The Telerik leadership team is thrilled to lead an amazing team of innovators. We all share a collective drive to equip developers with outstanding products, services and support that enable them to develop experiences that deeply resonate with their customers.
Co-founder and CEO
Vassil is responsible for overseeing Telerik strategic direction and enabling its rapid growth as a global provider of enterprise-class software and services. As a co-founder of Telerik, Vassil was instrumental in growing the sales, support and business development units of the company and establishing the fanatical dedication to customer service. Vassil’s vision and dedication has helped Telerik enjoy a solid track record of growing revenues and profitability in the ever changing developer tools marketplace.
Vassil earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the American University in Bulgaria and has served in various roles in companies from real estate, investment and high-tech industries. He is based in the Telerik office in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Svetozar has been instrumental in establishing the Telerik brand and growing the Marketing and Financial organizations within the company. As a seasoned marketing executive, he has invented some of the most successful Telerik marketing campaigns and has realized many innovative ideas in the field of digital marketing. His profound expertise in the areas of product positioning, marketing research and communications has helped Telerik become one of the most recognized brands in the space of developer tools.
Svetozar previously held management positions at Lowe Lintas, as well as several IT companies. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Journalism from the American University in Bulgaria. Svetozar is based in the Telerik office in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Co-founder and Chief Process Officer
In his role as Chief Process Officer, Boyko is responsible for the broader, strategic vision for Telerik end-to-end processes, securing the accomplishment of company objectives. Before holding this position, Boyko was Telerik Chief Operations Officer, where he was in charge of establishing, evaluating and managing Telerik internal organization policies and resources, ensuring that they efficiently support the core processes and functions of the company. Through the years, Boyko has also served as Telerik Chief Information Officer and Head of IT department.
Prior to Telerik, Boyko was a Managing Director of a leading UK software company developing HR solutions. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and History at the American University in Bulgaria. Boyko is based in the Telerik office in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Co-founder and Chief Scientist
Hristo is responsible for the evolution of the technical organization at Telerik and its never-ending quest for innovation and new products that serve unaddressed market needs. As the creator of the first Telerik products, Hristo has always stayed close to product development, and has also been heavily involved in creating the appropriate structure and development processes to help Telerik advance and keep its product leadership.
Hristo has been developing software for more than 16 years and has served as Architect, Project Lead and Senior Developer in many software companies. Hristo holds a Master’s degree in Communication Technologies from the Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria. He is based in the Telerik office in Sofia, Bulgaria.
As General Counsel, Esther oversees all Telerik worldwide legal activities. Her scope of responsibilities includes managing all intellectual property and licensing matters, corporate compliance and governance initiatives, and corporate development, such as managing mergers, acquisitions and other commercial transactions. Esther and her team further provide legal support to Telerik human capital, sales and services divisions. Esther earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law and has been working with fast-paced, disruptive technology companies since 1997. Prior to joining Telerik in 2011, Esther was in private practice at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, Convergent GC and the Edelstein Law Group, where she represented both public and private clients. Esther is based in the Telerik office in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Strategy Officer
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer at Telerik and is the co-founder and executive director of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator. He mentors at several startup accelerators, including Haxlr8r, the world's only hardware startup accelerator. Stephen is also a board member of the Scrum Alliance. Prior to Telerik, he was the co-founder of Triton Works, which was acquired by UBM in 2010 and was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., which was acquired by Wanted Technologies in 2007. Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City (acquired by Google in 2011) and also was co-founder of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group.
Stephen speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development, and is also a Certified Scrum Professional, CSM, and PMP. Stephen holds an MBA from the City University of New York. He is currently based in the Telerik office in Palo Alto, California.
EVP, Global Sales
As the EVP of Global Sales, Derek Langone is responsible for the strategy and execution of the Telerik global sales footprint. His team focuses on the disciplines of achieving profitable revenue growth while delivering best in class customer service.
Prior to Telerik, Langone was CEO of 5nine Software where he guided the effort to deliver a commercial product to market and created the process to capture market share for agentless Hyper-V security. Prior to 5nine, Langone was President and COO of SmartBear Software where he led the company from 2m to 40m in 5 years through 1000% organic growth, as well as four strategic acquisitions. Langone also served as VP sales at IMCEDA software from its initial investment through its acquisition by Quest Software. Previously in his career, Langone held executive positions at Embarcadero and Vality Technology.
Langone holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boston University and is based in the Telerik office in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Product Officer
As Chief Product Officer, Aaron Mahimainathan is responsible for product management, product marketing and GTM strategy for Telerik products.
Aaron brings to Telerik over 16 years of experience in enterprise software having held senior management roles in product marketing, product management, business development and GTM strategy. Prior to Telerik, he was Vice President SAP HANA Platform products. During his tenure there, he held general management positions in product development and product marketing of SAP’s platform products. Prior to that, Aaron led a data integration product line at Siebel Systems (Oracle Corp) and previously led technology consulting projects for Oracle Corp. Aaron holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Engineering from State University of New York, Syracuse. He is based in the Telerik office in Palo Alto, California.
Chief Financial Officer
As the Telerik Global Chief Financial Officer, John has led the company’s financial operations since April, 2013. Over the last two decades, John has run the finance and compliance aspects of several multinational organizations with significant global footprints. Prior to joining Telerik, John held the CFO role at several successful publicly traded technology companies in the Silicon Valley, including Ubiquiti Networks - a communications technology company, Electronics For Imaging - a digital imaging and software solutions company, and Splash Technology - a digital imaging company. In these roles, John managed IPOs, complex debt financing and the integration of acquisitions.
John holds a B.A. in Business Administration from San Jose State University. John is based in the Telerik office in Palo Alto, California.
Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Technical Officer, Faris Sweis leads all of the engineering teams within this division.
Faris joined the company in 2010, when Telerik acquired the software testing provider ArtOfTest, which he had co-founded and where he had served as a CTO. Faris has more than 15 years of experience in software development, serving as a software architect and advising companies, including Microsoft, on software development practices and software quality assurance.
Faris received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is based in the Telerik office in Austin, Texas.
Chief Talent Officer
Dimitre is responsible for all of Telerik operations in North America. He helped establish the North America sales and customers support organization. He plays a vital role in promulgating Telerik corporate culture across all new teams. Dimitre is actively involved in building and optimizing the global customer support force to better meet the rising demands and expectations of customers related to the growing portfolio of Telerik products. His duties span an array of strategic areas such as sales, finance and human capital which are key in continuous and successful Telerik global expansion.
Dimitre brings several years of valuable experience as an entrepreneur. An Economics graduate from the University of National and World Economy, Dimitre also studied Business Administration and Economics at the American University in Bulgaria. Dimitre is based in Telerik office in Boston, Massachusetts.
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