Meet the band.

With more than 80 combined years in the software industry, our team of rockstars is made up of open source icons and innovators. 

Leadership

Mike Ellis

Chief Executive Officer

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With more than 30 years of experience in the software and technology industries, Mike has held senior executive roles at SAP, i2 Technologies, Oracle, and Apple. Mike has also provided consulting expertise to some of the largest software firms and venture-funded startups to define and drive new growth and execution opportunities.

Mike has played and performed professionally as a guitarist and keyboard player and still enjoys playing.

Lasse Andresen

Chief Technology Officer

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A powerhouse of tireless can-do enthusiasm, Lasse brings a unique blend of business, technical and people skills to ForgeRock. His 20+ years of experience in the software industry includes leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems (he served as CTO for Sun Central and Northern Europe) and Texas Instruments. Lasse was also the co-founder and CTO of Gravityrock. Lasse’s passion and vision for entrepreneurship ensures ForgeRock is always ready to execute and deliver.

Did we mention he also used to play the keyboard in a band?

Jamie Nelson

Vice President of Engineering

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Jamie has more than 20 years of experience building high-performance enterprise software and has focused on identity and access management for 10 years. Prior to joining ForgeRock, Jamie served as the Director of Engineering at Sun Microsystems, where he led access management, federation and web services. His team was also responsible for creating and building the product and community around the single sign-on project OpenSSO. Jamie has also held management and engineering positions in enterprise portal software, user management and network management.

Daniel Raskin

Vice President of Marketing

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Daniel has more than 15 years of experience building brands and driving product leadership. Prior to joining ForgeRock, he served as Chief Identity Strategist at Sun Microsystems. Daniel has also held leadership positions at McGraw-Hill, NComputing, Barnes & Noble and Agari. He holds a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University.

John Barco

Vice President of Product Management

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John has more than 20 years of experience building innovative products for enterprise customers with focus on identity and access management for the last 12 years. Prior to joining ForgeRock, he served as Sr. Director of Product Management for the Identity Management group at Sun Microsystems. John has also held leadership positions at iPlanet, Silicon Graphics, NComputing, and IronKey. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Missouri State University.

Neil Chapman

Senior Vice President & Managing Director EMEA / International

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Neil has been selling mission-critical enterprise technology solutions across the globe for nearly 20 years. He has worked with financial services giants like Enron and Credit Suisse and headed sales and business development at a variety of enterprise solution vendors. A veteran of several startups and mid-stage growth technology companies, Neil brings an entrepreneurial, commercial-driven focus to ForgeRock’s growth strategy. Neil is passionate about open source, good science, mountains and the written word.

Steve Ferris

Vice President of Services

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Steve has spent over a decade providing consulting, training and support to many of Sun Microsystems’ key accounts and evangelizing the open source and open standard story. His professionalism and dedication to outstanding customer service is what makes ForgeRock the industry leader in customer support. An ardent computer scientist, Steve can often be found sitting at his laptop with his two labradors, Peach and Pelham, and his springer spaniel Porter.

Jamie Dudley

Senior Vice President Sales, Americas

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Jamie brings more than 20 years of software experience to ForgeRock. Most recently, Jamie ran WW sales at Boundary and Nimsoft (acquired by CA). At Nimsoft, Jamie helped lead the company from $15M to more than $100M in bookings while running North American Sales and then Global Sales. Prior to Nimsoft/CA, Jamie has lead sales teams at AlarmPoint (now XMatters), Quest Software (now part of Dell Software), and Peregrine Systems (now part of HP). He is a proud alumni of Gonzaga University and is a big sports fan and music guy (although he claims no instrumental or vocal talent)!

John Fernandez

Chief Financial Officer

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John comes to ForgeRock with more than 15 years of experience leading finance organizations and building great teams at both public and private companies. Before joining ForgeRock, John was SVP Finance at Rearden Commerce where he oversaw FP&A, accounting, business operations and reporting, treasury, facilities, IT, HR and stock administration. John played a lead role in all M&A, equity, and debt transactions for Rearden. John spent five years at Siebel Systems working in sales forecasting, compensation, credit & collections, and revenue accounting. John also worked for UBS Financial Services where he focused primarily on portfolio management and corporate cash management for bay area technology companies. John has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

Frank Pisciuneri

Vice President of Finance

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Frank brings broad international experience in finance, operations, human resources and business development to ForgeRock. A former managing director at Silicon Valley Bank, Frank is a seasoned business developer. He has served as CFO at Wyse Technology, held numerous senior management positions at Citrix Systems and Ryder Systems, and worked as an auditor at Deloitte.

