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Yogesh Gupta Progress CEO
Yogesh Gupta
Chief Executive Officer

A technologist at heart, Progress Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Gupta is passionate about how technology can make life simpler—both in the workplace and at home. He brings an infectious energy to work each day, defining company strategy and direction, gaining alignment and ensuring each team has what it needs to execute. His goal is for Progress to be a powerful voice in fueling marketplace transformation.

Yogesh blends his experience as a developer, marketer, CTO and CEO into a unified whole, and has led organizations ranging from start-ups to public tech companies. Yogesh understands the importance and value of agility at scale, making him uniquely qualified to lead Progress into the future. He comes to Progress from CEO roles at Kaseya and FatWire Software, and rose through the ranks to CTO while at CA. Yogesh also loves mentoring entrepreneurs, where he gets as much as he gives by nurturing the next generation of tech innovators. From monitoring both marketplace trends and customer needs, Yogesh keeps Progress a step ahead in building innovative products that customers want, driving both revenue and shareholder value.

A recognized expert in emerging technologies and industry trends, and a published author, Yogesh holds a patent in the field of neural networks. He earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Kurt Abkemeier Progress CFO
Kurt Abkemeier
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Abkemeier, provides the financial leadership Progress needs to make smarter and faster operational decisions. Kurt brings out the best in his team so they, in turn, can empower Progress leaders with the clarity and support they need to move the company forward.

Kurt has over 20 years of financial experience forming financial strategies, raising capital and taking companies from the earliest stages through IPOs by motivating large teams. In fact, Kurt mentors and inspires his teams to push past what might be comfortable, en route to personal success, career growth—and strong business outcomes.

A deeply creative person, Kurt plays the guitar and appreciates music, painting and all manner of creative expression. It’s these dueling passions that have made Kurt such a valuable contributor as the CFO of Inteliquent, Flashpoint Mentor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Vice President, Finance and Treasurer at Cbeyond and Director of Finance and Strategic Planning at AirGate PCS. While at Cbeyond, he coordinated a $70M IPO with a secondary offering of over $100M.

Kurt is a Chartered Financial Analyst who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

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Stephen Faberman
Chief Legal Officer

Ask Steve Faberman what he does as Progress Chief Legal Officer, and he’ll tell you that he’s the conscience of the company, always working to spur a forward trajectory for Progress as it executes on aggressive growth strategies. His team navigates legal plumbing to keep Progress fully compliant, transparent and above board in all it does. Steve is passionate about answering the “how” questions behind Progress success: how it builds, buys or partners to extend its market leadership position.

A Red Sox loyalist who boldly voices his fandom for Bruce Springsteen, Steve has seen the “The Boss” in concert over 20 times. Steve’s personality perfectly matches his profession. His innate commitment to honest decision making is an ideal fit for his role as Progress Chief Compliance Officer. Steve’s quick-witted humor is a true asset, and one frequently refined on the Progress executive team.

Steve brought a wealth of experience to Progress from his early days as a partner at Bingham McCutchen, to his Vice President, Corporate Counsel experience at Heritage Property Investment Trust. Steve has long led teams in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, intellectual property, real estate, litigation and more. Steve earned his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School, and holds a B.A. degree in History from Tufts University.

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Svetozar Georgiev
Senior Vice President, Application Platforms

As Senior Vice President of Application Platforms, Svetozar Georgiev is a daring app development visionary focused on driving trends, not following them. He’s a thoughtful, yet bold leader that inspires the entire Sitefinity team to make quantum leaps forward, redefining development possibilities in the process.

Svetozar, or ”Zarko” as he’s known around the halls, was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Inc., where he was instrumental in establishing the Telerik brand and growing the marketing and financial organizations. Zarko’s expertise in product positioning, marketing research and communications helped Telerik become one of the most recognized brands in the developer tools space, which has continued since its acquisition by Progress in 2014.

A graduate of the American University in Bulgaria, with degrees in Journalism and Business Administration, Zarko channels his inner DJ, sailor, snowboarder and mud-loving off-roader when at play to embody a true “work hard, play hard” philosophy.

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Melissa Puls
Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Marketing Officer, Melissa Puls, leads an energetic and results-driven organization, where her 20 years of experience informs Progress strategy and brand vision.

Melissa inspires her team to think bigger and bolder, always recognizing that a good idea can come from anywhere and viewing problems as opportunities for inventive solutions. As vice president of Iron Mountain’s Global Demand Center, she applied an effective “lead to revenue” model that improved marketing’s contribution to revenue from 4 to 25%—just one of her many bankable accomplishments. Melissa honed her craft in marketing roles at Infor, Infinium Software (later SSA Global) and Kronos, after earning bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Psychology from Franklin Pierce University.

Melissa loves to spend time with her family and is an impressive tap dancer: challenge her at your own peril.

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Jerry Rulli
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Jerry Rulli creates a motivational atmosphere that keeps the entire Progress team focused on meeting both strategic targets and customer needs. His team is responsible for aligning business unit priorities, go-to-market strategies and ensuring operational excellence across the company. In doing so, he fosters an entrepreneurial culture that drives innovation, pushing staff past the boundaries of what’s comfortable, while delivering on near-term plans which are core to the future of Progress.

