ACCELERATE SAN FRANCISCO 2019

Event Speakers

Sandeep Johri

Sandeep Johri CEO, Tricentis

Sandeep Johri

Sandeep Johri

CEO, Tricentis

As the CEO of Tricentis, Sandeep brings over 25 years of enterprise software experience. He manages all business-related functions including business strategy, products, services, sales, marketing, and operations to achieve business profit and sales objectives.

Sandeep most recently served as the COO of Appcelerator, the leading open source mobile application development platform. He was Vice President of Strategy and Industry Solutions at HP, where he also served as Vice President of Corporate Development.

There, he was instrumental in developing and implementing the growth strategy that resulted in the software business growing 2X market over the last four years. Sandeep was instrumental in the formation of two startups, Determina (VMware) and Bluelane (VMware). He was also the CEO and founder of Oblix (Oracle), and co-founded eBoodle (EW Scripps), one of the first ecommerce comparison shopping services.

 

Sandeep has an MBA from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India. Sandeep is involved as an advisor and investor in various startups in Silicon Valley and India.

Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

Wolfgang Platz brings over 20 years of technology experience to Tricentis. Wolfgang founded Tricentis in 2007 as a testing consultancy and laid the cornerstone for the development of our enterprise software testing product, Tricentis Tosca. Today, he is responsible for driving Tricentis’ vision for making Continuous Testing a reality for enterprise DevOps. Platz also oversees the delivery of product-related support and services to our customers. Prior to Tricentis, Wolfgang was at Capgemini as a group head of IT development for one of the world’s largest IT insurance-development projects. There, he was responsible for architecture and implementation of life insurance policies and project management for several projects in banks. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology.

Adam Satterfield

Adam Satterfield Director of Testing and Quality, Anthem

Adam Satterfield

Adam Satterfield

Director of Testing and Quality, Anthem

Adam Satterfield, Director of Testing and Quality at Anthem, has been in the software testing industry for nearly 20 years. He has a wide background in industries such as military, SaaS, telecom and healthcare. Adam enjoys leading and mentoring quality assurance teams as well as teaching testers how to find their inner testing star. He is currently responsible for creating quality standards and training teams on Risk Based Testing, ATDD and Session Based Testing within Anthem.

Maria Boykins

Maria Boykins Sr. Team Lead, Quality Engineering, Chick-fil-A

Maria Boykins

Maria Boykins

Sr. Team Lead, Quality Engineering, Chick-fil-A

Maria Boykins is a Sr. Team Leader at Chick-fil-A corporate office where she leads a team of Quality Engineers, implementing quality best practices on software engineering teams. Through her curiosity and authentic leadership skills, Maria has developed strategy and innovation to transform Quality Engineering at Chick-fil-A. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Maria started her career as an IT Analyst at John Deere in Moline, Illinois. She served in various roles across IT, gaining skills as a quality assurance tester, business analyst, network analyst, and data migration lead.

Keith Klain

Keith Klain Executive Director, Tekmark Global Solutions

Keith Klain

Keith Klain

Executive Director, Tekmark Global Solutions

For the last 20 years Keith has built software quality management and testing teams for global financial services and IT consulting firms in the US, UK, and Asia Pacific. Keith designed the Software Testing Education Program with the Bronx based non-profit Per Scholas which has graduated over 200 students from diverse backgrounds into jobs in technology. He was the Executive Vice President of the Association for Software Testing and the recipient of the 2013 Software Test Professionals Luminary award. Keith has written and speaks regularly about software testing including client presentations, media / press interviews, and professional / vendor conferences including StarEast, Agile Testing Days, STP Con, KWSQA, Agile Testing and Automation Summit, TestBash, Quality Jam, and the AST CAST.