When he’s not crunching numbers, Frank is rocking out on his electric guitar.

Advisors

Scott McNealy

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Scott McNealy is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the computer technology company he started in 1982 with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim and the progenitor of many ForgeRock open-source products. He is the former CEO of Sun and current chairman of Wayin, a mobile Q&A polling service designed to let individuals and brands quickly create and respond to polls in real-time. McNealy earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Investors

Bruce Golden, Accel Partners

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Bruce joined Accel Partners in 1997 and primarily focuses on investments in enterprise software and internet companies. Bruce has helped develop several companies from first venture investment to NASDAQ IPO, including comScore (SCOR), Responsys (MKTG), and Support.com (SPRT). In 2004, Bruce led Accel’s investment in Qliktech, which went public in July 2010 with one of the largest venture returns of any European-originated company in history, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bruce was named by Forbes in their 2011, 2012 and 2013 Midas list of the top 100 venture investors. Bruce currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at several private and public companies, including Correlsense, Forgerock, MindCandy, MyHeritage, OpenGamma, Qliktech (QLIK – NASDAQ) and Responsys (MKTG-NASDAQ). He holds a MBA from Stanford and a BA from Columbia University.

Accel Partners is an elite global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, New York, London, China and India, and a history of handpicking and funding many of the tech industry’s biggest winners. Accel Partners’ $7 million investment in 2012 has allowed ForgeRock to grow the business by leaps and bounds, adding staff and significantly expanding its customer base. Accel has a track record of backing companies that define their industry — ForgeRock is here to take up the torch in the identity and access management space. Founded in 1983, Accel Partners is renowned for excellence and innovation in the venture capital business and is dedicated to partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class companies.

Warren Weiss, Foundation Capital

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Warren joined Foundation Capital in 2002 and focuses primarily on investments in emerging software companies — both licensed and software as a service — as well as on those in the Cleantech industry. Warren has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry, including time as president and CEO of four public and private software companies. Warren was named to the 2012 Forbes Midas List of Technology’s Top Investors for his work with Silver Spring Networks. He currently serves on the boards of CliQr Technologies, Deem, ForgeRock, InterAct, Moxie Software, SilkRoad Technologies, Silver Spring Networks, and Visier. Past investments include eMeter (acquired by Siemens) and MarkMonitor (acquired by Thomson Reuters). He holds a BS from Western Illinois University.

Foundation Capital is a venture capital firm driven by the singular goal of changing the world — about leaving it a better place – by building great companies.  It is this entrepreneurial spirit along with a deep technical expertise that gives the partners the understanding, perspective, and enthusiasm to help promising companies in their formative stages. Foundation Capital targets innovative opportunities in cleantech, consumer Internet and infrastructure; telecommunications and networking; and enterprise software and on-demand services. Foundation Capital maintains investments in nearly 70 ventures, including Calix, Financial Engines, Netflix and Silver Spring Networks. For more information, visit www.foundationcapital.com

Alex Ott

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With nearly 20 years of experience, Alex Ott is a seasoned veteran in the enterprise software technology industry. He is recognized as a sales and marketing expert with broad knowledge and expertise in growing sales, international markets and shareholder value. Ott is the owner and founder of CrossContinentalVentures, a global advisory firm since 2003 that partners with entrepreneurs in thought-leading technology enterprises. He previously served on the executive committee of Siebel Systems and on the extended management board at SAP AG. Ott holds a degree in economics and business management from University BA of Mannheim, Germany.

Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the computer technology company he started in 1982 with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim and the progenitor of many ForgeRock open-source products. He is the former CEO of Sun and current chairman of Wayin, a mobile Q&A polling service designed to let individuals and brands quickly create and respond to polls in real-time. McNealy earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.