Our Team

Our goal is simple: to help people and businesses upskill with engineering-led research

We define success as the transfer of our knowledge and of our practical experience in the tech industry to practitioners.

Our Leadership Team

Ben Book

CEO & Co-Founder

Ben is the CEO and co-founder of GigaOm, the market leader in engineering-led research. As CEO, Ben focuses on strategy, future directions, and products. Ben is a Bay Area native, based in Santa Barbara.

Howard Holton

Howard Holton

CTO

Howard Holton has worked in IT for three decades, the last half in executive leadership, as a CIO and CTO. He has been an engineer, an architect, and a leader in telecom, health care, automotive, retail, legal, and technology.

Elizabeth Kittner

VP of Finance & HR

Elizabeth is a transformative finance and HR executive who prioritizes ethics, communication, and people. She is a strategic goal setter and implements solutions for financial health, process improvements, and talent management. Elizabeth enjoys playing sports, swing dancing, and mentoring.

Enrico Signoretti

Head of Product Management

Enrico Signoretti has more than 25 years in technical product strategy and management roles. He has advised mid-market and large enterprises across numerous industries and worked with a range of software companies.

Chris Grundemann

Chris Grundemann

VP of Research Operations

Chris Grundemann is a passionate, creative technologist and a strong believer in technology’s power to aid in the betterment of humankind. He is currently expressing that passion by helping technology.

Adrian Escarcega

VP of Sales

Adrian is a research-focused sales leader who consults with clients and helps them work with forward-leaning, engineering-driven analysts.

Will Mapp

Will Mapp

VP of Marketing

Will is an international digital marketing executive with over 10 years of driving go-to-market strategy for brands in the cloud & data center industry. He has an acute eye for business innovation and creative strategy. 

Jon Collins

Jon Collins

VP, Research

Jon Collins has nearly 35 years of experience in IT. He has worked as an industry analyst for a number of years and has advised some of the world’s largest technology companies on product and go-to-market strategies.

Michael Desmond

Michael Desmond

VP of Content & Creative Services

Veteran IT editor, author, and former EIC of MSDN Magazine. Enjoys craft beer, skiing, and everything else about living in Vermont. Mike thinks dogs are great conversationalists and that summer is way overrated.

Michael Delzer

Michael Delzer

Lead Analyst - (Cloud, DevOps, Applications)

Michael Delzer is a global leader in technology. He spent 15 years as American Airlines’ Chief Infrastructure Architecture Engineer and delivers competitive advantages to companies.

William McKnight

William McKnight

Lead Analyst - (Data, AI, Analytics)

William McKnight is a former Fortune 50 technology executive and database engineer. An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He helps enterprises with technology architectures and strategies.

Andrew Brust

Andrew Brust

Lead Analyst - (Data, AI, Analytics)

Andrew has tracked the Big Data industry since its inception and has held developer, CTO, analyst, and research director positions at City of New York, Cap Gemini, Gigaom, and Datameer.

Our Sales Team

Jim Fama

Jim Fama

Senior Business Development Director
Jim has worked as a sales professional and trusted advisor to vendor clients for more than 30 years.
 
Jeff Britt

Jeff Britt

Senior Global Director

Jeff is an industry veteran from various companies, including Microsoft, 451 Research, and Fast Company. Jeff guides technology organizations in building strategic content that delivers.

Frank Ross

Frank Ross

Senior Business Development Director

Sales Professional with 15+ years of experience supporting and advising his clients to achieve their goals and objectives. Frank is married with a young daughter and golden retriever.  

Adam Murray

Adam Murray

Business Development Manager

Adam is Bay Area born and raised, with a decade of leadership in the service industry. He is putting his experience to good use on the sales team, working with clients to assess and meet their goals for growth.

Myron Dobel

Myron Dobel

Director Of Business Development

Career long veteran in IT and IT Research. Myron excels at helping align the client’s needs with the right solutions.

Michael Medina

Michael Medina

Business Development Manager

Michael is always looking for ways to help clients solve business problems by leveraging research and analysis to make practical technology decisions.

