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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.

Steve McGuire

Steve McGuire

Vice President of Research and Development

Steve McGuire, born in 1961, started at Software AG in 1986 as a developer and has 30+ years in the experience in R&D with ISV’s. He started off at Software AG developing and managing an engineering team focused on provided a highly optimized runtime for Software AG’s then dominant 4gl language, called Natural. He eventually transferred over to the "new" area of computing called Enterprise Messaging. Over the years, in order to stay current in the market, he converted his teams from their heritage assembler language skills to C/C++ and then finally to Java as the growth of Unix and Windows systems and the Client/Server model took hold in the industry and became the dominant force.

In 1997, Software AG created a separate legal entity/spin off/startup called Saga Software, to which Steve transferred as an original employee. Saga Software focused on building what was then an emerging concept of an Integration Broker based on the new language of "Java". As part of this project, his team built one of the first JMS implementations in existence at the time (Sun credited the team with helping improve the JMS specification) and creating what was then, state of the art adapter concepts and products to backend ERP’s and Databases. In 2000, Steve made the jump to the hot local Fairfax Virginia based startup called webMethods and took a 2 year assignment living in Germany and working onsite in the famous "Basis" building at SAP and managing the SAP Business Connecter project for webMethods. It was a joint SAP/webMethods effort that produced the number 2 distributed product in SAP history, second only to R/3 itself (over 20k distributions).

On return to the USA in 2002, Steve took over the webMethods Adapter Messaging and Integration Server (ESB) projects and was promoted to be a vice president and was in that role till 2007 when Software AG purchased webMethods and he came full circle back to Software AG! Since that time, Steve has been managing the "Integration Core" team inside the webMethods Business Division for Software AG, which includes the ESB, Adapters, e-standards, Trading Networks, B2B, MFT, Rules engine, Platformand Security teams, SOA Governance (Mediator), CloudStreams, MDM, and Messaging solutions. Starting with his tenure at Saga Software, Steve has been actively involved with the corporate M&A activities, from helping select the technologies, due diligence, to integration of the newly acquired companies. At Software AG in 2010 he drove, from idea, lead the selection process and finally to the integration of the acquisition of both Terracotta and then shortly later, the London based my-Channels company (Nirvana Universal Messaging).

With this appointment to Terracotta he is now additionally responsible for all of Terracotta’s engineering, including the In-Genius offering that contains Terracotta, my-Channels Nirvana and RTM’s CEP engine that offers world-class scale of BigData in-memory intelligence platform.

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.