Executive Team

Bart CopelandBart Copeland: President & CEO

As ActiveState Software’s President and CEO since 2006, Bart Copeland brings more than twenty-three years of leadership, management, finance, and technology business experience to his role. With a passion for technologies that help people lead more productive and enjoyable lives, Bart is currently focused on Stackato, ActiveState’s private platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. Bart views PaaS as an enabler to accelerate cloud adoption and deliver value in enterprises, and is actively involved in Stackato strategy, business development, and evangelism. Bart is also an active angel investor and serves as a director for a number of other tech companies. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.

Jeff HobbsJeff Hobbs: CTO & VP, Engineering

Jeff oversees development of all ActiveState products—from language distributions to development tools and our cloud solutions, including the strategy of integrating our products for an end-to-end desktop to cloud experience.

Though he’s responsible for leading and fostering our talented development team, Jeff is a coder at heart! He is passionate about technologies that just work, making the lives of developers easier. His current obsession is making Stackato the best private PaaS platform for developers: using any language, any infrastructure, and leveraging open source - so that applications just deploy and scale in any cloud. Jeff is a contributing author for Perl and Python extensions, and has been a member of the Tcl Core Team for more than a decade. Jeff is co-author of “Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk”, and has been a speaker at Cloud Expo, OSCON, the Tcl Annual Conference, and others. Jeff works closely with ActiveState customers including Cisco, Boeing, Synopsys, NASA and Intel to deliver the best dynamic languages solutions for their development projects.

Before joining ActiveState, Jeff was the Tcl Ambassador at Scriptics and a software engineer at Siemens. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

Bernard GoldenBernard Golden: VP, Strategy

Named in Wired.com as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing, Bernard has extensive experience working with organizations to help them adopt and integrate cloud computing effectively. He helps ActiveState customers apply best practices and meet their goals as they leverage the cloud with Stackato®. Prior to joining ActiveState, he was Senior Director, Cloud Computing Enterprise Solutions, for Dell Enstratius. Before joining Dell Enstratius, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a cloud computing consultancy serving enterprises and service providers across the globe.

Bernard acts as an advisor for organizations that leverage his cloud computing expertise to accelerate their success, such as Nirmata, and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW). He is the author or co-author of four books on virtualization, including Virtualization for Dummies, the most popular book on the topic ever published, and Amazon Web Services for Dummies. Bernard is also the cloud computing advisor for CIO Magazine, where his highly respected blog is read by tens of thousands of people each month. He is a highly regarded speaker and presents at conferences throughout the world.

Brent SmithurstBrent Smithurst: VP, Product Management & Marketing

Brent is an experienced product management and marketing executive with a background in IT management. He enjoys using this experience to help make life easier for IT staff everywhere through better software tools.

Prior to joining ActiveState, Brent was Vice President of Technical Operations (Product Management, IT, Technical Support, Marketing, and others at various times) at Faronics for seven years. In the eight years prior to Faronics, Brent held leadership positions in operations, marketing, and IT at several organizations including a startup that made software for the motion picture and television industry, a food services chain (restaurants and manufacturing facility), and an Apple Computer retail chain and catalog/online reseller.

Wyatt MullinWyatt Mullin: VP, Strategic Alliances

Wyatt has been in the Software and Technology space for over 15 years with a strong track record in sales, channel development and strategic planning. He helped to build and lead an industry renowned global OEM partner channel with over 800 partners at SAP/Business Objects. He has also worked with a number of companies to develop new channel strategies and partner programs. He has served on many leadership teams and partner councils.

Wyatt thrives on new technologies that can help people unlock their true potential and is very passionate about the future of cloud services. As VP Strategic Alliances at ActiveState, Wyatt is focused on building upon the success of the Stackato cloud platform. Wyatt holds a BSc and MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Angie HirataAngie Hirata: VP, Sales

Angie Hirata brings more than twelve years of experience in marketing, PR, sales and business development to her position as head of sales at ActiveState. Prior to joining ActiveState, Angie's successful career included start-ups and large organizations including Maximizer Software, JustSystems, Eyeball Networks, Seagate Software and SEI Industries. Angie holds a B.Comm. in Marketing and MIS from the University of British Columbia.

Maria ChuMaria Chu: VP, Finance, HR & Admin

Maria has over 13 years of experience in senior financial management roles surrounding all financial reporting aspects, analysis, planning, systems implementation, internal controls, cash management and operational mandates in diverse companies from IT, general aviation, real estate property development and manufacturing in both unionized and privately held companies.

Prior to joining ActiveState, Maria was the Controller for: PowerWallz, AWT Tech, who developed the latest aircraft parts and wing technology for the de Havilland Beavers, WWP, a unionized Saskatchewan based Agricultural plant and the Delta Land/Coal Harbour Properties, a well-known multi-million dollar property developer, who recently sold The Georgia Hotel and developed the award winning "Calisto and Carina" at Coal Harbour. Maria holds her B.Sc. in Accounting and CMA designation.

Technical Leadership

Jeff Hobbs: VP, Engineering

Jeff oversees development of all ActiveState products—from language distributions to development tools and our cloud solutions, including the strategy of integrating our products for an end-to-end desktop to cloud experience.

Though he’s responsible for leading and fostering our talented development team, Jeff is a coder at heart! He is passionate about technologies that just work, making the lives of developers easier. His current obsession is making Stackato the best private PaaS platform for developers: using any language, any infrastructure, and leveraging open source - so that applications just deploy and scale in any cloud. Jeff is a contributing author for Perl and Python extensions, and has been a member of the Tcl Core Team for more than a decade. Jeff is co-author of “Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk”, and has been a speaker at Cloud Expo, OSCON, the Tcl Annual Conference, and others. Jeff works closely with ActiveState customers including Cisco, Boeing, Synopsys, NASA and Intel to deliver the best dynamic languages solutions for their development projects.