Jerry is an optimistic believer in the power of persistence, working hard and having fun—great qualities that fueled his rise from entry-level sales to the C-suite. Prior to Progress, Jerry was Executive Vice President of Worldwide sales at Iron Mountain where he transformed their go-to-market strategy and sales effectiveness while transitioning sales and marketing to a vertical market approach. Beyond building strong customer and partner relationships, Jerry is known as a music lover and believes everyone’s music collection is incomplete without some element of Van Morrison in their library. Jerry also enjoys the outdoors, traveling and golf. Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

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Faris Sweis
Chief Transformation Officer

Chief Transformation Officer, Faris Sweis is not just driven to build the best products and solutions, but to do so in new and unexpected ways that keep Progress an innovation leader. Faris is focused on helping customers tackle their digital transformation challenges, including via the newly launched Progress DigitalFactory cloud-based solution. A fierce customer champion, Faris enjoys leading a cutting edge engineering team in work that changes the world, one product and customer success at a time.

Boldly tackling software development challenges for over 15 years, Faris was previously the Chief Technical Officer for Telerik, acquired by Progress in 2014. This admitted tech-gadget guy loves basketball almost as much as a good political or religious debate. Yet, much of his work and technology ethic was shaped by his time at Microsoft, Dell and his former start-up, Art OfTest, all of which came after his Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Purdue University.

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Dimitre Taslakov
Chief Talent Officer

Progress Chief Talent Officer, Dimi Taslakov, leverages the strategic skills of the number one Progress asset—its people—to help employees find an optimal path, for themselves and the company. This ensures Progress makes a positive impact for customers, employees, shareholders and the many communities the company serves.

Dimi played a vital role at Telerik for over 10 years, prior its 2014 acquisition by Progress. Among his many contributions, he served as General Manager for Telerik Americas, Global Sales Lead and Chief Talent Officer, where he secured top talent and promoted a unique corporate culture across four continents.

As someone who learns by doing, Dimi makes his dent in the universe by embracing new challenges as opportunities to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible. His passion is working with people who believe they can change the world, and channeling that energy into action that gives Progress a competitive edge.

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Vassil Terziev
Chief Innovation Officer

The resolve Vassil Terziev once applied to hiking the Himalayas, he now channels into envisioning and promoting innovation at Progress. As Chief Innovation Officer, Vassil identifies growth strategies and new market opportunities to keep Progress at the forefront of emerging technologies.

As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Vassil guided the company to the pinnacle of the application development sector, growing sales and support, and establishing a fanatical dedication to customer service. Vassil’s vision and dedication led Telerik to solid profitability and an earned reputation for quality and innovation, which has continued since its acquisition by Progress in 2014.

A graduate of the American University of Bulgaria, Vassil often treks the globe with colleagues to gain inspiration for new technologies and mentor the next generation of developers. He’s a hands-on leader who believes every Progress employee and customer success contributes to making the world a little bit better.

Yogesh Gupta Progress CEO
Yogesh Gupta
Chief Executive Officer

A technologist at heart, Progress Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Gupta is passionate about how technology can make life simpler—both in the workplace and at home. He brings an infectious energy to work each day, defining company strategy and direction, gaining alignment and ensuring each team has what it needs to execute. His goal is for Progress to be a powerful voice in fueling marketplace transformation.

Yogesh blends his experience as a developer, marketer, CTO and CEO into a unified whole, and has led organizations ranging from start-ups to public tech companies. Yogesh understands the importance and value of agility at scale, making him uniquely qualified to lead Progress into the future. He comes to Progress from CEO roles at Kaseya and FatWire Software, and rose through the ranks to CTO while at CA. Yogesh also loves mentoring entrepreneurs, where he gets as much as he gives by nurturing the next generation of tech innovators. From monitoring both marketplace trends and customer needs, Yogesh keeps Progress a step ahead in building innovative products that customers want, driving both revenue and shareholder value.

A recognized expert in emerging technologies and industry trends, and a published author, Yogesh holds a patent in the field of neural networks. He earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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Philip Pead
Director

Phil Pead was Progress CEO from 2012- 2016, and now serves on the Progress board of directors. Phil led Progress through its strategic transformation to becoming a global leader in application development, empowering the digital transformation organizations need to create and sustain engaging user experiences in today’s evolving marketplace.

As Progress President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil enabled the successful execution of Progress strategy. From defining the short and long term objectives, to reducing barriers to success, Phil established the right cultural tone so employees could work with unified purpose to achieve company goals. In so doing, Phil focused on maximizing value for shareholders, delivering amazing software solutions to customers, while ensuring talent could optimize career opportunities generated by Progress success.

Phil is energized by working with people undaunted by the impossible. This confidence is difficult to replicate, but Phil cultivated it at Progress—and lives it in his personal life. His educational work with the Posse Foundation, an organization dedicated to extending educational opportunities to exceptional students from all backgrounds, suits his optimistic world view. Phil chairs the Posse Foundation Atlanta Advisory Board and also serves on its national board in New York.

