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Leadership Team

Chief Executive OffIcer

JOHN BATES

JOHN BATES

Dr. John Bates is a visionary technologist and highly-accomplished business leader. He pioneered the space of streaming analytics as Co-founder, President and CTO of Apama (acquired by Progress Software in 2005 and now part of Software AG). He drove the evolution of platforms for digital business while serving as EVP of Corporate Strategy and CTO at Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS), and as CTO of Big Data, Head of Industry Solutions and CMO at Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX:SOW). More recently he drove the commercial development of platforms to support Internet of Things applications, serving as CEO at Plat.One (acquired by SAP in 2016). John holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK and is the author of the book “Thingalytics: Smart Big Data Analytics for the Internet of Things”.

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Verdin

Chris Verdin

Chris Verdin is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. He then held treasury and risk management roles in major banks before his move into the technology sector. In a number of software and services businesses he has played pivotal roles in fund raising, MBOs, M&A activities and patent litigation. Chris enjoys life in London with his young family and boasts of his culinary abilities.

Chief Technology Officer

Antony Edwards

Antony Edwards

Antony studied computer engineering at the University of South Wales, Australia. He worked as a developer in Sydney before joining IBM Research in New York. Moving to London, Antony joined mobile operating system builder Symbian, moving from system architecture to eventually become a VP and member of the executive team. More recently he held the position of CTO with a major US on-line entertainment company. Australian born Antony lives in London with his Swiss wife and culturally confused daughters.

Chief People Officer

Liz Andora

Liz Andora

Liz has 20 years of HR experience, joining TestPlant from Rally Software (recently acquired by CA Technologies), where she was Vice President, People. She has a strong background in leading HR for leading technology companies, including Sun Microsystems and HP, and has a history of aligning people strategies with business imperatives to create diverse, engaging and collaborative cultures. 

President, Americas

Richard Ward

Richard Ward

Richard Ward is an engineering graduate from Bath University. In 2009, he joined TestPlant and has since been promoted through the ranks, consistently over-achieving at every level. He led TestPlant’s expansion into the US defense and security industry sectors. He was appointed as Sales Director in early 2011 and began to build a sales team in the UK, the USA and more recently in Asia. He now lives in San Francisco, nursing a curious love of old Land Rovers.

Chief Marketing Officer

DRU JACOBS

DRU JACOBS

Dru has over 20 years of global experience building and implementing digital marketing and sales strategies for fast growth, B2B SaaS companies. Most recently Dru was VP worldwide product marketing at CA Technologies, where he led an agile marketing team responsible for the go-to-market strategy of CA’s Agile Management business unit. Prior to its acquisition by CA, he led revenue marketing at Rally Software, where he helped drive revenue growth across Rally’s global sales channels through customer acquisition, expansion and retention programs. Dru likes to run, cycle, cook and spend time with his wife and two young girls, and one very large Bernese Mountain dog.

EVP Sales & Alliances

Andy Menzies

Andy Menzies

Board

CHAIRMAN

JON RICHARDS

JON RICHARDS

Jon Richards studied mathematics before embarking on a life long career in IT. He began as a programmer with GEC, had early business success in a computer systems house, became the CEO of a public company and later chaired a UK government body. Jon now holds a number of chairmanships in businesses in the testing and travel sectors. This is his third successful venture with the TestPlant chief executive. Jon lives in Hampshire with his family and a decent golf handicap.

Chief Executive Officer

JOHN BATES

JOHN BATES

Dr. John Bates is a visionary technologist and highly-accomplished business leader. He pioneered the space of streaming analytics as Co-founder, President and CTO of Apama (acquired by Progress Software in 2005 and now part of Software AG). He drove the evolution of platforms for digital business while serving as EVP of Corporate Strategy and CTO at Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS), and as CTO of Big Data, Head of Industry Solutions and CMO at Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX:SOW). More recently he drove the commercial development of platforms to support Internet of Things applications, serving as CEO at Plat.One (acquired by SAP in 2016). John holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK and is the author of the book “Thingalytics: Smart Big Data Analytics for the Internet of Things”.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michael Wand

Michael Wand

Michael is a Managing Director and Head of the Europe Technology advising group at Carlyle – and sits on the board at TestPlant.  Prior to joining Carlyle in 2001, Michael worked for approximately 10 years in investment banking, the last seven years in the technology sector. His previous investments include The Foundry, KCS.net, ADA Cosmetics, Personal & Informatik AG, UC4 Software, FRS Global, Apama, Inc. and SmartTrust AB. Michael received his M.B.A. from Mannheim University in Germany and the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.A. degree in economics and business administration from Mannheim University in Germany. 

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte is an Associate Director in the European Technology fund at Carlyle, advising on European buyout and growth investments – and sits on the board at TestPlant. She joined Carlyle in early 2010, and has been actively involved in investments in FRS Global, The Foundry, Graze, Itconic and TestPlant. Prior to joining Carlyle, she worked in the Investment Banking Divisions at Merrill Lynch and UBS in London. Charlotte received her MPhysPhil in physics and philosophy from Oxford University.

Non-Executive Director

GEORGE MACKINTOSH

GEORGE MACKINTOSH

George read business and economics at the University of Edinburgh still retaining a link there through his role as an entrepreneur in residence. George worked in manufacturing for Ford in Dagenham before moving to the telecommunication’s industry. He has raised money to build businesses in the UK, USA and Hong Kong and managed their sale and integration into major telcos. At home in London, George is an ageing semi-pro racing driver with a gardening habit.

Advisors

TestPlant Advisory Panel

John Varney

John Varney

John Varney currently runs his own consultancy, Maximum Clarity, supporting public and private sector bodies with a wide range of technology issues. His previous roles include global CTO for the BBC and Director of Technology for Granada plc. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Television Society. When he has some time, his passions are photography, gardening and the history of Victorian Britain.

TestPlant Advisory Panel

Werner Schmücking

Werner Schmücking

Werner Schmücking had a 40 year career with Siemens serving in sales, marketing, product management and development, general management and strategic planning roles. He held CEO, Chairman and board posts in Siemens’ companies in Germany, Italy, the USA and the UK. Werner was President of the German Telecom Manufacturers Association (ZVEI), and he was co-founder and VP of the German Association for IT, Telecom and New Media (BITKOM). Werner lives in Munich and plays a mean game of tennis. 

TestPlant Advisory Panel

Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, speaker, rowing coach and publisher. Founding chair of the British Computer Society Information Systems Examination Board (BCS ISEB), educated at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College London, Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited, and host of UK Test Management Forum. Paul starred (appeared as a rower, briefly) in a recent episode of the UK TV drama Midsomer Murders.