Leadership

Aaron Contorer CEO

Aaron is a philanthropist and president of the Contorer Foundation. He is a former executive of Microsoft Corporation, where he helped to build Windows, MSN, Visual Studio, and the company's Productivity Tools Team, and founded the Microsoft Big Gift Club for new philanthropists. He also served as general manager of Visual C++, used daily by three million professional software developers worldwide. He architected MSN's move to Internet-based server software, and later served as full-time technology advisor to the CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates.

More recently he helped to build Everyone Counts, Inc., which delivers secure, reliable election services by Internet and telephone, and served as advisor to the CEO of Benchmark Revenue Management, which streamlines and improves hospital revenue cycles through proprietary software systems.

He is an inventor of several patented innovations in computer networking and security, with additional patents currently pending. One of the creators of the "shareware" software business model in the 1980s, he has been an in-house executive of four early-stage software companies, typically as CTO and Director. Long ago, he was one of the first programmers hired by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Aaron is cofounder and a director of Equinox Center, a nonpartisan policy center, and a director of Move San Diego, a transportation advocacy coalition. He was named Environmental Leader of the Year by San Diego's Channel 10 News. In Seattle, Aaron helped to build the Kirkland Teen Union Building and served for eight years on the board of Sightline Institute.

Michael Snoyman Director of Engineering

Michael is a self taught programmer from a young age. He studied and practiced actuarial science in the US auto and home insurance industry, producing cutting edge tools for analysis of large data sets. Michael was never content to stick with the status quo, and continually sought to improve the toolset available to himself and fellow developers. In this process, he eventually found Haskell, and fell in love.

Since then, Michael has turned Haskell from a passion to a full time profession. He founded the Yesod Web Framework, bringing many of the strengths of the Haskell programming language to the world of web development. Yesod has a large and active community, and continues to grow. With his focus on user-friendly documentation, Michael authored the O'Reilly book <a Developing Web Applications with Haskell and Yesod. He has written and maintains a large collection of Haskell libraries, ranging from web servers to XML processing.

Since 2007, Michael has used Haskell to solve a variety of problems for companies in different industries, including Cisco, Dell, Emerson, and HTC. He regularly speaks on various programming topics, and contributes to such publications as Architecture of Open Source Applications and the IEEE Spectrum. In his previous position, Michael revolutionized XML/DITA content processing by introducing the value of type safe development, bringing with it greater stability and increased performance. Michael looks forward to helping others do the same in their own industries.

Michael lives in northern Israel with his wife and kids, and loves watching as technology is absorbed by the next generation.

Steve Bogdan Lead Systems Engineer

Steve Bogdan graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Mathematics and joined the US Navy to become a Naval Flight officer and crew member in the E-2C Hawkeye as a tactical command and control mission commander. After leaving the Navy he entered graduate school to study software engineering and landed a job in the IT organization of a fortune 100 company. Over the next 19 years, Steve rose to lead the company's data integration team gaining extensive experience architecting and operating business-critical enterprise systems. He gained his first DevOps experience when he implemented a private cloud solution to improve system availability and provide self-service deployment capability to development teams and slashed CAPEX and OPEX by over 50%. Steve joined FP Complete in 2016 as the DevOps lead and is dedicated to helping companies transition to DevOps and maximize the resulting benefits.

Simon Peyton Jones Strategic Advisor

Simon Peyton Jones, MA, FACM, FBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. Simon's main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.

More generally, Simon is interested in language design, rich type systems, compiler technology, code generation, runtime systems, virtual machines, and garbage collection. He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation -- that is one reason he loves functional programming so much.

Simon is also chair of Computing at School, the grass-roots organisation that was at the epicentre of the 2014 reform of the English computing curriculum.

Simon's home page is at http://research.microsoft.com/~simonpj.


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