Before Progress, Phil was the Chairman of Allscripts and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eclipsys Corporation, until its merger with Allscripts in 2010. Other senior leadership roles included those at Per-Se Technologies, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Attachmate Corporation.

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Jack Egan
Non-Executive Chairman

Jack Egan is currently managing partner of Egan-Managed Capital, a Boston based venture capital fund he founded in October 1998 that specializes in technology and early stage investments. From October 1986 until September 1998, Egan served in a number of executive positions with EMC Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Products and Offerings, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Executive Vice President, Operations and Executive Vice President, International Sales. Egan ceased to be an employee of EMC Corporation in 2002.

Egan also serves on the Board of Directors for other publicly traded and privately held companies, including EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), where he has served on the Board of Directors for almost twenty years; VMware, Inc.(NYSE: VMW); and NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), where he serves as Lead Director, as well as Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT). Egan also serves in a variety of leadership roles within the Board of Directors of several privately held technology companies, including HighRoads Corporation, Platform Computing Corporation and Healthrageous, Inc. Egan holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Boston College.

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Michael Mark is a private investor and member of Walnut Venture Associates, an investment group seeking opportunities in early-stage and emerging high-tech companies in New England. In addition to serving as non-executive chairman of Progress Software, he also serves on several private boards.

After graduating from MIT in 1967, Mark co-founded Intercomp, a peripheral manufacturer, where he became president. In 1978 he founded American Energy Services, a company engaged in using computer technology to conserve energy. In 1982 he co-founded Cadmus Computer Corporation, a workstation manufacturer. He served there as vice president of Corporate Development. In 1985 Mark became vice president of System Integration at Interleaf, a provider of electronic publishing systems and software.

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Ram Gupta
Former President and CEO
Cast Iron Systems, Inc.

Ram Gupta currently serves on the board of directors at Progress Software, S1 Corporation, Yodlee Inc., Plateau Systems, Compiere, and Accruent, Inc. Gupta brings over 20 years strategy and execution expertise at global technology companies, including PeopleSoft, WebMD, Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services. He holds several patents in the U.S. and was awarded the Smithsonian Computer World "Search for the Heroes" Award for the year 2000.

Previously, Gupta was the president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems, Inc. Before that he was the executive vice president at PeopleSoft, where he was instrumental in taking the company from primarily an HR applications vendor in the U.S., to the second largest vendor of application suites worldwide. Ram was also the executive in charge of the company's $1.8 billion acquisition of JD Edwards that set off the consolidation trend in the ERP industry.

Prior to PeopleSoft, Gupta was the senior vice president and general manager at WebMD Corp. Before that he held various leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.

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Charles Kane is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Group and also in the Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kane serves as the audit chairman on the  Progress board of directors.

Kane is currently chairman of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation and was formerly the president of OLPC, a nonprofit organization that provides technology to enhance education in less developed countries. Prior to OLPC, Kane was a founding investor and CFO of Global BPO Services Corp., a Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. that acquired Stream Global Services.

Prior to Global BPO, Kane was the CFO of RSA Security (acquired by EMC); CFO of Aspen Technology; president and CEO of Corechange, Inc. (acquired by Open Text Corp.); and CFO of Informix Software (acquired by IBM).  He has also served in financial executive positions at Stratus Computer, Prime Computer, and Deloitte.

Throughout his career, Kane has been involved in developing and executing sophisticated financial strategies in globalizing corporations and mergers and acquisitions.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics, as well as other international financial topics and social entrepreneurial ventures.  Besides Progress, Kane is the audit chairman on the boards of Carbonite (CARB); Demandware (DWRE); RealPage (RP), and Photobox LTD.

He also served on the Boards of Applix (acquired by IBM); Borland Software (acquired by Micro Focus LTD; and Netezza Corp (acquired by IBM).  Kane is also on the Board and a founding member of the Hult Global Challenge which is now part of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a certified public accountant and has taught international finance at the business schools of Boston College and Babson College. Kane is the coauthor of the book, Learning to Change the World—the Social Impact of One Laptop per Child

Kane holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in international  finance from Babson College.

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David A. Krall
Strategic Advisor and Board of Directors Member
Universal Audio

David Krall currently serves as Strategic Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of Universal Audio. Prior to Universal Audio, Krall was president and chief operating officer of Roku, Inc. and now serves as a strategic advisor. Prior to Roku, Krall served for one and a half years as president and CEO of QSecure, and now serves as executive chair of the QSecure Board of Directors. Before joining QSecure, Krall served for seven years as president and CEO of Avid Technology, Inc., a leading tools provider to the media and entertainment industries, based in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Under Krall's leadership, Avid doubled its revenues to just under $1 Billion annually, introduced groundbreaking new products in its core businesses, and expanded into new markets through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Krall brings over 20 years of invaluable strategic and tactical management experience to Universal Audio from his leadership positions in the professional audio, video, digital media, and technology industries. Krall has experience working in companies ranging from small startups to public companies with thousands of employees serving worldwide marketplaces.