With experience in networking, enterprise IT, and financial services technology, CohesiveFT has watched and helped the cloud market grow from concept to reality.
Patrick Kerpan is the CEO and co-founder of CohesiveFT. Mr. Kerpan is responsible for directing product, technology and sales strategy. Mr. Kerpan brings more than 20 years of software experience to the role of CEO and was one of CohesiveFT's founders in 2006. Previously he was the CTO of Borland Software Corp which he joined in 2000 through the acquisition of Bedouin, Inc., a company that he founded. Mr. Kerpan was also the vice president and general manager of the Developer Services Platform group at Borland, where he was instrumental in leading the Borland acquisition of StarBase in 2003. Before founding Bedouin, Inc., Mr. Kerpan was a managing director responsible for derivatives technology at multiple global investment banks.
Dwight Koop is cofounder and COO for CohesiveFT. His experience spans enterprise IT and entrepreneurial startups. Dwight was global head of data center operations and security for Swiss Banks capital markets and O'Connor and Associates. He was one of the founders and an EVP of the Chicago Board Options Exchange during its early and rapid growth years. As COO of Bedouin, Inc, he was instrumental in its acquisition by Borland, and as a VP at Borland he played a significant role in its acquisition of Starbase. He was also COO of Signet Assurance, where he is proud to say his engineering team consisted of Eric Hughes, the noted cryptographer, and Bram Cohen, the founder of BitTorrent. Mr. Koop is also the Managing Member of Leporidae Holdings LLC, a private asset management company. Leporidae recently sold its interest in Rabbit Technologies Limited to VMWare.
Chris Swan is CTO at CohesiveFT, where he focuses on product development and product delivery. Mr. Swan was previously at UBS where he was CTO for Client Experience working on strategy and architecture for web and mobile offerings across all regions and business divisions. At UBS Chris was also co-head of Security CTO focussing on identity management, access control and data security. Chris represented UBS as a Director on the Steering Committee of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA). Before joining UBS, he was CTO at a London based technology investment banking boutique, which operated a cloud only IT platform. Mr. Swan previously held various senior R&D, architecture and engineering positions at Credit Suisse. Before moving to the world of financial services Mr. Swan was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy. He has an MBA from OUBS and a BEng in Electronics Engineering from the University of York.
Director of Products and Marketing, Co-founder
Ryan Koop is the Director of Marketing at CohesiveFT. He is responsible for product development and manages teams for public relations, international events, and content marketing. His role spans the technical product development, customer support, business development and thought leadership needs of a growing company. Previously, he worked at a trading platform software company in the US Derivative Markets.
Global Director of Sales
Chris Purrington is Global Sales Director at CohesiveFT and Managing Director of CohesiveFT UK. Mr. Purrington is responsible for worldwide sales, with over 20 years in the software industry. Chris has extensive experience in leading ISVs to success in EMEA, including 9+ years at Application Lifecycle Management company Borland where he was UK MD and VP UK, Ireland and Africa.
Director of Engineering
Nicholas Clements is the Director of Engineering at CohesiveFT. He is responsible for development of the VNS3 line of network virtualization software products. He oversees high-level systems analysis through low-level implementation for all development work. Before CohesiveFT Nicholas was a founder of Option-C Ltd., a consulting and software development firm, and Managing and Technical Consultant at InterSoft Corp.
In addition to his role as the original angel investor and chairperson of CohesiveFT, Craig is currently a board member for Deutsche-Bourse, and independent advisor to Silicon Valley start-up ventures in the area of technology planning, financial matters, and growth strategies. Before becoming a venture capital advisor, he worked at SBC Warburg where he served as a Member of the Executive Board, as The Head of Strategic Planning, and as The Chief Information Officer. Craig was a General Partner of O’Connor and Associates, a partnership engaged in proprietary options trading.
The Seybold Group
Patricia B. Seybold is the founder and CEO of the Patricia Seybold Group, a worldwide strategic business and technology consulting/research firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. With 30 years of experience consulting to customer-centric executives in technology-aggressive businesses across many industries, Patricia Seybold is a visionary thought leader with the unique ability to spot the impact that technology enablement and customer behavior will have on business trends very early. She assesses and predicts how new and evolving technologies will impact customers.
Martìn Casado is the Chief Architect of Networking at VMware and was the Co-Founder and CTO of Nicira Networks. Martìn received his PhD from Stanford University where we remains a Consulting Assistant Professor. He received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for “his work creating the movement of Software Defined Networking (SDN), a new paradigm in the research and practice of computer networking that provides a software alternative to hardware-based network components.”