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CEO and Co-founder
Andi Gutmans provides vision and direction for Zend’s innovative leadership in the evolution and growth of PHP application development software and services. He has been instrumental in establishing and promoting PHP as a technology platform of choice for Web and mobile applications running on-premise and in the cloud. Mr. Gutmans has consistently championed the benefits of PHP openness, standardization and best practices among enterprise IT leaders and the developer community. As part of this effort, he has established strategic partnerships for Zend with Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, and led the vision and formation of the company’s Zend Framework open source project — two initiatives that are helping to drive PHP adoption among large enterprises worldwide.
Mr. Gutmans has been a key contributor to PHP since 1997, when he and Zend co-founder and CTO Zeev Suraski developed the foundation for PHP 3, widely acknowledged as a major turning point for the language. Soon afterward, Gutmans and Suraski introduced the Zend Engine, which powers PHP 4 and PHP 5. Today, more than one-third of the Web runs on PHP, which is used by an estimated 5 million developers worldwide.
Gutmans was recognized by InternetNews.com as one of the top 10 most visionary tech CEOs in 2010, he was chosen by Mashable as one of the “10 founding fathers of the Web”, and he was named one of Computerworld’s “40 innovative IT people to watch, under the age of 40.” He is a recognized author and frequent speaker on technology and business issues at global industry conferences. Gutmans is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder
Zeev Suraski was a lead contributor to PHP starting in 1997, when he and Andi Gutmans developed the foundation for PHP 3. That new version was a turning point for the language, which today powers over 20 million websites including Facebook and Yahoo! and enjoys a following of over 5 million developers. Zeev spearheaded the PHP 4 project, the version that tipped PHP to become the most popular Web development platform in the world, and later contributed to the PHP 5 project.
Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999 together with Andi Gutmans. He serves as CTO and leads the company's research & development teams . Zeev helped forge Zend as one of the key Web solutions providers, secured four rounds of financing, and established Zend's presence in the European market.
Zeev serves on the board of Zend Technologies and is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. Suraski holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Stu Schmidt leads all client facing functions for Zend (sales, support, customer success, consulting and business development), and his goal is to ensure that every client engagement produces outstanding business results.
Stu brings 25+ Years of leadership experience in scaling global business operations. He is a recognized thought leader in “Sales 2.0,” is credited with developing numerous sales and services processes for companies, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. As Vice President of Global Sales & Services at Unisfair, Schmidt led his sales and services team to become the leading provider of virtual events, resulting in Unisfair’s acquisition by InterCall in 2011. As Vice President of Solutions Sales at WebEx, Schmidt developed the sales processes that propelled the company from $120 million to $500 million in revenue, ultimately leading to an acquisition of WebEx by Cisco in 2007. Schmidt, as COO, also helped grow OAO Technologies’ annual revenue from its beginnings to $150 million in just three-and-a-half years.
Chief Financial Officer
Curt DiSibio is responsible for all finance and operational aspects at Zend Technologies. Curt brings more than 20 years of executive finance and operational management experience to Zend. Prior to joining Zend, Curt was Chief Financial Officer of Integral Development Corporation, a Foreign Exchange trading software company.
Before Integral, Curt was CFO of Acta Technology, a data integration software company. At Acta Curt led a $25 Million private financing round and later managed the sale of the company to Business Objects. Prior to Acta, Curt was CFO and COO of Saratoga Systems, Inc., a CRM software company. Curt has held CFO positions at InVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVN, acquired by General Electric), where he led the initial public offering in 1996 and a follow on public offering in 1997 as well as ELXSI (NASDAQ: ELXS). Early on Curt worked for CPA firm Hemming Morse, Inc.
Curt holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University, an MBA from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Global Support & Professional Services
Ido Ben Moshe is responsible for global technical services at Zend Technologies. In this role he manages technical support, professional services, pre-sales engineering and solution consulting.
He brings more than 15 years of experience in R&D management, technical services and product management. Ido joined Zend form BMC Software (NYSE:BMC) where he headed BMC’s Application Problem Resolution product line. Prior to this role he served as the North America CTO at Identify Software (acquired by BMC) where he was responsible for building and scaling professional services, customer support and IT operations as well as working with Identify’s strategic partners. Prior to that Ido held several R&D management positions at Identify, CallWare and DCL Technologies. He participates regularly in industry events focusing on Application lifecycle management and IT Service management. Ido holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Tel-Aviv University.
Liat Shahar is responsible for worldwide Human Resources activities at Zend Technologies. Liat manages workforce planning/staffing, talent management, compensation and benefits, and organizational development.
Prior to joining Zend, Liat had more than 10 years of experience at Intel Semiconductors. She worked in a variety of strategic HR roles and her experience includes organizational development consulting and HR management for a range of different Intel departments in Israel, Europe and the US. Additionally, Liat was the HR program manager for a new factory and a Mergers and Acquisition project.
Liat's education includes a BA in Organizational Behavior and a masters in Organizational Psychology from the Ben-Gurion University. She also holds a certification as a life coach from the Israeli Coaching Association.