The Sonatype journey started over a decade ago, just as the concept of “open source” software development was gaining steam. From our humble beginning as core contributors to Apache Maven, to supporting the world’s largest repository of open source components (Central), to distributing the world's most popular repository manager (Nexus), we’ve played a meaningful role in helping the world embrace the power of open innovation.
Over time, we witnessed the staggering volume and variety of open source libraries that began flowing into every development environment in the world. We understood that when open source components are properly managed, they provide a tremendous energy for accelerating innovation. Conversely, when unmanaged, open source "gone wild" can lead directly to security vulnerabilities, licensing risks, enormous rework, and waste.
Our vision today is simple. We are laser focused on helping organizations continuously harness all of the good that open source has to offer, without any of the risk.In order to do this, we have invested in knowing more about the quality of open source than anyone else in the world. This investment takes the form of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and human expertise, which in aggregate produces highly curated intelligence that is infused into every Nexus product. Organizations equipped with Nexus products make better decisions, innovate faster at scale, and rest comfortably knowing that their applications always consist of the highest quality open source components.
E. Wayne Jackson III
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne is the CEO of Sonatype, a role he has held since 2010. Prior to Sonatype, Wayne served as the CEO of open source network security pioneer Sourcefire, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIRE), which he guided from fledgling start-up through an IPO in March of 2007, later acquired by Cisco for $2.7 billion. Before Sourcefire, Wayne co-founded Riverbed Technologies, a wireless infrastructure company, and served as its CEO until the sale of the company for more than $1 billion in March of 2000. Wayne holds a B.B.S in Finance from James Madison University, 1985, and has completed the Executive Education program for Corporate Governance at Harvard University.
EVP & Chief Marketing Officer
A proven executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience developing high-growth software companies, Mr. Howard serves as Sonatype’s CMO and leads the company’s efforts to identify and execute partnerships within the DevSecOps ecosystem. Prior to Sonatype, Mr. Howard co-founded, developed and successfully sold two software companies. Earlier in his career Mr. Howard led sales and marketing at USinternetworking (acquired by AT&T) and Groove Networks (acquired by Microsoft) where his teams distributed workgroup collaboration products to enterprise customers. Mr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts from George Mason University.
SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Co-founder and CTO, Brian Fox is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and former Chair of the Apache Maven project. As a direct contributor to the Maven ecosystem, including the maven-dependency-plugin and maven-enforcer-plugin, he has over 20 years of experience driving the vision behind, as well as developing and leading the development of software for organizations ranging from startups to large enterprises. Brian is a frequent speaker at national and regional events including Java User Groups and other development related conferences.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jon is an accomplished enterprise technology executive with more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, services, business development and partner management for prominent disruptive technology organizations. He serves as Sonatype's chief revenue officer, global head of sales and oversees the strategy, performance and alignment of revenue operations across Sonatype. Jon has a proven track record of leading and motivating high-performing sales teams, most recently spending over a decade at NetApp, serving in a variety of critical field leadership roles across global, enterprise and commercial segments, where he implemented strategies that helped double the company’s revenue. Jon holds a B.S. in business, finance and economics from
Indiana University Bloomington, an MBA from the University of Dayton and spent time studying at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Human Resources
As VP of Human Resources Kristin Davidson is responsible for developing and leading all human resources programs, policies and processes. She was Sonatype's first executive-level hire dedicated to formalizing programs around its people-focused culture and brings an exceptional track-record of leading human resources teams for mid-size and large IT firms. Prior to Sonatype, Kristin spent 14 years at InfoReliance Corporation where she helped the company grow to a staff of over 400, while increasing diversity, streamlining onboarding and bridging the gap between management and employees.
