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Dr. John Bates

Dr. John Bates

CTO for Intelligent Business Operations & Big Data, Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. John Bates, born in 1970, was appointed CTO for Intelligent Business Operations and Big Data, and a member of the Software AG Group Executive Board, in October 2013.

Dr. Bates has many years of management experience in the IT industry. Before joining Software AG, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Progress Software. John was responsible for creating, evolving and evangelizing their market strategy and technology vision. Previously, John was General Manager of Progress Software's Apama Division - the market-leading provider of Complex Event Processing (CEP) solutions, acquired by Software AG in July 2013. In this role, he had full P&L responsibility, including sales, marketing and products.

Prior to joining Progress, John was the Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Apama. He was also co-inventor of the patented technology.

John is a respected innovator and industry expert. In 2011 "Wall Street and Technology" magazine named John one of the "10 innovators of the decade". In 2011, 2012 & 2013 "Institutional Investor" named John in its "Tech 50" of disruptive technologists.

John Bates graduated with Honors (1st Class) from Lancaster University (England) in Computer Science and was awarded a Doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge (England) in 1994. Until 2000, John was a tenured academic at Cambridge University where he led research into distributed computing systems.


Manish Devgan

Manish Devgan

Director, Product Management

Manish Devgan heads Terracotta Product Management and Marketing. He has more than a decade of experience leading Product Management and R&D at companies building enterprise class technology products and solutions.

Prior to Terracotta, Manish led Product Management and Strategy for WebCenter products for Oracle as well as R&D for Weblogic Portal at BEA Systems, Inc.

Manish has authored books, is a featured speaker at industry conferences, and holds 10 patents in the areas of Enterprise Applications, Identity Management, Portals, and Personalization technologies.

Manish holds a Masters in Computer Science from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


Leighton Smith

Leighton Smith

Vice President & Commercial Director, CGMA

Leighton is the Commercial Director for Software AG's Intelligent Business Operations product line and is responsible for it's global business and finance operations.

Prior to this role, Leighton served as Vice President, Finance Controlling and Administration EMEA at Software AG's headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. In that role he helped develop many of the company's global policies and procedures, assisted with the integration of a number of companies acquired by Software AG and has been an integral part of shifting the company's financial performance focus from margin to growth.

Leighton brings a diverse finance and controlling expertise as well as an extensive background spanning nearly two decades and four continents in the manufacturing, banking; IT & telecommunications and software industries.

Leighton graduated from the Fachhochschule (Technical University) of Reutlingen, Germany and the University of Wolverhampton, England with honors in European Business Studies. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 2009 and holds the Chartered Global Management Accounting designation.


Gagan Mehra

Gagan Mehra

Chief Evangelist

Gagan is Terracotta's Chief Evangelist. He has over 15 years of experience creating and implementing digital strategies for leading technology companies on six continents. His areas of expertise include business and IT transformation, enterprise architecture, e-commerce, and high traffic (1 billion users) web businesses.

Prior to joining Terracotta, Gagan was a leader within Deloitte Consulting's Digital practice where he led web-related projects for clients like Adobe, Agilent, Expedia, HP, McAfee, Seagate and Walmart, among others.

Gagan also worked for software services providers Zensar and Network Programs in India for five years before moving to the US with IT consultancy Techspan.

Gagan is a published author and speaker and who shares his knowledge at conferences and via blogs. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the renowned Delhi College of Engineering.