960 million. Previously, Brian held an executive role at StorageNetworks, and also served as a Captain and instructor pilot in the United States Air Force flying F-16 fighter jets.
- Jason Bristow CFO
As CFO, Jason leverages nearly 20 years experience leading financial teams for some of the world's most well-known brands. At Code42, he oversees all global financial and corporate operations, working cross-functionally to drive and support the company's mission and culture. Prior to Code42, Jason served as vice president for Amazon.com, where he participated in the company's extraordinary growth and development from 2003-2014. He's also held senior financial roles at General Electric and Campbell Soup Company, both domestically and internationally. Jason grew up in Eden Prairie, Minn.; when not in the office, he can usually be found enjoying time with his wife, Heather, and their two sons.
- Brian Bispala Co-Founder and Architecture VP
Co-founding partner of Code42, Brian was there at the beginning: designing, architecting and engineering CrashPlan from the ground up. As a result, he’s engaged in all aspects of CrashPlan, from concept to implementation.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Brian went to work for Accenture. Later, at Webhelp, he worked with Matthew.
It’s not surprising that Brian gets great satisfaction from completing a complex project and seeing everything work as designed.
- Liz Fortier General Counsel
Liz is responsible for global legal affairs within our rapidly growing business and culture of innovation. Before joining Code42, Liz was Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Syncada, a global B2B invoicing solutions provider, where she led legal and compliance functions. Prior to Syncada, Liz worked for several technology companies, and her areas of focus included global software licensing to the enterprise, intellectual property, M&A, corporate governance, employment matters and litigation. Liz graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with honors and earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. When she’s not reviewing documents, Liz enjoys making jewelry and spending time with her three children.
- Kari Seas Global Marketing VP
Kari leads a team of tech marketing gurus focused on elevating Code42’s visibility while driving demand for the company’s award-winning solutions. Prior to Code42, Kari served as vice president of marketing at business intelligence provider SwiftKnowledge, where she created innovative corporate marketing, public relations, industry analyst relations and lead generation campaigns. Earlier, she spent seven years leading the worldwide integrated and corporate marketing efforts for Stellent Inc., helping position it as one of the top enterprise content management vendors in the world. Upon Stellent's acquisition by Oracle in 2007, Kari led integrated marketing campaigns for all of Oracle's software products. In her spare time, Kari enjoys yoga and tackling her next home improvement project.
- Chris Moses Global Sales VP
As the Vice President of Global Sales for Code42, Chris’ focus is establishing and building the whole enterprise sales organization—an expert, global team that takes ownership, has higher capabilities, and creates demand within accounts.
Upon joining Code42, Chris initiated an aggressive campaign to elevate the team's competency level, specifically in proposal quality, including detailed financial justifications as well as the team's ability to position our solutions differently from the competition. Across his 15 years of experience, Chris has a proven track record of consistently delivering results and building winning teams.
- Dave Payne Global Systems Engineering VP
Dave leads a team of geeks who delight customers and create evangelists for Code42. Before Code42, Dave held pre-sales leadership roles at EMC, built and sold an IT consulting business, personally designing infrastructure for enterprises such as USBank, WellsFargo, Thomson Reuters, Boston Medical Center and Fidelity.
Dave is an Eagle Scout; he speaks Brazilian Portuguese and enjoys spending time with his wife of 15 years and their four children.
- Jeff Sonsalla Engineering VP
Jeff brings over 25 years of high performance technical computing experience to Code42, serving the premier engineering team of the silicon prairie. Jeff held lead technical roles at Cray and was most recently Senior Director of Engineering at SGI, prior to joining Code42.
When away from the keyboard, one might find Jeff riding on horseback across the Namib desert or sitting in with a band.
- Josh Brix Customer Experience VP
Since joining Code42, Josh has helped build a 24x7 international Customer Support team that focuses on delighting our customers at every opportunity. In addition, he helped create the Customer Experience Team, uniting three groups: Quality Assurance, Documentation and Customer Champion Support. The Customer Experience Team ensures Code42’s solutions are of the highest quality, and possess thorough, easy-to-understand documentation fully supported by the Code42 Customer Champions.
Josh has over 15 years of experience within the IT industry and previously led customer support teams at Oracle Corporation and Stellent, Inc. He holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Concordia University.
- Ann Fellman Product Marketing VP
Ann taps into more than 16 years of enterprise technology marketing and business development experience to drive strategic product marketing plans for the company’s award-winning data management product suite. Previously, she led product management for Rimage/Qumu Corp.’s Signal online publishing software, and was a Principal Product Director at Oracle Corp. Ann has extensive experience in enterprise content management, enterprise portal and Enterprise 2.0 software markets, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Andy Hardy EMEA Sales Director
As Managing Director of EMEA Storage Sales, Andy is Code42’s entryway into growing our business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
His extensive background in international IT and finance was forged within such prestigious companies as Dell, Compellent and Japan’s largest investment bank, Nomura, where he began as an IT Director, but also spent another six years investing in U.S. tech companies.
He’s also held senior sales, product engineering and service management positions at Itochu of Japan and Avid in the UK.
Andy’s love of aviation stems from his 25-year stint in the Royal Australian Air Force as an avionics engineer. And in 2013, he flew his four-seater 1966 Piper Cherokee over 14,500 miles from London to Sydney, raising over $25,000 for charity.
- Adrian Johnson Sales Director (ANZ)
Adrian leads the Code42 team in Australia and New Zealand, focused on delivering customer delight and building a successful community of channel partners. Prior to Code42, Adrian held leadership positions at Dell, Fuji Xerox, and Sun Microsystems and also served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. He holds a master’s degree in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College.
Adrian is a volunteer lifesaver on Coogee Beach and enjoys Sydney’s active lifestyle with his wife and three daughters.