Meet the ActiveState Leadership Team
Stephen Baker, Chief Executive Officer & President
Favorite part of my job: Solutioning with our customers.
I got hooked on tech: Because of the endless possibilities for disrupting industries and transforming our lives.
I love to also: Spend time with my daughters and amazing wife, suffer through grueling workouts, and test my culinary creation skills.
Leaders who inspire me: Abraham Lincoln, FDRE, Angela Merkel, Steve Jobs.
Fictional Alter Ego: Paul Atreides.
Superpower: Seeing around corners.
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the tech industry, working in Generative AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Search, and Speech Recognition. He has held leadership roles ranging from GM to CEO at early stage companies including Fast Search & Transfer, RAMP, and Attivio.
Most recently, Stephen led the worldwide Generative AI and Machine Learning go-to-market organization for AWS. Stephen thrives in fast paced environments and has a passion for building winning teams and differentiated cultures. He holds a BS from Hofstra University and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Scott Robertson, Chief Technology Officer
Favorite part of my job: Making things people love to use & making it possible for others to be creative as well.
I got hooked on tech: When I took an Atari apart when I was 4. Still haven’t been able to put it back together again.
I love to also: Cut dovetails, the old timey woodworking way.
Leaders who inspire me: Steve Jobs
Fictional Alter Ego: Pinky and the Brain
Superpower: The ability to misplace anything and find it again when it’s least needed.
Scott is passionate about creating products that solve real problems. He drives ActiveState’s technology vision and has spent over 20 years knees deep in code. His background includes everything from lead dev to CEO to CTO. He’s authored a book, founded 3 startups and sold one of them. Most recently he normalized Fortune 500 BI data and ETL to scale. He understands the pains faced in pushing software into production and the challenges big business has to stay fast and relevant. He helps companies do both.
Jacqueline Winter, Chief Financial Officer
Favorite part of my job: Developing and implementing new concepts for overcoming obstacles, complexities and achieving scalable growth.
I got hooked on tech: It’s as close to magic as you can get! I love the innovation, fast pace, and of course, the people.
I love to also: Spend time with family and friends, volunteer as a hospice and palliative caregiver, resistance train, and travel
Leaders who inspire me: Queen Victoria, Mary Barra, and Melinda Gates
Fictional Alter Ego: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Superpower: Seeing things others cannot
A senior financial and business operations leader dedicated to making the impossible possible, Jacqueline brings over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries. As a highly creative, conceptual thinker, Jacqueline brings a unique blend of vision, critical thinking and technical expertise to problem solving, increasing profitability and maximizing return on investments.
She has spent the majority of her career working with companies to build financial and operational infrastructure to create strong foundations for sustainable growth.
In all roles, what Jacqueline values most is building teams and mentoring others to support them in realizing their full potential.
Claudia Ring, Vice President of Marketing
Favorite part of my job: Finding the right combination of channels, audiences and messages and experimenting until we hit an optimization ceiling.
I got hooked on tech: Because of the challenge of selling complex products to technical buyers.
I love to also: Read, do yoga, go wine tasting and spend lots of time with my dogs and husband adventuring and watching movies.
Leaders who inspire me: Ingrid Newkirk, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Patrick Rothfuss, my Dad.
Fictional Alter Ego: Dana Scully.
Superpower: Putting it all together.
Claudia loves marketing products that drive the bleeding edge of technology and innovation and ultimately change the world. She has been playing the marketing game on hard mode since the start of her career, marketing deeply technical products to developers and technical executives for over a decade. During any work week, you will find Claudia analyzing metrics dashboards, creating models and tinkering in the backend of ad platforms to help her team drive growth.
AJ Horst, Vice President of Sales
Favorite part of my job: Meeting with customers and helping them to solve big problems.
I got hooked on tech: When my parents bought our first computer: a Macintosh in 1991.
I love to also: Go on weeklong hiking trips with my wife and three children.
Leaders who inspire me: Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein.
Fictional Alter Ego: Wolverine.
AJ brings over 17 years of IT sales and leadership experience to ActiveState. AJ previously led sales efforts to help grow iWave (acquired by EMC), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco), Catchpoint, and eBreak (acquired by Dell).
AJ holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is passionate about finding product-market fit to help organizations solve real business challenges. AJ’s approach is to employ market-leading technology while working closely with the customer to provide insights and understanding to their business objectives, which leads to a successful customer experience and realized mutual value.