Ash Coleman

Ash Coleman Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma

Ash Coleman

Ash Coleman

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma

Ash focuses her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. Though technology and inclusion have her heart today, engineering was not her first love. A former chef, Ash crafted her software approach through the learnings of hospitality. After 16 years, she put recipes aside when she began her career in software development, falling back on her skills in engineering she acquired as a kid building computers with her brother. An avid fan of matching business needs with technological solutions, you can find her doing her best work on whichever coast is the sunniest. Having helped teams build out testing practices, formulate Agile processes and redefine culture, Ash, formally Engineering Manager in Quality, now serves as Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Credit Karma. She continues testing and consulting based out of San Francisco.

Karen Walker

Karen Walker C-Suite Advisor & Coach and Consultant, Oneteam

Karen Walker

Karen Walker

C-Suite Advisor & Coach and Consultant, Oneteam

Karen Walker is an executive coach, consultant, speaker and author – focused on helping senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organizations’ external growth. 

 

Decades ago, Karen helped lead the (then) fastest growing  – and fastest to $1 billion in revenue – company in American history: Compaq Computer.  After working at Compaq for fourteen years, with annual revenues growing to $15 billion, she left to begin her consultancy.

 

She now serves as an executive advisor, coach and consultant to CEOs and senior organization leaders to grow their companies — with outcomes including IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and dramatic leadership development. Karen’s work has enabled sustained growth in a multitude of companies, including startups, Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 firms

 

Karen has a B.S. degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and graduated from the ODHRM program at Columbia University. She has served on advisory committees to Rice University and Texas A&M University, and on the executive board of The Alley Theatre. 

 

She resides in Jupiter, FL, although she can most often be found aloft in seat 2C.

Tim Merkle

Tim Merkle Chief of Staff, Global Information Technology, Steelcase

Tim Merkle

Tim Merkle

Chief of Staff, Global Information Technology, Steelcase

Tim’s passion lies at the intersection of Digital, Analytics, and People. His experience has led me to appreciate that both humans and machines are key to successful digital transformation. He thrives on coaching others to excel and have a proven ability to create a shared vision; leading teams, projects and strategic initiatives to deliver high-quality business results and effective change management. His career has taken him across the world spanning multiple industries, cultures, and business functions. Tim has led operations and supply chain departments, conducted extensive research, and applied analytics for strategic policy design during his nearly decade long tenure in the United States Marine Corps. Following transition from active service, Tim led the successful start-up of advanced analytics and data science capabilities at Steelcase establishing a mindset for value creation from data and insight. After generating millions through applied data science, he now leads strategy and transformation for the Global IT organization; working with executive leadership across the globe to design transformational change to improve the value created by information technology and drive digital transformation. His educational background includes a BS, technical MS, top-tier MBA and PMP certification.

Chris Boyle

Christopher Boyle Manager of Quality Assurance Automation, Disney Streaming Services

Chris Boyle

Christopher Boyle

Manager of Quality Assurance Automation, Disney Streaming Services

Christopher Boyle is a Manager of Quality Assurance Automation for Disney Streaming Services, a unit of Walt Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Automation Engineer for MLB Advanced Media, L.P, the digital division of Major League Baseball.

He has been in the technology industry for 16 years and has been working primarily on Test Automation, Performance, CI/CD the last 8 or so.

His current experience ranges from working and implementing various DevOps technologies to various Test Automation technologies and frameworks that are either open-sourced or built in house for a range of platforms.

Kenneth Maiers

Kenneth Maiers Director of Quality Assurance, Disney Streaming Services

Kenneth Maiers

Kenneth Maiers

Director of Quality Assurance, Disney Streaming Services

Kenneth Maiers is the Director of Quality Assurance for Disney Streaming Services, a unit of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, overseeing the Mobile and Responsive Web QA areas. Prior to joining Disney, Ken was the Director of Quality Assurance at MLB Advanced Media, L.P., digital services division of Major League Baseball

and Director of Compliance at StayinFront, leading global provider of customer relationship management solutions.

Ken has been in the Software industry for 17 years and has over 20 years of management experience. He has a wide background of work areas such as Quality Assurance, Helpdesk, and Compliance. Ken is passionate about implementing new processes to improve areas of the company. Ken enjoys leading and mentoring managers utilizing his past management experience.

