ACCELERATE SAN FRANCISCO 2020
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.
Brent Remai Chief Marketing Officer, Tricentis
Chief Marketing Officer, Tricentis
Brent is a strategic, growth-oriented CMO with a proven track record in SaaS/Cloud accelerating revenue growth for both well-known organizations such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), FireEye, McAfee, and HP, as well as top tier VC-backed startups. Recipient of several industry awards; recognized by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as a top 10 marketing executive in Silicon Valley.
Leveraging a full stack skill set in running global marketing for billion-dollar businesses and rapidly scaling startups to IPO, Brent’s experience emphasizes creating new categories, driving corporate storytelling and positioning, building B2C and B2B campaigns tied to ROI, overseeing high velocity, self-service SaaS web adoption and pipeline for the field, and creating massive tailwind by bringing consumer flair to B2B marketing. He has deep expertise in SaaS apps, cloud storage, security, cloud compute, infrastructure and IoT.
Brent led global marketing as the ‘CMO’ for both multi-billion dollar core services and emerging businesses of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the #1 SaaS/Cloud provider, including running cloud storage, SaaS apps, IoT, security, and several other businesses. Instrumental in driving significant growth for the SaaS and cloud businesses, with ~50% growth each year and a $30B run rate.
Earlier in his career he transformed Sequoia-backed FireEye from a young, 55 person startup to a 1,200+ employee company with $250M+ revenue and a $4 billion IPO within 3 years, the second largest tech IPO of the year behind Twitter. He followed this by re-igniting Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bromium to 6X growth.
Elise Carmichael Vice President, Enterprise Evangelist, Tricentis
Vice President, Enterprise Evangelist, Tricentis
Elise is the Vice President, Enterprise Evangelist 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.
Wolfgang Platz Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis
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.
Jenny Bramble Software Test Engineer, WillowTree
Software Test Engineer, WillowTree
Jenny Bramble, Software Test Engineer at Willowtree Apps, ended up falling into a quality assurance career after trying a few other routes. A regular conference speaker, she came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth in her role as the translator between customer requests from support and the development team. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for her team. Jenny has done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She has interest in risk, which she says is the foundation upon which all QA must be built.
Adam Satterfield Director of Testing and Quality, Anthem
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.
Erika Chestnut Sr. QA Manager, Calendly
Sr. QA Manager, Calendly
For nearly 20 years; Erika Chestnut, Sr. QA Manager at calendly has been immersed in the world of Technology and Quality. She started her career as a developer, gained a deep understanding of business
processes, SDLC, and the role quality plays in achieving business goals. She is an empathetic servant leader who derives deep satisfaction from nurturing teams and individuals within organizations and has a passion for people which enables her to deftly lead
and mentor quality assurance teams with a keen focus on excellence across product, process, and performance. She excels at creating quality strategies and ensuring that quality is both supporting and supported at every step of the SDLC.
Callie McConnell Product Manager, Tricentis
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.
Tina Oelschlager Director, IT Analysis, Nationwide
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. In her current role, she is leading an effort to increase the automation footprint in the testing space by shifting to more of a Quality Engineering and DevSecOps mindset. She has over 15 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 Test Lead, Scrum Master, Agile coach and people leadership roles.
Nibs Mishra AVP, Testing Service Owner, Nationwide
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.
Ryan Yackel Director Product Marketing, Tricentis
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.
Karen Walker C-Suite Advisor & Coach and Consultant, Oneteam
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.
Kevin Dunne General Manager – Tricentis Flood, Tricentis
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.
Judy Chung Director of Product Management, Tricentis
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.
Gerta Sheganaku Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis
Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis
Chris Trueman Tricentis LiveCompare
Chris Trueman is responsible for the Tricentis solutions for packaged applications, including SAP applications. He has a particular focus on the use of AI-powered change impact analysis to optimise SAP application testing. He joined Tricentis in 2019 from IntelliCorp where he was CTO. He still occasionally gets to write code.
Keith Klain Executive Director, Tekmark Global Solutions
Executive Director, Tekmark Global Solutions
Keith Klain has built software quality management and testing teams for global financial services and IT consulting firms in the US, UK, and Asia Pacific. He helps enterprise technology organizations realize the value through process efficiency, increased automation, and aligning IT strategy to business objectives. He has designed and delivered technology training curriculum for non-profits to build technology delivery centers in disadvantaged communities. He was the Executive Vice President of the Association for Software Testing and the recipient of the 2013 Software Test Professionals Luminary award.
Rex Jones Owner, Test 4 Success
Owner, Test 4 Success
Rex Jones II has a passion for sharing knowledge about leadership and testing software. His background is development but enjoys testing applications.
Rex is an author, trainer, consultant, and former Board of Director for User Group: Dallas / Fort Worth Mercury User Group (DFWMUG) and member of User Group: Dallas / Fort Worth Quality Assurance Association (DFWQAA). In addition, he is a Certified Software Tester Engineer (CSTE) and has a Test Management Approach (TMap) certification.
Recently, Rex created a social network that demonstrate Test Automation videos. In addition to the social network, he has written 6 Programming / Automation books covering VBScript the programming language for QTP/UFT, Java, Selenium WebDriver, and TestNG.
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.
Brandon Sims Automation Architect, Tricentis
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.
Georg Thurner Senior Product Manager, Tricentis
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.
Alain Traechslin Product Manager Tosca BI, Tricentis
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 Director Innovation Lab, Tricentis
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.
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.
Ivan Vanderbyl PO Load Testing, Tricentis
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 Director Product Management, Tricentis
Director Product Management, Tricentis
Robert Wagner is currently a Director in Product Management. He started as tester at Tricentis more than 10 years ago and was a technical consultant for years before he joined the product management team. Robert and his Teams built a business readable and codeless service virtualization and API testing solution for Tricentis Tosca. He has extensive experience with web APIs and message-oriented middleware systems.
Wayne Ariola General Manager, Tricentis RPA
General Manager, Tricentis RPA
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.
Gijs Jekel Director, RPA Solution Architects, Tricentis
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.
Ganesh Anantharaman Director Engineering, Starbucks
Director Engineering, Starbucks
Ganesh Anantharaman is Director, Engineering at Starbucks Coffee Company, where he leads digital process automation, data analytics, quality engineering, and release management. A passionate and innovative technology leader with 21 years of experience, Ganesh develops and transforms strategic plans into workable technology solutions. He is focused on delivering optimal results to Starbucks customers and partners, while maintaining quality, return on investment, and business value. Ganesh and his team have leveraged TOSCA for over 4 years to develop robust and reusable test automation assets across Starbucks enterprise applications.
Alexander Ertl Product Manager for SAP, Tricentis
Product Manager for SAP, Tricentis
Alex is a Product Management at Tricentis, focused on setting strategy for the core products and delivering features for SAP testing. Alex is passionate about incorporating customer feedback, as he joined Tricentis as Consultant first . Alex has previous experience in consulting, implementing CI/CD for SAP projects and Solution Manager 7.2 for a global oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas.
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.
Jori Ramakers Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis
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.