Zend - The PHP Company


Zend is the leading provider of professional PHP solutions for business-critical web applications.  Zend's senior management team brings to the table a blend of technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and operational acumen, coupled with a strong global perspective, that enables Zend's rapid growth.

Zend Technologies Management

Andi Gutmans Andi Gutmans
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.

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Zeev Suraski Zeev Suraski
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. 

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Stu Schmidt Stu Schmidt

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.

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Elaine Lennox Elaine Lennox
Chief Marketing Officer

Elaine Lennox is Chief Marketing Officer for Zend Technologies. In this role, she guides marketing strategy, market development and go-to-market activities for Zend’s worldwide operations.

Prior to joining Zend, Elaine was Vice President of Marketing within IBM’s Systems and Technology Group, where she led marketing and sales activities serving IBM’s largest clients and drove significant growth initiatives for enterprise datacenter strategy, cloud computing and energy efficiency. Elaine also created a new growth business for IBM around advanced text analytics (the technology that enabled IBM’s “Watson” computer  to compete on Jeopardy! in 2011). Elaine also led System i (AS/400) marketing initiatives in collaboration with user groups and partners to drive growth of application development on the System i platform. Her previous experience includes leadership roles in marketing and partner programs targeting SMBs for HP and IBM, and for startup Whistle Communications, which became the leading provider of Internet appliances and services for the small business market before its acquisition by IBM. Elaine holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Aston Business School in England.

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Curt Disibio Curt DiSibio
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. 

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Ido Ben Moshe Ido Ben Moshe
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.

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Ido Ben MosheLiat Shahar,
Vice President, Human Resources

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.

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Board Of Directors

Mark Burton Mark Burton, Executive Chairman

Mark Burton has 29 years of sales and marketing experience. His past accomplishments include executive sales roles at MySQL AB and Informatica. At MySQL, as EVP of worldwide sales and alliances, he contributed as the sales executive building a worldwide sales engine monetizing the MySQL open source brand and culminating in a $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems in February 2008. At Informatica, Mark held roles as senior vice president of Americas sales and eventually group vice president of worldwide sales and alliances. His contribution helped grow Informatica from $12m to over $150m in sales resulting in a successful IPO in April 1999 and a secondary offering in September 2000. Other positions include several vice president of sales and marketing roles in early stage companies, executive-in-residence at Partech International Venture Partners, and regional sales management at Oracle, among others.

Mark also has appointments on the board of directors of open-source leaders MuleSource and Infobright as well as on the advisory board for Jaspersoft.

Harel Beit-onHarel Beit-On, Board Member

Harel Beit-On is the founder and general partner of Viola Private Equity. Harel is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of management leadership in the IT industry and an extensive investment and exit record. The former CEO, President & Chairman of Tecnomatix (NASDAQ: TCNO), a leading provider of complete enterprise software solutions for process management and collaboration, Harel led the company for over eight-year, during which the company grew to $100 million in revenues and more than 650 employees. In 2005, he led the successful sale of Tecnomatix to UGS, a global leader in the Product Lifecycle Management, for $228 million. Harel is one of the original founders of Carmel Ventures. He is a former Chairman of ECtel (NASDAQ: ECTX) and currently serves as Chairman of Lumenis (NASDAQ: LUME), Israel's largest medical device company, where he has led a successful investment round of $150 million and continues to oversee the company’s turnaround. Harel serves as an active board member on the boards of a number of leading emerging technology companies, where he leverages an extensive global network of partners, investors, entrepreneurs and executives in helping these companies achieve their objectives and build value.

Andre Boisvert Andre Boisvert, Board Member

Over his 30-year career, Andre has held numerous senior executive positions at some of the world's leading software companies including Cognos, Oracle Corporation, and SAS Institute Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer. In 2002, Andre joined the board of directors of VA Software (NASDAQ: LNUX), the creator of SourceForge.net, the largest open source development site on the Internet. During his four year term at VA Software, Boisvert developed a wealth of knowledge about open source projects and their applicability to solving real world problems. This led to his co-founding the world’s first open source end-to-end BI company, Pentaho Corporation. Boisvert then went on to invest and serve as an advisor/director of several other leading commercial open source companies, REvolution Analytics (the “Red Hat” of R), Zenoss Inc. (systems management) and Infobright (data warehousing). Boisvert is also Chairman of Palamida Corporation, the leader in Software Composition Analysis for intellectual property & security risk management, Vice-Chairman of River Logic, a leader in advance & predictive analytics and Clario Analytics, a cloud based analytics solution, and servers also serves as a board member for Emailvision, Webtrends, and Issuer Direct (OTC:ISDR).

Cameron Lester Cameron Lester, Board Member

Cameron Lester is a founding general partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies. His current board memberships include Limbo, PSS Systems, ROME, SourceCode Technology and Zend Technologies. Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004).

Immediately prior to Azure, Cameron was a managing director and the group head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Prior to CSFB, Cameron was a director and the group head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Cameron was a vice president at PaineWebber, focused on software. Over the course of his career, Cameron has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading private and public software companies. Notable firms include Advent Software, Baan, BEA Systems, Brio Technology, BSQUARE, Citrix Systems, Cygnus, DigitalThink, E.piphany, HNC Software, i2 Technologies, Infinity Financial, Informatica, Interwoven, JD Edwards, Liberate Technologies, NetDynamics, NetIQ, Onyx Software, PLATINUM technology, Pure Atria, Retek, Salesforce.com, Think Systems, Vantive, VERITAS Software, and Vitria Technology.

Cameron received his bachelor's in economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Moshe Mor Moshe Mor, Board Member

A Partner with the Venture Firm Greylock Partners, Moshe Mor focuses on enterprise software, systems and services. Working in Greylock’s Israel office Mor brings operational and venture experience to Zend’s Board. He was a member of SPL's founding team; from 1995 he led it as its CEO through rapid expansion to reach 1,000 employees and $150 million in revenues worldwide. Prior to SPL WorldGroup, Moshe held management positions in software companies in diverse stages, from start-ups to large established players. Moshe leads Greylock's international investment activities in Israel, Europe and emerging regions in concert with other Greylock partners in both the Bay Area and the Boston offices.

Moshe holds a bachelor's in economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Andi Gutmans, Board Member, Chief Executive Officer

(See biography above under Management)

Zeev Suraski, Board Member, Chief Technology Officer

(See biography above under Management)

Lisa Lambert, Intel Capital Board Observer

Nino Marakovic, SAP Ventures Board Observer

Sami Totah, Viola Private Equity Board Observer

Strategic Advisors

Danny Rimer

Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 as the partner responsible for establishing the firm's London office and expanding the firm's presence in Northern Europe. His investment interests include enterprise infrastructure, applications and services. He currently serves on the boards of KVS, MediaSurface, MySQL, Skype, Video Island and Zend, and is an observer on Betfair. Prior to joining Index, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including CrossGain (now BEA), myCFO (now Bank of Montreal), Neoteris (now NetScreen/Juniper), Ofoto (now Kodak) and TellMe. Prior to joining The Barksdale Group, Danny was managing director in Hambrecht & Quist's (now JP Morgan) Equity Research Group. At H&Q, Danny was the underwriting analyst for companies including Amazon, CheckPoint, CNET, Netscape, and Verisign. He also sponsored direct investments in over 20 companies. He holds a bachelor's from Harvard College.