Paul Grizzaffi

Paul Grizzaffi Principal Automation Architect, Magenic

Paul Grizzaffi

Paul Grizzaffi

Principal Automation Architect, Magenic

Paul Grizzaffi is a Principal Automation Architect at Magenic. His career has focused on the creation and deployment of automated test strategies, frameworks, tools, and platforms. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source and vendor-supplied tool chains in diverse product environments (telecom, stock trading, E-commerce, finance, and healthcare). He is an accomplished keynote speaker who has presented at both local and national meetings and conferences. He is an advisor to Software Test Professionals and STPCon, as well as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas. Paul looks forward to sharing his experiences and expanding his automation and testing knowledge of other product environments.

Jeff Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson Managing Director, Global Intelligent Testing Platform Lead, Accenture

Jeff Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson

Managing Director, Global Intelligent Testing Platform Lead, Accenture

Jeff Wilkinson is the Accenture Testing Practice Lead for North America. He has more than 24 years of quality management, application testing, and test assessment experience at several companies across multiple industries. Jeff has the responsibility for managing the growth and development of Accenture Testing Services and the Global Testing Center of Excellence Network. He is based in Indianapolis.

Brad Bellmore

Brad Bellmore QA Supervisor, ABC Supply

Brad Bellmore

Brad Bellmore

QA Supervisor, ABC Supply

Brad leads the Chicago Quality Assurance Team for ABC Supply, the largest distributor of building supplies in the United States. Prior to that he worked as the QA Lead for L&W Supply and as QA Tester for USG and CVS Health. Before entering IT, he spent time in data analytics and facility management. He lives in the far northwestern Chicago suburbs. If the train didn’t go that far, no one would call it a suburb.

Neeraj Tripathi

Neeraj Tripathi Enterprise Agile Transformation Leader, Toyota

Neeraj Tripathi

Neeraj Tripathi

Enterprise Agile Transformation Leader, Toyota

Neeraj Tripathi is leading TCOE for Toyota Motors North America. He has over 20+ years of experience in software development, consulting, and leading large enterprise organizations.

Prior to joining Toyota, Neeraj was a Global Vice President for Infor, where he led enterprise quality assurance organization and was instrumental in agile transformation journey.

Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola Chief Marketing Officer, Tricentis

Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola

Chief Marketing Officer, Tricentis

With a customer-centric approach and fostering partnerships with industry leaders, Wayne has created and marketed products that have evolved to support the dynamic software development, test and delivery landscape. He has contributed to the design of many innovative technologies and has been awarded several patents for his inventions. A recognized leader on topics such as Service Virtualization, SOA and API quality, software quality governance, and application security, he is a frequent contributor to industry publications and the author of the book Continuous Testing for IT Leaders. Wayne has been a contributor to the software testing space for 15 years and in the software industry for over 20 years. He holds a BA in Business Economics and a MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.

Rodrigo Vazquez Hernandez

Rodrigo Hernandez Solutions Consultant, Tasktop

Rodrigo Vazquez Hernandez

Rodrigo Hernandez

Solutions Consultant, Tasktop

Rodrigo Hernandez is a Solutions Consultant at Tasktop. He has 4 years of experience in the QA industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University.

Hector Martinez

Hector Martinez Performance Test Engineer, Toyota

Hector Martinez

Hector Martinez

Performance Test Engineer, Toyota

Hector Martinez is the Performance Test Engineer of the TCoE for Toyota Motor North America, he has over 9+ years of experience as a quality practice engineer. Well experienced in different IT areas to deliver a final product to the end user/customer, as well as in development, testing, and analytics; Certified by Scrum-Alliance as a Scrum Master in Quality Assurance.

Brian Farwick

Brian Farwick Supervisor Quality Engineer Sr, Honeywell Intelligrated

Brian Farwick

Brian Farwick

Supervisor Quality Engineer Sr, Honeywell Intelligrated

Brian Farwick is the Supervisor Quality Engineer Sr at Honeywell Intelligrated. He has over 20 years of experience in the QA industry and holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Thomas More University.