Mike brings nearly 20 years experience building and leading global product development organizations ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Most recently Mike was Vice President of Development for Hanley Wood where he led development across five product lines, including the creation of advanced business analytics platforms for the residential construction industry. Prior to this, Mike was Vice President of R&D for Bantu where he led product development efforts that drove one of the worlds largest private instant messaging networks with the U.S. Department of Defense. Earlier in his career, Mike was part of the early interactive television efforts at Bell Atlantic which, as a byproduct, helped commercialize DSL as one of the initial high-speed on ramps to the internet and later produced Verizon FiOS.
SVP & Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of Sonatype, Dave is chartered with managing corporate financial activities. Dave brings over 30 years of accounting, financial and strategic planning experience, including over ten years as Sonatype’s CFO where his efforts helped lead the company from an early start up to a significant growth acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in late 2019. Prior to joining Sonatype, Dave was CFO of USinternetworking, a leading application service provider, where he led the company’s financial efforts as it evolved from a fledgling business to a $120 million entity acquired by AT&T. Prior to joining USinternetwork, he spent 10 years in the Baltimore office of Ernst & Young. Dave holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Finance from James Madison University.
As General Counsel, Paul brings over 20 years of legal experience to Sonatype. Prior to Sonatype, Paul was the General Counsel for Spring Mobile Solutions, Inc. where he served as an officer of the multi-national company and managed all of its legal issues. Before joining Spring Mobile, Paul co-founded Mosaic Legal Group, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in Washington D.C. that focuses on corporate, transactional and intellectual property-related issues. Prior to Mosaic, Paul spent 7 years serving as Associate General Counsel and SVP of Legal Services for webMethods, Inc., a publicly traded software company that was acquired by Software AG in 2007. Paul began his legal career as an associate with international law firms Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Paul holds a B.A. in History from Loyola College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
General Manager International
As Vice President of International Sales, Wai Man is responsible for driving the company's international sales strategy and expansion into new markets. With 20 years of international sales and sales leadership experience, Wai Man has been building high-performance teams and strategies that grow revenue at early stage companies and large complex organizations. Wai Man was most recently Sales director for HP Storage where he was responsible for driving sales of HP's entire storage portfolio across the EMEA region. Prior to HP, Wai Man was Regional Sales Director at 3PAR where he focused on the rapid growth of customers, channel partners, and strategic service providers. In addition, Wai Man spent 8 years at EMC, most recently in global sales leadership.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, David Rudolph is responsible for Sonatype’s customer success organization, which includes Customer Success Engineering, Experience, Account Management, Education, and Services. Previously, David led account management in Oracle’s Marketing Cloud (fka. Eloqua). At Eloqua, he was responsible for sales and customer success with Eloqua’s most strategic customers, culminating in one of the most successful IPOs of 2012, followed by a nearly $1B acquisition by Oracle in 2013. Prior to Eloqua, David held positions with organizations including, Global 360 (now OpenText), FileNet (now IBM), and enterprise software start-ups. David began his career in Management Consulting at Arthur D. Little. He holds a B.A. in Biology from The George Washington University.
As the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Michelle brings solutions to market that unite development, security, and operations teams to accelerate software innovation while minimizing open source risk. She oversees all aspects of Marketing including, product marketing, demand gen, branding, communications, and operations, globally. Michelle has over 25 years of experience helping organizations leverage software technologies and services to better compete and serve their mission. Michelle started her career as a management consultant at Ernst and Young and Accenture and has worked in enterprise software ever since, including leadership positions at OpenText, Informatica, Appian, Ellucian, and others. Michelle holds a B.S. in Management Science and Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University.
SVP Strategic Operations
As SVP of Strategic Operations, Craig is responsible for the management of strategic initiatives pertinent to the Company’s success. Craig collaborates with all departments to understand the impact of their highest priority initiatives and ensures alignment on delivery and continuous execution. Prior to this role he was Sonatype’s VP of Finance where he oversaw the Accounting, Finance and Sales Operations departments. Prior to joining Sonatype, Craig spent the majority of his career in the Baltimore office of PwC. Craig holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park