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Meet the Team

The Fairwinds Team

Fairwinds brings together folks of all levels, backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build a robust team with deep technical and operational expertise. In addition to providing our customers with secure, reliable, and scalable Kubernetes infrastructure services and software, we are committed to giving back to the open source community. As a remote-first organization with employees distributed across the U.S., we value trust, transparency, and empathy.

Leadership Team

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Bill brings over 30 years of technology and security experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer at Fairwinds. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Black Duck Software, an open source security company acquired by Synopsys. He has held executive / founder positions at Speechworks (acq. by Nuance), Virtual Iron (acq. by Oracle), Avalere (acq. by Iron Mountain) and Digital Guardian.

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Bill Ledingham
Chief Executive Officer
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Sarah's unique background in DevOps and infrastructure enabled her to transition into the Kubernetes ecosystem. Today, her teams help companies build and maintain reliable, scalable, and secure Kubernetes clusters using a combination of open source technology, automation, best practices and expertise. 

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Sarah Zelechoski
VP of Engineering
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Joe is VP of Product Strategy for Fairwinds, where he is responsible for leading teams that build solutions to bridge the gap between developers, security, and operations. His product experience ranges from lean startup incubations to managing high growth products through to maturity. Prior to Fairwinds, Joe was a Director of Product Management at Veracode, which was acquired by Thoma Bravo in 2018 for $950m.

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Joe Pelletier
VP of Product
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EJ is the Chief Technology Officer for Fairwinds. EJ has been involved in Development and DevOps for over 10 years. Prior to Fairwinds he was the DevOps Manager at Smarsh, a financial archival company. Previously, he held DevOps roles at a variety of high tech start-ups.  
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EJ Etherington
Chief Technical Officer
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Kendall was one of the first hires at Fairwinds and has spent the past 5 years making the dream of disrupting infrastructure a reality, while keeping his finger on the pulse of changing demands in the market and valuable partnership opportunities.

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Kendall Miller
President
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Debbie leads marketing at Fairwinds. With a background in marketing, product management and IT consulting at cybersecurity and infrastructure companies, she provides unique experiences, perspectives and leadership to help organizations rapidly grow their revenue and new customer logos.

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Debbie Umbach
VP of Marketing
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Mary is responsible for the financial, HR and legal operations at Fairwinds. Her experience includes CFO roles with Foley, Storwize (IBM), Virtual Iron (Oracle) and Ucentric (Motorola). She holds a B.S. in Accounting from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.
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Mary Henry
Chief Financial Officer
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Brian serves as VP of Sales leading the Sales and Customer Success teams to help bring Fairwinds' Kubernetes Enablement solutions to customers. His experience includes multiple roles leading Go-To-Market strategy in startups from growth stage through acquisition. Prior to Fairwinds, Brian lead Sales and Customer Success for Cobalt.io and GTM strategy Veracode where he spent 8 years. After Veracode's acquisition by CA Technologies, Brian served as Director of Sales Integration and Strategy for CA Technologies. 
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Brian Levin
VP of Sales
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Robert drives software initiatives at Fairwinds with a heavy focus on open source. He has worked for years on developer tooling and software infrastructure, focusing on the development of software that abstracts away the complexity of underlying infrastructure to enable an optimal experience for engineers.

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Robert Brennan
Director of Open Source

Board of Directors

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Bill brings over 30 years of technology and security experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer at Fairwinds. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Black Duck Software, an open source security company acquired by Synopsys. He has held executive / founder positions at Speechworks (acq. by Nuance), Virtual Iron (acq. by Oracle), Avalere (acq. by Iron Mountain) and Digital Guardian.

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Bill Ledingham
Board Member
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Bob is the Chairman of the Board at Fairwinds. Previously Bob was Executive Director for CA, after being Chairman and CEO of Veracode, which was acquired by CA in March 2017. Prior to Veracode, Bob was the CEO of Iron Mountain. He also held roles as Chairman and CEO of Connected Corporation (acq. by Iron Mountain) and as General Manager for Network and Service Management at Cisco. He serves on the Boards of At Scale, OneDB and EforAll Roxbury.
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Bob Brennan
Chairman of the Board
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Rob Ketterson is a Board Member at Fairwinds. He has focused for 25 years on private investment opportunities in information technology, software and tech-enabled services. In 2010, Rob was Founding Partner at Volition Capital, a technology growth equity firm where he remains a senior advisor and board member to several portfolio companies. Rob’s additional board directorships include Cortera, Ensighten, PlayerLync, Swoogo and Vana Technologies.
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Rob Ketterson
Board Member

Meet Some of Our Engineers

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Kim Schlesinger
Site Reliability Engineer
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Ivan Fetch
Solutions Architect
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Daniel O'Sullivan
Lead Site Reliability Engineer
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Crismar Mejia
Site Reliability Engineer
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Andy Suderman
Lead R&D Engineer
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Luke Reed
Site Reliability Engineer
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Corey Obrien
Lead Site Reliability Engineer
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Stevie Caldwell
Site Reliability Engineer
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Swaroop Katika
Site Reliability Engineer
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Dakoda Wogan
Site Reliability Engineer
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Fairwinds is a company founded on talent.

That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new members of the team. You can work with the best people, and you can do it from anywhere in the country.

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