Franca Sofia Fehrenbach

Franca-Sofia Fehrenbach Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Franca Sofia Fehrenbach

Franca-Sofia Fehrenbach

Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Franca is a Digital Transformation Strategist specialized in defining vision, concepts and strategy to achieve DevOps in enterprise environments. She has a strong focus on Continuous Testing and a very strong customer-centric mindset. She guides her customers and helps them to achieve their goals through streamlining their testing process so that the overall lifecycle is optimized.

Franca has a technical background with a degree in Software Engineering and further work experience in the fields of software development, project management and test architecture in a host of agile projects.

Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman CTO, IntelliCorp

Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman

CTO, IntelliCorp

Chris Trueman is responsible for IntelliCorp’s product development, innovation, technical support and EMEA operations. Mr. Trueman joined IntelliCorp in 1994 and held key roles across the Products, Services and Support groups before being appointed CTO in 2003. He still occasionally gets to write code.

Callie McConnell

Callie McConnell Product Manager, Tricentis

Callie McConnell

Callie McConnell

Product Manager, Tricentis

Callie is a Product Manager at Tricentis, focused on setting strategy for the core products and delivering features that benefit testers. Callie bring a wealth of knowledge from a data and analytics background which helps her solve key customer problems by designing feature for qTest Insights. Callie has 7+ years of product management experience and is an all-around cool person.

Christian Plaichner

Christian Plaichner CXO, Tricentis

Christian Plaichner

Christian Plaichner

CXO, Tricentis

Christian Plaichner joined Tricentis in Dec 2017 to drive the company’s customer experience strategy, leading Customer Success Mgmt., Transformation Strategy, Consulting & Education and Support teams worldwide. Christian Plaichner is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive with 15+ years of experience leading companies at the forefront of high-tech industries.

He is a veteran of numerous successes and brings deep experience spanning setting-up start-ups, driving growth into global organizations and improving operational performance – leveraging his in-depth understanding of critical business drivers and processes across multiple markets and sectors. Christian’s extensive expertise in technology and international management enables him to create product visions and growth roadmaps and drive business development to position companies to fulfill customer needs – and their market potential.

Christian Plaichner works and lives in Silicon Valley, CA.

Nibs Mishra

Nibs Mishra AVP, Testing Service Owner, Nationwide

Nibs Mishra

Nibs Mishra

AVP, Testing Service Owner, Nationwide

Nibedita (Nibs) Mishra is the Testing Service Owner within the Requirements & Testing organization at Nationwide. In her current role, she is leading an enterprise effort to increase the automation footprint in the testing space by shifting to more of a Quality Engineering and DevSecOps mindset. She has over 18 years of IT experience in all aspects of application delivery and agile enterprise transformation. She has a proven track record of successfully applying IT Solutions and has worked in various roles like Developer, Tech Lead, Test Automation Lead, Scrum Master, Agile coach and people leadership roles.

Tina Oelschlager

Tina Oelschlager Director, IT Analysis, Nationwide

Tina Oelschlager

Tina Oelschlager

Director, IT Analysis, Nationwide

Tina Oelschlager is Director, IT Analysis at Nationwide. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Ohio Dominican University.

Brandon Sims

Brandon Sims Automation Architect, Tricentis

Brandon Sims

Brandon Sims

Automation Architect, Tricentis

Brandon Sims is an experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry with an emphasis in the power sector. Brandon is a strong business development professional skilled in Business Processes, SAP Basis, Management, SAP ERP, C#, and Java. Brandon has demonstrated excellence with creating object oriented frameworks for testing environments while leveraging the Service Oriented Architecture for today’s complex business systems.

Ramesh Pai

Ramesh Pai Global Head of QA, Wipro

Ramesh Pai

Ramesh Pai

Global Head of QA, Wipro

Ramesh Pai has been associated with Wipro for more than 19 years with focus on Practice Building, Portfolio Management, Quality Assurance and Consulting. He has played various roles aiming toward Strategic Test consulting, large QA Programs management, Organizational QA strategy creation, Portfolio Analysis & Optimization, Client Relationship Management and account management. Ramesh has extensively contributed in QA CoE blueprinting with focus on Process standardization, implementing custom functional and Regression Automation solutions and emphasis on increased use of Tools & accelerators for productivity improvement, QA CoE implementation and optimization across multiple domains. Ramesh Currently heads Quality Engineering and Testing group globally with key focus on Market differentiation and Demand Generation.

