The management team at Keynote represents years of management experience with proven track records in leading large technology companies, as well as developing high-tech startups into successful, publicly owned companies. Click on any of the names below to see individual biographies.
has served since 1997 as chairman and chief executive officer of Keynote Systems (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in test and measurement solutions that improve mobile communications and online business performance. A well-known technology visionary and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Umang began his career in 1973 with IBM. Umang joined Oracle Corporation in 1981 where he wrote the first business plan for the company, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984. He left Oracle to become Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Gupta Corporation, which he took public in 1993 (NASDAQ: GPTA). Gupta Corporation was responsible for ushering in the era of enterprise client/server computing by introducing many seminal innovations, including the world’s first client/server relational database system for PC networks in 1988. Umang has also been an active investor and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies including serving on the Board of Trustees of Mosaix, a publicly held call-center systems company from 1997 to 1999 until its sale to Lucent Technologies.
Umang received his Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur in 1971 and his M.B.A. from Kent State University in Ohio, USA in 1972. In 1996, Umang received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his outstanding contributions to Information Technology and entrepreneurial achievements. In addition to his professional activities, Umang has previously served on the board of the Peninsula Community Foundation; a San Mateo based public charity that builds investment and involvement in community. He is also an avid history buff and served on the Board of the San Mateo Historical Association. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of PanIIT Global, an umbrella organization for over 200,000 IIT alumni across the world. In 2000, Umang was the honored recipient of the Asian Pacific Foundation Award for Civic Leadership and Philanthropy.
Curtis Smith serves as chief financial officer. Mr. Smith joined Keynote in July 2010 as chief financial officer. From 2006 until joining Keynote, Mr. Smith was at GCA Savvian Advisors, where he served most recently as Managing Director and head of its global software and software-enabled services banking practice, managing mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions for clients on three continents. Prior to that, Mr. Smith had an additional nine years of investment banking experience supporting software and technology companies, including as Vice President in Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group. Mr. Smith received an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.
Don Aoki serves as senior vice president of professional services. Mr. Aoki has over 20 years of technology management and commercial software development experience. Before Keynote, he was a General Manager at Aspect Communications. His prior responsibilities included roles as Director of Development at TIBCO and Senior Director of Development at Oracle Corporation. Mr. Aoki began his career at Bell Labs, holds a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Christopher Callahan serves the company as vice president of DeviceAnywhere sales. From 2006 until DeviceAnywhere's acquisition by Keynote in October 2011, he served as senior vice president of worldwide Sales. Prior to that, Mr. Callahan's background includes building and leading sales organizations selling enterprise software. He has held senior sales leadership positions with a number of software technology companies including Cyclelogic, Portal Software, Clear Sky Mobile, Tornado Development and Premier Technologies.
Vik Chaudhary serves as vice president of product management and corporate development. He is responsible for leading Keynote's product management team and has extended the company into new markets via 15 acquisitions. He has spent over 20 years in chief executive, marketing and engineering positions in Silicon Valley, previously having served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Keynote, CEO of a cloud startup Bizmetric, and has held leadership roles at public software companies Gupta Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on Internet software, cloud computing, and business development, and has been featured in the New York Times and on the ABC News Nightline program. Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Giannitsis serves as vice president of sales for the America's. Mr. Giannitsis has over 20 years of sales leadership experience contributing directly to the success of high-growth startups and established industry leaders. Prior to Keynote, Mr. Giannitsis's sales leadership role at Canadian-based MKS helped position it for acquisition by PTC. Previously, he held sales leadership roles at Courion, a leader in identity and access management, Rational Software, before its acquisition by IBM, and at Computer Associates driving global accounts. He began his career at Unisys (Sperry/Boroughs). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport.
Nick Halsey serves as chief marketing officer. Mr. Halsey has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, and has played a leading role in the emergence of both the business intelligence and commercial open source markets. Most recently Mr. Halsey was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company's overall go-to-market strategy. Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and board member of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where for over six years he helped lead the company to $200 million in sales and a successful IPO. Mr. Halsey also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM.
Adil Kaya serves as managing director of Keynote SIGOS. Mr. Kaya is an established manager with more than two decades of broad experience in the telecommunications industry. With his in-depth knowledge of telecommunications technologies and protocols he has made significant contributions to several projects with network operators and also as member of several ETSI project teams. As Managing Director he is responsible for all commercial aspects, including marketing, sales and professional services. Mr. Kaya holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.
Jeff Kraatz serves as senior vice president of international sales & worldwide sales support. Mr. Kraatz has over 25 years of management experience in technology, communications, and Internet business. A seasoned sales executive, he has pioneered and scaled highly successful operations for a number of U.S. based technology firms. Prior to joining Keynote, Mr. Kraatz was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Caspian Networks. Kraatz also founded and built an international sales and marketing consulting firm bridging Asian and U.S. businesses; and was CEO of two divergent B2B e-commerce firms. Previously, he held a number of senior management positions with voice messaging leader, Octel Communications prior to its acquisition by Lucent Technologies. Earlier in his career, Kraatz spent ten years building SPRINT from a start up to a significant market provider of network-based services and communications solutions. He holds a B.A. in Economics from University of California at Los Angeles.
Krishna Khadloya serves as vice president of engineering. Mr. Khadloya is a seasoned technology and management professional with extensive experience in Software and Systems Architecture, e-business performance management, and delivering software and technology as a service methodology. Prior to Keynote, Mr. Khadloya served as Director of R&D at Mentor Graphics Corp., an Electronic Design Automation technology leader. There he was responsible for software development and engineering management for the Board/Systems division and instrumental in creating a strategic partnership with HP for RF/Wireless Design solutions. Before that he worked for Silvar Lisco and Tektronix in the U.S., Burroughs/Unisys in Holland, and Tata Consultancy Services in India building technical and commercial enterprise software systems. Mr. Khadloya holds a M.S. degree in Computer Science from SUNY, Albany and a B.S. (Honors) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.
David Peterson serves as chief accounting officer. Mr. Peterson joined Keynote in July 2009 as Corporate Controller and served in that position until May 2010. From 1995 until joining Keynote, Mr. Peterson was Corporate Controller for several technology and financial services companies including, BenefitStreet Inc., QuickLogic Corporation, Spectrian Corporation and Phillips Semiconductor. Prior to that, Mr. Peterson was Director of Accounting at Fujitsu Microelectronics, Audit Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse; and Senior Auditor at Ernst & Whinney. Mr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and was a Certified Public Accountant in Oklahoma.
Shawn White serves as vice president of operations. Mr. White oversees the management of Keynote's global test and measurement infrastructure of over 3,000 measurement computers and mobile devices, in more than 240 locations. He is also responsible for the Keynote customer support organization and internal IT functions. As one of Keynote's founding employees, Mr. White helped architect and build the world's first globally distributed Web Performance monitoring network. An industry expert, Mr. White is regularly featured in business and technology media outlets for his analysis on how major events and public policy impact the Internet and mobile cloud.