Donald Barjas

Donald Barjas

Business Development Manager

Donald is a new entrant into the tech world, spending the last ten years in DTC sales in the entertainment space. Post pandemic, he transitioned to GigaOm looking to bring his value-driven philosophy for service. 

Ryan Roman

Ryan Roman

Sales Operations Manager

Ryan Roman is an army veteran living in Santa Maria, CA who loves building PCs.

Our Research Team

Catina Ross

PMO Director

Catina Ross has a 20 year career leading and executing complex projects for three global corporations and spent two years in the prison reform space. Her passion for change and diversity fuels her love for executing projects with excellence. Traveling with family and watching a good movie is how she spends her downtime.

Eileen O'Loughlin

Senior Research Editor

Well-versed in technical writing and editing, Eileen is passionate about helping businesses leverage technology to solve business challenges and achieve strategic goals. She loves exploring the hill country in Austin, TX.

Amy Hyde

Customer Success

Amy has 20+ years of experience developing digital content products. Amy’s experience includes The New York Times Company, AOL, Time Warner brands including HBO, CNN, The Cartoon Network, and more.

Adell Cairns

Research Manager

Adell has 18+ years as a corporate communications professional. She is a south Louisiana native with a BS in aviation. She loves to travel, aviation, college football, beekeeping, and all things dogs. 

Joseph Green

Research Operations

A technology enthusiast since his youth and a biomedical engineer by training, Joe is now getting into the tech future as he assists with cutting-edge research. He also enjoys soaking up rays with an ice-cold Dr. Pepper.

John Baltisberger

Content Production Manager

John Baltisberger is a native-born Austinite and award-nominated author of speculative fiction and poetry. When not working at GigaOm, he manages the horror publishing company Madness Heart Press.

Marisa A. Hines

Engagement Manager, Analyst Experience

Marisa is a data-driven, award-winning content strategist and project manager living in San Francisco Bay. She has a passion for portfolio growth and helping authors deliver high-quality content to the end-user. 

Sharon Terdeman

Senior Research Editor

Sharon is a seasoned editor with over 20 years of experience in providing innovative content for both online and print formats at a variety of technical magazines, including PC Magazine and MSDN Magazine.

Travaar Armstrong

Technical Research Project Manager

Travaar is a 9-year veteran of the U.S. Army / Virginia Army National Guard who has managed a variety of projects in both the military and private sectors. He holds an MBA in Tech Management and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. 

Gill Reindl

Gill Reindl

Resourcing Manager Research

Gill has a passion for developing and mobilizing talent and teams. She has traveled a varied path as a commercial manager, academic educator, and international project manager.

Nic

Nic Saunders

People Operations

Nic comes from a diverse background of academia and theatre production, and most recently has focused on operations within the tech startup space. Nic believes painless growth is possible with the right tooling.

Mike Irvine

Mike Irvine

Technical Research Project Manager

Mike has managed projects of all sizes and complexities across a range of technology sectors around the globe. Having landed in the PNW he feels perfectly at home in the rain so reminiscent of his native British Isles.

Kenyanna Cornely

Technical Research Project Coordinator

In April of 2021, Kenyanna discovered her passion for task management, successfully finishing projects and self-edification. She currently pursues her BS in Business Administration to continue growing her skillsets.

Lesley

Lesley Scoble-Ash

Taxonomy & Administrative Support

Lesley has a diverse background working in law, training, and people operations. She is part of the support team for GigOm’s Research division. She is motivated by supporting organizational growth and scaling.

Helen Murphy

Senior Editor

Award-winning journalist, Senior Editor, Devex, Editor of Special Projects, GigaOm; Co-founder (watch this space), ex Reuters Bureau Chief, ex Bloomberg

Our Marketing Team

Scott Shultz

Creative Director

Scott serves as the central point for GigaOm’s visual brand experience. From website design to product design and sales enablement materials, he ensures a consistent brand voice for GigaOm.

Jamie Poitra

Senior Software Engineer

Jamie is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in web development. Eight of those years were spent working specifically with media companies. Jamie enjoys finding solutions to empower authors.

Asparuh Ruychev

Director of Digital Marketing

Asparuh is experienced marketer helping GigaOm spread their story across digital channels.

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