Philippe Buron

Philippe Buron CIO Global Markets, BNP Paribas

Philippe Buron

Philippe Buron

CIO Global Markets, BNP Paribas

Philippe Buron is an experienced change leader as CIO, Chief Architect, CTO, with successful track record in the banking and technology Industries. He has an unique leadership in driving large-scale transformation, strong information technology professional with both enterprise level experience in Agile and Digital transformations. He holds a Master’s degree in IT applied to Finance, honours in Artificial Intelligence from Université Paris Dauphine.

Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett Manager Tools and Performance Engineering, Merck

Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

Manager Tools and Performance Engineering, Merck

Bill Bennett is the Manager Tools and Performance Engineering at Merck and has over 40 years of experience in the QA field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University.

Vinitha Ponnil

Vinitha Ponnil Group Test Manager, GBST

Vinitha Ponnil

Vinitha Ponnil

Group Test Manager, GBST

Vinitha Ponnil has worked in the software industry for over 19 years in various roles including programming, testing, test automation and test leadership. Vinitha is currently the Group Test Manager for GBST where she is responsible for leading the global testing practice. She is focused on bringing thought leadership and innovation into the testing practice, building teams with skills and capabilities to scale testing for the future.

Vinitha is passionate about testing, automation and innovation and has led the testing transformation within GBST to accelerate testing using automation, Continuous Testing and Shift Left approach. Vinitha believes in creating a culture of quality through collaboration and enjoys building and leading high-performing testing teams with superior engagement levels and productivity.

Judy Chung

Judy Chung Director of Product Management, Tricentis

Judy Chung

Judy Chung

Director of Product Management, Tricentis

Judy is a Director of Product Management at Tricentis, focused on setting strategy for the core products and delivering features that benefit testers. Judy is passionate about incorporating customer feedback, as she joined QASymphony as the first Customer Success Manager. Judy has previous experience in consulting, implementing supply chain software for a global electronics manufacturer.

Stefan Januschke

Stefan Januscke Product Manager, Tricentis

Stefan Januschke

Stefan Januscke

Product Manager, Tricentis

Stefan Januschke is on the product management team at Tricentis. In this role, his responsibilities range from core automation topics to Artificial Intelligence. He is constantly trying to understand testing needs and what can be changed make better software with higher quality. Previously, Stefan was an automation architect, delivering services & projects for Fortune 500 customers around the globe.

Georg Thurner

Georg Thurner Senior Product Manager, Tricentis

Georg Thurner

Georg Thurner

Senior Product Manager, Tricentis

Georg Thurner has over 20 years of experience in product development, test management and product management. He is on the product management team at Tricentis. In this role his responsibilities range from product development and product marketing to test management, test conception, test design, and test automation. His experiences with software testing embrace the application of agile as well as classical testing methodologies in various sectors including financial services, consumer goods, commercial services, healthcare, materials, telecommunications, and energy.

Kevin Dunne

Kevin Dunne General Manager – Tricentis Flood, Tricentis

Kevin Dunne

Kevin Dunne

General Manager – Tricentis Flood, Tricentis

As the GM of Tricentis Flood, Kevin Dunne ensures his team’s continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools for creating software that scales. With a deep interest in the emerging trends in software development and testing, Kevin is dedicated to collaborating with thought leaders in this space. Kevin comes to Tricentis from Deloitte, where he managed testing on large government and Fortune 500 engagements delivering ERP implementations and custom software development. As one of the first employees at QASymphony, Kevin has seen many facets of the business working in sales, customer support, marketing, and product management. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University.

