North American Management
President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of North America
Member of the Group Executive Board
Kevin Niblock, born in 1966, joined Software AG in July 2015 as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of North America, and as a member of the Software AG Group Executive Board. In his role he is responsible for Software AG’s revenue in North America and to further accelerate the adoption of its Digital Business Platform and drive new growth initiatives.
Kevin has over 25 years of successful sales and leadership experience in the IT industry. Before joining Software AG he worked for TIBCO Software, where he had been for 8 years, taking on and succeeding in successive leadership roles in the organization. Before joining TIBCO, Kevin held senior leadership positions at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). He began his career in Telecom, moved into Mechanical Engineering then onto IT.
Originally from Canada, Kevin has lived and worked in several cities across North America, including Boston and Atlanta.
He holds a BA in Economics and Business.
Chief Technology Officer of Software AG North America
Mighael Botha is a seasoned professional with more than 24 years of experience in Information Technology. In his current role as CTO for North America, he regularly meets and presents to C-Level Executives on topics like Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile development, SOA and Business Process Management. Mr. Botha guides and directs technical resources throughout the Americas to deploy and implement complex business solutions using Software AG products.
Prior to joining Software AG in 2002, Mr. Botha worked at numerous Fortune 500 companies as a software developer and later as a Chief Architect focusing on Enterprise Application integration. He moved to the United States in early 1998 from South Africa where he worked for an IT consulting firm focusing on middleware and mainframe integration.
Mr. Botha holds a degree in Computer Science and is a passionate speaker on topics like Cloud Computing and Big Data.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Mike Fisher is Senior Vice President of Sales at Software AG where he is responsible for leading the sales and strategy efforts for the commercial markets across all of the United States and Canada. He joined Software AG in May 2010. Mr. Fisher has 22 years of proven success growing and building enterprise software sales teams, with a track record of exceeding aggressive growth targets. Before joining Software AG, Mr. Fisher was Software Sales Manager at IBM, where he helped clients implement new technologies to drive strategic advantages in the marketplace. Prior to that, he held various sales leadership positions in enterprise software sales.
Mr. Fisher holds an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University.
SVP and GM, Adabas & Natural Division North America
Joe Gentry originally joined Software AG in July 1989 as a systems engineer within the US sales organization. Over the years, Mr. Gentry has held positions within sales, product management and product marketing but most recently was the Chief Technology Officer of Software AG’s Enterprise Transaction Systems business line. Currently, he is responsible for marketing and business development in Software AG’s North American operation.
Mr. Gentry started his professional career in 1982 as a senior programmer with Signet Bank in Baltimore, MD. Later in 1987, he moved to Alex Brown & Sons, Baltimore, where he held the position of business and systems analyst. From the years 1994 through 2001 he served in a management capacity at several software startups, including Merant, Spaceworks and infoShark, Inc.
Mr. Gentry has more than 25 years of marketing and technology leadership experience in the software industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from Drexel University.
Global Vice President - Field Marketing
Jeffrey Gross joined Software AG in December 2012 as VP of Field Marketing for North America. He is responsible for developing the marketing strategy and leading the North America marketing team to expand brand awareness and thought leadership via Public Relations, digital marketing, social media, and advertising, to driving net new revenue opportunities with innovative marketing campaigns and executive relationship marketing. Previously, Mr. Gross has held executive marketing roles at KPMG, Baan, Ariba, BearingPoint, and recently at Microsoft where he developed and implemented the industry marketing approach reaching net new business audience targeting Microsoft’s Enterprise accounts.
Mr. Gross brings more than 25 years of strategic marketing and solution selling business development experience in Enterprise Software and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Michigan.
Vice President of GCS Americas Region
Ricardo Leiato has been promoted to Vice President of Global Consulting Services Americas Region consisting of North America and Latin America. During his tenure at Software AG Brazil; Mr. Leitao was the Senior Director Global Professional Services and will continue his current duties supporting Brazil and Argentina. Prior to his roles with Software AG, Mr. Leitao was Director of Professional Services for Progress Software Co. from 2000 to 2009 where he was responsible for the Americas operation, including the territories of Canada, the United States and Latin America.
Ricardo holds a degree in Information Technology at FATEC-SP, one of the most prestigious IT educational institutions in Brazil.