Before joining ActiveState, Jeff was the Tcl Ambassador at Scriptics and a software engineer at Siemens. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.


John Wetherill: Technology Evangelist

Originally from Canada, John has spent much of his career designing and building software at a handful of startups, at Sun Microsystems, NeXT Inc., and more recently in the smart grid and energy space. His biggest passion is for developer tools, or more generally any tool, language, process, or system that improves developer productivity and quality of life. Without question, Stackato is one such tool and the reason why he is here. No stranger to technology evangelism, John spent several years in the late 1990's on Sun's Technology Evangelism Team spreading the Java Gospel across the globe and focusing on the prolific number of Java technologies. Now John is now returning to his roots, as a technology evangelist working for a Canadian company, albeit remotely from Santa Cruz.


Phil Whelan: Technology Evangelist

Phil Whelan has been a software developer at ActiveState since early 2012 and has been involved in many layers of the Stackato product, from the JavaScript-based web console right through to the Cloud Controller API. Phil has been the lead developer on kato, the command-line tool for administering Stackato. Phil's current role is Developer Evangelist for Stackato. Prior to coming to ActiveState, Phil worked in London for BBC, helping build the iPlayer, and Cloudera in San Francisco, support Hadoop and HBase. He also spent time in Japan, where he worked for Livedoor.com and met his wife. Phil enjoys working with big data and has built several large-scale data processing applications including real-time search engines, log indexing and a global IP reputation network.


Mark Cox: Stackato Technical Lead

Mark is the technical lead for Stackato and manages Stackato product development. He has been passionate about creating software since the early days of home computing, starting out writing games in assembly language. Staying hands-on has allowed Mark to spend time coding in a variety of languages and environments including C++, Java, C#/.Net, Javascript, Ruby and node.js. Mark has a strong business and enterprise focus, and has worked with Lehman Brothers, SBC Warburg, and Telecom NZ. In 2000 Mark co-founded Fifth Web, creating new technology for e-commerce with a particular focus on finance, writing the first version of Fifth Web's server technology as well as designing software and business processes for the settlement of managed fund trades in Australia. In 2010 Mark joined Jade Software to form a new team and create the JOOB Mobile product - server software to connect back-end enterprise systems through to mobile devices. In 2012 Mark founded Appsecute with Tyler Power, producing application management and social collaboration tools for PaaS. Appsecute was acquired by ActiveState in 2013. Mark has an Honors degree in computer science from the University of Canterbury.


Ingy döt Net: Senior Developer

Ingy works with developers to help them get their applications to the cloud. He is a software artist and inventor, whose mission in life is to see computers solving the real world problems that we humans face today. To that end, Ingy continually looks for new ideas to make software development simpler, while searching for more ways to socialize those ideas.

With over twenty years of experience, he has been a vocal leader in open source software for the last ten. He is a regular speaker at OSCON, OSDC, and YAPC; the inventor of YAML - the human friendly data format for all languages; and module author for Perl (CPAN), Python (PyPI), Perl 6 and Bash. Before re-joining ActiveState, Ingy was the first programmer at SocialText and was CTO of FatPort. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University.


Jan Dubois: Senior Perl Developer

Jan is a senior Perl developer and the technical lead for all ActiveState Perl products.

He is an active member of the core Perl development team where his primary focus is the Windows platform. He also leads the libwin32 Perl project, a collection of Windows Perl modules. Jan is the primary author of the Win32 and Win32::OLE Perl extensions and also maintains various other Perl modules. Over the years, he has contributed to "The Perl Journal" and "PerlMonth" and has spoken on Perl at industry conferences, including OSCON.

Before joining the ActiveState team, Jan created innovative solutions for customers in the German banking and insurance industry. He has a Masters Degree in Physics (Diplom-Physiker) from the University of Hamburg.


Andreas Kupries: Senior Tcl Developer

Andreas is a senior Tcl developer at ActiveState where he continually enhances the ActiveTcl distribution and works on the Tcl Dev Kit component of ASPN Tcl. He's a member of the Tcl Core Team and is the Tcllib release manager. Andreas is also the primary author of more than 25 Tcl modules and extensions, including Trf and Memchan.

As a Tcl expert, Andreas has presented on the topic at international conferences and has published conference papers on niche Tcl topics including "Reflected and Transformed Channels", "Tools for a new generation of Tcl package documentation" and "Experiences with Modularizing the Tcl Core for Better Portability". Andreas works closely with ActiveState customers including Boeing and Cisco to ensure Tcl adds value to their software development projects.

Prior to ActiveState, Andreas developed software for Ingenieurbuero Kisters and Ascom Deutschland GmbH in Germany. He has a Master in Computer Science (Diplom-Informatiker) from the RWTH Aachen.


Todd Whiteman: Komodo Development Lead

Todd Whiteman is the Development Lead for Komodo IDE. He works adeptly with Mozilla, Python and JavaScript to ensure that Komodo IDE is the IDE of choice for development teams. Todd has been working on Komodo IDE for nearly 5 years, adding components such as the Vi Key Bindings, Distributed Source Code Control, 64-bit Linux builds as well as Remote SSH support into Komodo IDE.

Before joining ActiveState he worked as a software engineer for MDSI in Canada and Schlumberger in Australia.