“I consider myself a passionate technology entrepreneur and a student of life. I believe in people, ideas and the power of heart to overcome any obstacle.”
In the past 20 years, Andre has helped grow and build a number of successful tech-focused companies. He started his career as an auditor at KPMG. In 1993 he co-founded and was CEO of Durand Communications, a bulletin board software company, which was later sold to Webb Interactive in 1998. In 2000, he founded a company called Jabber Inc. to help commercialize the Jabber open source platform created by Jeremie Miller. Andre stayed with Jabber through the formation of the Jabber Software Foundation and initial commercialization and capital formation, leaving in 2002 to co-found and become CEO of Ping Identity. Jabber was later sold to Cisco in 2008.
Andre holds a BA in Biology and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Kim and two daughters, Parker and Samantha.
“I love to help build lasting value for companies that are winning in the marketplace and that’s what I’ve done for the last 25-years. The status quo bores me. I thrive on challenging the precedent to drive change. I believe analytical capability and the power of using proprietary analysis can unveil real insight into business performance.”
Before Ping Identity, Mike was Executive Vice President and CFO of IHS Inc., where he helped transform the 45-year-old, private company into a high-performing, credible and premium valued public company. He helped IHS complete more than 40 acquisitions, increase revenue by nearly 4X, grow profit by more than 5X and increase market capitalization by more than $4 billion. Prior to IHS, Mike served in multiple financial roles for the Coors Brewing Company, and invested ten years with Price Waterhouse LLP in both their New York City-based M&A Transaction Support practice as well as their Denver-based audit practice. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Iowa and lives in Denver with his wife and three high school aged children.
“In sales, there’s nothing like winning customers. I’m a firm believer that if you can’t finish first, finish last fast. Today’s sales world is a true balance of art and science, where great solutions are crafted to equally benefit the company and the customer...everyone wins.”
Bringing more than 20 years of high-technology software experience with leadership roles in sales, field operations, alliances, professional services and support, Dave was already a globally seasoned expert before Ping. He joined the team after holding the ranks of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at two separate companies over the span of 11 years, E2open and Borland Software. Prior to driving worldwide sales, Dave oversaw the Western Region for PeopleSoft when they acquired JD Edwards, where he started his career in Enterprise Software. Dave holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Innovation often comes when we pursue ideas with no guaranteed outcome. I'm a big believer in creating a culture that's comfortable taking risks and experimenting with new ways of doing things. It's through this experimentation that extraordinary innovation can be achieved."
Brian comes to Ping Identity by way of Zuora, where he served as CMO. At Zuora, he built a world-class team that defined the "Subscription Economy" market and established the company as the leader in the new subscription billing category. Previously, Brian was general manager of the Service & Portfolio Management Business at CA Technologies where he helped transition on-premise application businesses to subscription cloud services. Prior to CA, Brian oversaw marketing efforts at BMC Software, built Remedy Software's marketing organization to be a leader in IT Service Management, and held business development and product management roles at Extricity and Kao Corporation. Brian also spent several years with the Boston Consulting Group. Brian holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.
“I am Australian by birth, but have been able to overcome that obstacle. To me there is nothing more romantic than an evening white boarding federation flows with a nice IPA (my wife disagrees). I pronounce 'SAML' as 'SAM uhl' and not like that ridiculous 'SAM ehl' clique. I don't dream when I rest, I dream about REST.”
Patrick brings more than 20 years of software development, networking infrastructure and information security experience to the Office of the CTO. He is responsible for Ping Labs as well as establishing Ping Identity's product and technology strategy. Before Ping Identity, he was a vice president and security architect at Fidelity Investments, where he guided the strategic alignment of identity management and security technologies with the goals of the business. Before Fidelity he was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, were he built their Internet Security Practice. Patrick holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
“Nothing’s more powerful than a highly motivated team of people focused on accomplishing a shared goal. Winning software companies build teams with the shared goal of delivering innovative products that delight customers. The passion to build winning products drives me.”
Ed brings more than two decades of technology leadership to Ping, having spent most of that time in high-growth software companies. He was most recently SVP of R&D and SaaS Operations at Compuware/Gomez, where he helped build Gomez and integrate the company with Compuware to create the APM market leader. Ed was also SVP of Global R&D with Witness Systems, Inc. where he built the company’s global R&D team as the company grew rapidly over several years before being acquired by Verint. As CTO and VP of Product Management at Webhire, Inc., he helped transform the company's strategy and solutions into a profitable SaaS model. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at Instream Corporation and Lotus Development Corporation. Ed earned his MS at Boston University.
“I have an entrepreneurial spirit and believe in the power of the team. Personal experience has taught me that a highly functioning team will always deliver more value than a group of highly talented individuals.”
In the last two decades Mike has helped recruit, organize and mentor teams that have delivered outstanding strategic, operational and financial results for their organizations. Prior to Ping Identity, he was Executive Vice President of Human Capital for TeleTech, responsible for the overall people operations of a global employee base of 41,000 people in more than 25 countries. He helped modernize their Human Capital platform to improve recruiting, training, performance management and total rewards functions worldwide. Before Teletech, Mike founded and was the CEO of venture backed eLearning company ActiveEducation. He is an avid road bike rider and a strong supporter of Colorado’s MS 150.
"I believe that enabling business and reducing risks are not mutually exclusive concepts. My goal is to provide nimble and thoughtful counsel in the exciting environment that is Ping, and to have a lot of fun doing it."
Lauren joined Ping Identity in 2010 as its sole attorney, and now she leads a legal department of four. Prior to Ping, Lauren managed legal efforts at Collective Intellect, Inc. as their Corporate Counsel, and she also worked as an associate in Cooley LLP's corporate group. Lauren earned her law degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives. She also holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. As a mother of three girls, Lauren finds peace by being an avid early morning runner and fitting in two cups of coffee before getting to work.
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