Marcin Blaszczky

Marcin Blaszczyk Product Owner SAP, Tricentis

Marcin Blaszczky

Marcin Blaszczyk

Product Owner SAP, Tricentis

Marcin Blaszczyk is the Product Owner SAP at Tricentis. He has been in the QA industry for 5 years.

Moshe Milman

Moshe Milman Co-Founder & COO, Applitools

Moshe Milman

Moshe Milman

Co-Founder & COO, Applitools

Moshe is the Co-Founder of Applitools – a cloud service for automated Visual Testing. As part of his role at Applitools, he helps dozens of companies across the industry implement state of the art test automation suites. Moshe is passionate about Software Testing and frequently give talks about it in various conferences around the globe.

Before starting Applitools, he served at various VP roles overseeing product, QA and professional services. Moshe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the Technion Israel’s Institute of Technology and MBA from IDC (Wharton Business School GCP Program).

Jori Ramakers

Jori Ramakers Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Jori Ramakers

Jori Ramakers

Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Jori Ramakers is a Digital Transformation Strategist specialized in  defining vision, concepts and strategy to achieve DevOps in enterprise  environments. He has a strong focus on Continuous Testing and a very strong customer-centric mindset.

Alain Traechslin

Alain Traechslin Product Manager Tosca BI, Tricentis

Alain Traechslin

Alain Traechslin

Product Manager Tosca BI, Tricentis

Alain is Product Manager at Tricentis looking after Tosca BI. He has spent the last few years advocating test management & test automation practices amongst Tricentis’ customer base. His current focus is how to best test data warehouse and business intelligence systems.

 

David Colwell

David Colwell Director Innovation Lab, Tricentis

David Colwell

David Colwell

Director Innovation Lab, Tricentis

David Colwell has been in the testing industry for nearly 10 years. He started out as a data entry grunt, where he rapidly got sick of the repetitive work, and discovered a test automation tool, Win Runner from a conversation with someone in the testing team. He then automated his daily job and was subsequently given notice. However, the test manager took him under his wing and taught him everything there is to know about testing and test automation. This experience prepared him to become Automation Mentor for One Patch. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as a Technical test lead at DX Solutions, a second-time BRW Fast 100 company. Over the course of the next 5 years, David got promoted to Head of QA at DX Solutions, with a team of over 85 test engineers, leads and managers. After leaving DX Solutions, he got hired by Tricentis, a start-up based in Austria to lead the APAC technical division as Lead Solution Architect. Tricentis recently received $US165m in venture capital, after being named Leader by both Gartner and Forrester in their 2016 Service Virtualisation and testing automation segments.

Tim Koopmans

Tim Koopmans Director Engineering, Tricentis

Tim Koopmans

Tim Koopmans

Director Engineering, Tricentis

Tim Koopmans is a performance testing expert dedicated to making open source load testing tools and cloud testing infrastructure accessible to everyone. Tim engineered the Flood “shared nothing” architecture and holds the key to its unparalleled scalability and throughput. He also developed Ruby JMeter. Prior to Flood, Tim spent more than ten years as a performance and development consultant for companies across retail, finance, telecom, and government sectors. Tim also served as an Australian Army Officer for ten years.

Christopher Chin

Christopher Chin Consultant, Tricentis

Christopher Chin

Christopher Chin

Consultant, Tricentis

Christopher Chin is the Automation Consultant at Tricentis and has 8 years of experience in the QA industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Chris Rolls

Chris Rolls CEO Americas, TTC

Chris Rolls

Chris Rolls

CEO Americas, TTC

Chris is an experienced testing practitioner and leader of organization wide quality transformations. In his current role Chris oversees TTC’s American operations where he assists organizations with implementing modern quality assurance solutions to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. Previously he has held various consulting roles advising Banks & Financial institutions, Utilities, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Travel, Oil & Gas, Government and Technology companies, as well as running TTC’s global Test Engineering practice. Chris is passionate about the positive change that digital disruption can bring and knows that the key to business success is the ability to release quality software at speed to ensure that your software is a competitive advantage.

