Steve Kille - Chief Executive Officer
Steve Kille is the CEO of Isode, which he founded in 1992 and re-launched in 2002. Steve is an Internet pioneer and visionary, who has been closely involved with many key Internet technologies since 1980, and has brought several of them to market with Isode.
Steve led the original Isode business of high end messaging and directory server products. Within 5 years Isode grew to 35 staff in offices in the UK and US with revenue of $2M and over 100 customers across 29 countries.
In 1999, he merged Isode to found MessagingDirect. MessagingDirect developed the e-Courier electronic Document Delivery Product using the Isode products. Steve then moved to San Francisco for two years, to build MessagingDirect's US presence and partnerships. MessagingDirect was sold to ACI Worldwide in 2001 and Steve negotiated a deal with ACI to re-launch Isode in 2002.
Steve is a well known speaker and recognized industry visionary. He has twenty years of experience with messaging, directory, security, and e-commerce, and has been responsible for a range of widely deployed products and standards. He has written over forty RFCs (Internet Standards), and is one of the authors of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol).
From 1981 to 1992, he was a Senior Research Fellow at University College London and led US and European funded research projects on messaging, directory, networking and distributed systems. He has worked with the Internet and Internet standardization since 1981. He has published a book and numerous papers and articles.
Steve has BA and MA honours degrees in Physics from Oxford University, and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He was born in London, where he now lives.
Bhanu Saunder- Chief Financial Officer
Bhanu joined Isode as CFO in March 2014 where she is responsible for all aspects of Isode's financial affairs including management and financial reporting, treasury and tax affairs.
Prior to joining Isode, Bhanu spent almost two decades working in a variety of senior positions running all finance functions of SMEs that also included company transformations. She started her UK industry working career as an Accountant of the then Isode Limited in 1995. Since then, she has worked in a range of industries spanning mobile telephony, food distribution, construction and public private partnership.
Bhanu is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She is married with 2 children and enjoys reading, cycling, yoga and doing Rangoli art in her spare time.
Damy Mahl - VP Engineering (Directory)
Damy Mahl is the VP Engineering responsible for Isode's Directory Products. He has been working in the field of directories since 1989 and in that period time has been involved in several directory development and deployment projects in the academic, governmental and private sectors.
Damy began his career at Brunel University where he was a member of a research group developing some of the earliest X.500 directory user agents for the academic community. This moved on to work in the management and deployment of large scale directory systems as well the further development of X.500 and LDAP directory technology in search, address book and management clients. Damy joined Isode in 2003 having had a working relationship with the company since 1995.
Damy has a BSc in Computer Science from University College London. He lives in West London and in his free time enjoys a diverse set of activities including football, Scrabble, scuba diving and yoga.
David Wilson - Chief Technology Officer
Dr. David Wilson is an expert in the architecture, protocols and implementation of messaging, directory, and distributed network systems. As well as leading the support of all the Isode products since 1995, he has played a central role in setting the evolving architecture for the Isode products and implementation of key functionality.
Prior to joining Isode, David worked in the Academic Computing Service of the Open University (the worlds leading distance teaching university). He developed and supported a variety of innovative services for this distributed environment, including work on the technology developed by Steve Kille at University College London, that led to M-Switch and M-Vault.
David has a BA in Theoretical Physics and a PhD Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. He also conducted post-doctoral research in numerical modeling of physical processes.
Denise Foudy - General Counsel
Denise Foudy was called to the Bar in July 1983, and after spending a couple of years in commercial chambers she has spent the rest of her career working as an in house lawyer. Denise has over 15 years in the IT sector, working for Logica for six years before joining Isode as General Counsel in January 1994. Denise has played a leading role in the Isode corporate transactions over the last few years and is one of the founders of the new Company.
Denise is a graduate of the University of Bath, University of Westminster and Inns of Court Law School; she is married with 3 children and lives in SW London.
Ian Reissmann - VP Engineering (Messaging)
Ian Reissmann has been working as a Team Leader and Designer/Implementer of networking products for over twenty years. In that time he has worked extensively on the design and implementation of products which are compatible with OSI and Internet standards, primarily OSI X.400, Internet messaging and security.
Ian's career started at ICL in 1985, including a large X.400 project for the UK Ministry of Defence. He joined Isode in 1995 to lead the Messaging development team. This included the design and implementation of many advanced X.400 and Internet features of the M-Switch product. After the formation of MessagingDirect (and the subsequent acquisition by ACI) he led the e-Courier project. This involved a large engineering team, based in Canada and London, and a complex product with many components in addition to the Isode ones. In 2003 he left ACI to rejoin Isode as a VP Engineering.
Ian has a degree in Computer Studies from Hallam University (the Sheffield City Polytechnic). He is married and lives in Henley. In his spare time he is a local Councillor and Bridge Grandmaster.
Kevin Smith - VP Engineering (IM and Presence)
Kev joined Isode in 2009 and is responsible for the XMPP product set. Prior to this, he worked on detection systems for credit card fraud.
Kev began working with XMPP in 2001, since then he has managed or contributed to a number of XMPP projects such as the Psi and Swift instant messaging clients, administrating XMPP services, and been a member of the XMPP Standards Foundation and the XMPP Council, which he has also chaired. He has authored a number of XMPP specifications, and co-authored the book "XMPP: The Definitive Guide" for O'Reilly.
Kev has a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Exeter. After leaving Exeter he returned to Wales, where he now lives with his wife.
Nick Hudson - VP Engineering (Java & GUIs)
Nick has worked in the IT sector since 1980, beginning as a trainee programmer at Luton College of Higher Education (which has since been absorbed into the University of Bedfordshire). At Luton, Nick worked on PDP/11s running RSTS/E and was involved in the setting up of a new computer centre which purchased one of the first VAXClusters to be installed in the UK.
Nick subsequently moved to Digital Equipment (later subsumed by Compaq, which was in turn was assimilated into Hewlett Packard), during which time he worked in a variety of roles, including the programme to introduce Alpha based VMS and Unix systems to the UK.
Nick joined Isode in 2004, and now leads the team responsible for Isode's Management UIs. In 2009, he completed a Philosophy BA at the University of Reading, which has actually turned out to be slightly more useful than might have been expected.
Will Sheward - VP Marketing & Sales
Will has been working for Isode since mid-2003 and heads Isode's Marketing and Sales teams.
Prior to joining Isode Will spent 20 years working in the IT industry in Sales and Marketing dealing with high-level multi-million pound contracts and low-cost consumer products. He's successfully launched products in both niche and consumer markets, designed and implemented customer relationship management strategies and advised on traditional and new media promotional programs.
Will has an MBA from Lancaster University's Management School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Will served on the Board of Directors of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) from 2008 to 2011.