Elise Carmichael

Elise Carmichael Vice President, Enterprise Evangelist, Tricentis

Elise Carmichael

Elise Carmichael

Vice President, Enterprise Evangelist, Tricentis

Elise is the Director of Product management for Tricentis where she is responsible for helping customers improve their testing process, expand test automation in their organizations, and get the most out of their software testing investments. Elise has worked in the software industry since 2000, and has developed a deep understanding across different industries and organizational structures for how code can be developed, tested, delivered, and maintained.

Prior to joining Tricentis, Elise was the VP of Product Strategy at QASymphony, and before that was the Engineering Director at Mobiquity, a global software services organization. In her spare time, she cycles and is a professional flutist in Gainesville, FL.

Elise earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Abraam Samuel

Abraam Samuel Technical BI Solution Architect, Tricentis

Abraam Samuel

Abraam Samuel

Technical BI Solution Architect, Tricentis

Ryan Yackel, Tricentis

Ryan Yackel Director Product Marketing, Tricentis

Ryan Yackel, Tricentis

Ryan Yackel

Director Product Marketing, Tricentis

Ryan Yackel is the Director of Product Marketing at Tricentis and previously held this title at QASymphony where he ensured a continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools to help customers create better software. With a deep interest in the emerging trends of testing needs, Ryan is dedicated to being the customer voice for all Tricentis products. Before QASymphony, Ryan managed testing on large enterprise initiatives delivering logistics implementations for Macy’s Inc.’s warehouse management systems. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Covenant College.

Ivan Vanderbyl

Ivan Vanderbyl PO Load Testing, Tricentis

Ivan Vanderbyl

Ivan Vanderbyl

PO Load Testing, Tricentis

Ivan Vanderbyl is a self-taught software engineer and entrepreneur with a strong emphasis on simplifying user experiences for complex systems and building products that customers love. As the Product Manager for Load Testing at Tricentis, Ivan leads the product direction for Tricentis Flood and Flood Element, the open-source browser-based load testing tool.

Before joining Tricentis, Ivan was a co-founder of Flood IO and Product Engineer. With more than a decade of experience in testing, cloud automation, and continuous delivery, Ivan is passionate about helping customers deliver fast and reliable software.

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner Director Product Management, Tricentis

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Director Product Management, Tricentis

Robert Wagner is currently a Product Manager in API and Service Virtualization and has been with Tricentis for the past 10 years building up business readable and codeless service virtualization and API testing. Robert has extensive experience with web APIs and message-oriented middleware systems.

Remco Oostelaar

Remco Oostelaar Test Program Manager, Global Construction Company

Remco Oostelaar

Remco Oostelaar

Test Program Manager, Global Construction Company

Remco Oostelaar is passionate about Software Testing, Automation and Agile has over 11 years of experience in implementing Test Frameworks and managing global teams (Europe, Asia Pacific and US). He works for Capgemini Australia as DevOps Capability lead and is active as the Test Program Manager for an international client. Oostelaar has delivered presentations, develops use case demonstrations and proofs of concepts for customers, partners and prospects around Software Testing. His focus is to improve the level of Software Testing, develop a collaborative and lean environment were outcome is measured by improving customer drivers.

Thomas Murphy

Tom Murphy IT Market Analysis, Gartner

Thomas Murphy

Tom Murphy

IT Market Analysis, Gartner

Tom Murphy is an IT Market Analysis at Gartner focused on IT organizations that develop and deliver software in an efficient and effective fashion. He covers all phases of the life cycle from requirements through software quality and testing. He is particularly interested in collaborative and agile practices and how organizations must use these to adapt to the increasing pace of change demanded by business to utilize cloud, and mobile technologies. Mr. Murphy provides guidance to Sr. IT management as well as IT professionals and also works with software and service providers to develop product strategies and positioning guidance. In addition to working at Gartner (and previously Meta Group), Mr. Murphy has also held positions at Microsoft, ObjectShare, ParcPlace, Digitalk and Miller Freeman.

Gautam Bandodkar

Gautam Bandodkar Sr. Application Quality Manager, Fannie Mae

Gautam Bandodkar

Gautam Bandodkar

Sr. Application Quality Manager, Fannie Mae

A Sr. IT Manager at Fannie Mae with over 18+ years of experience and expertise in diverse range of technologies across multiple industries. Demonstrated success managing implementation of several medium to large programs & projects in both Agile (SCRUM/KANBAN) & Waterfall environment settings. Well organized, result oriented leader with a talent to motivate, manage and organize diverse groups of people. Strategic Thinker with the ability to View, Assess, Analyze, Evaluate & Plan short and long term goals at multi-levels.

Gerta Sheganaku

Gerta Sheganaku Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Gerta Sheganaku

Gerta Sheganaku

Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Gijs Jekel

Gijs Jekel Director, RPA Solution Architects, Tricentis

Gijs Jekel

Gijs Jekel

Director, RPA Solution Architects, Tricentis

Gijs Jekel is a Solution Architect at Tricentis, with over 20 years of experience in ICT. His current focus is on agile-testing, RPA and IT- Infrastructure. His mission is making complex solutions understandable for a non-technical audience. Gijs holds a degree in Computer sciences.

Howard Chase

Howard Chase Director, TX3

Howard Chase

Howard Chase

Director, TX3

Howard Chase is a Director at Tx3 and holds a degree from McGill University. 

Shyam_Prakash

Shyam Prakash Vice President, T-Mobile

Shyam_Prakash

Shyam Prakash

Vice President, T-Mobile

Shyam Prakash is responsible for transformation, platform & quality engineering at T-Mobile. Shyam has over 20 years of experience and holds a degree from Cochin University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree from the University of Washington.

 

Alexander Ertl

Alexander Ertl Managing Consultant, Tricentis

Alexander Ertl

Alexander Ertl

Managing Consultant, Tricentis

Alexander Ertl is a Managing Consultant at Tricentis. Prior to being a Managing consultant, Alexander was a Senior Consultant / Automation Architect at Tricentis, where he was responsible for the creation of custom reports for Tosca.

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Bhala Bhosale President, Strategy and Solutions, Nous Infosystems

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Bhala Bhosale

President, Strategy and Solutions, Nous Infosystems

Bhala Bhosale is President, Strategy and Solutions at Nous Infosystems. For the last 25+ years Bhala has worked extensively on and managed large scale ERP businesses globally. He has vast experience with the SAP ecosystem ranging from solution architecture, large scale global delivery management and application portfolio rationalization.

Chase Oubre

Chase Oubre Senior Consultant

Chase Oubre

Chase Oubre

Senior Consultant

Chase Oubre is a Senior Consultant at Tricentis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Southern Mississippi.

James Lamberti

James Lamberti Chief Marketing Officer, Applitools

James Lamberti

James Lamberti

Chief Marketing Officer, Applitools

James is the Chief Marketing Officer for Applitools. A seasoned Global Go-To-Market Executive, James has been helping B2B companies package complex solutions for a faster and easier sale. For the past 2 decades, James has led marketing for large global companies (Experian, Clorox), as well as successfully helping start-ups scale to $100m+ ARR (Applitools, comScore, InMobi, AdTruth) by leveraging his skills in demand generation, product, and ABM marketing, in combination with enterprise sales experience and go-to-market strategy expertise for boards and CEOs.

Al Sargent

Al Sargent Vice President Product Marketing, Applitools

Al Sargent

Al Sargent

Vice President Product Marketing, Applitools

I love software. Started coding at age 10. At 12, wrote my first game. At 13, got sent to the principal’s office for skipping class to code.

Decades later I feel fortunate to be working in the field I love, that’s shaped our modern world, and where I’ve had some level of impact.

Such as helping to create the world’s first software-testing cloud, Sauce Labs; drive the fastest-growing business unit at VMware; advance market-changing open source technologies such as Spring and Cloud Foundry; and build a category — Software Analytics — at New Relic.

I love the craft of product marketing: bridging the gap between engineering, marketing, and sales. Crafting compelling stories that are resonant yet grounded in reality. And building teams of like-minded professionals.