Mak Joshi - President
Mak Joshi has been actively involved with the BPMA over past several years. This includes volunteer roles on the Partnerships Committee and the Executive Mentorship Council. Most recently, he has been on the BPMA Board as Director of Sponsorships.
Outside BPMA, Mak is an accomplished Product Professional in the Energy Sector, currently working as Director of Product Management at Schneider Electric, a Global Leader in Energy Management. Mak’s experience in the Energy Sector includes a Clean Energy Fellowship with the prestigious New England Clean Energy Council and two Start-ups he co-founded. His most recent start-up, Grid Sensor proposed several innovative solutions for Electric Distribution Grid Automation and Mak was invited by the US CTO to present at a Showcase event at the White House. Previously, Mak has consulted as an Energy Expert for the Electric Utility Sector, MA Clean Energy Center, the Canadian Consulate at Boston and other Governmental Agencies. Mak also holds leadership roles with TiE-Boston as Chair - Energy and Cleantech SIG and NH High Tech Council on their Entrepreneur Forum.
Mak has a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Bruce McCarthy - Vice President
Having spent a lifetime as a builder and innovator, Bruce has a passion for understanding customer needs and creating compelling solutions. He has founded three companies and has led teams in organizations ranging from startups to market leaders such as Art Technology Group, Oracle and D&B. His executive-level positions include, most recently, VP of Product at NetProspex. He has demonstrated his leadership in areas ranging from marketing to acquisitions (on both sides of the table) to product management and development. A dedicated evangelist for better products and product management, Bruce founded UpUp Labs in 2012. Through it, he offers consulting services and applies his expertise to building innovative new product management tools like Reqqs the forthcoming smart roadmapping tool. Bruce is also a prolific blogger on product management topics, as well as an organizer and popular speaker at product management, development, and innovation events.
Jay Janardhan - Secretary
Jay Janardhan is a results-driven software professional with a focus on emerging technologies. He has more than 15 years of experience in various areas of the software industry including product management, project management, team building and general management. Jay is currently focused on SaaS and IaaS Cloud solutions for enterprise data centers, particularly using Openstack and open source projects. Jay has an MBA from the University of New Hampshire and BE from University of Mysore, India.
Andrew Shepard, Treasurer and President Emeritus
Andrew develops and implements product and company strategies to improve profitability throughout the value chain. Andrew has extensive experience across the Transportation, Appliance, Paper, and Hi-Tech industries. Andrew is recognized for his success as a Six-sigma Black Belt and Kaizen facilitator. As a Global Director of Market Management at Hollingsworth & Vose, Andrew is researching, designing and leading strategic long-range plans, internal process improvements and innovative new product introductions. He holds an MBA with Highest Honors from Boston University and a Double Major, Engineering and English, from Dartmouth College.
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Paul Ressler - Director of Programming
Paul Ressler is the principal of The Cirrostratus Group and provides consulting services for SaaS and cloud computing providers. Paul’s practice focuses on service delivery, developing new SaaS and cloud service offerings, SaaS conversion and SaaS business strategy. He has worked in executive roles in general management, operations, service delivery, and professional services within SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Managed Services businesses and has a BS in Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Northeastern University.
William Geller, Director of Marketing
William Geller is an accomplished international senior product management and marketing professional with 15 years of experience. William currently consults to technology firms, both in the US and abroad, to drive strategic product development, organizational expansion into new markets, and sales and marketing programs to drive revenue and market share. William is currently an advisor to several technology startups, a co-chair of the Lean Startup Challenge, and mentors promising students through Babson's CLTP mentoring program. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Global Strategy from Babson College's F.W. Olin School of Business and a BSEE from Drexel University.
Deepthi Bathina, Director of Executive Council
Deepthi Bathina is an accomplished senior executive and she currently works as the Vice President of Global Product Management, Marketing and Strategy at Wolters Kluwer, where she leads world-wide Product Management, Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for the TyMetrix core software business and Legal Analytics services. Deepthi is a reputable Business Consultant and has worked directly for former CEO of GE, Jack Welch to develop and drive strategic initiatives. She has previously worked as the Senior Director of Strategy and Product Marketing at ADP. She holds the role of Director of BPMA Executive Council, where she built an executive organization from scratch. BPMA Executive Council brings together product management and marketing executives from the New England area to sound board key topics to product managers and to provide mentorship to marketing/product management professionals in the area.She was recognized by Boston Business Journal with the MBA All Star Award for overall professional excellence. Deepthi holds an MBA in Global Strategy from Babson College, F.W. Olin School of Business and a Masters in Computer Science from WPI.
Gisela Bauerle, Director of Online Community & Web Support
Gisela Bauerle is a product manager, marketer and sales enabler with extensive e-commerce solutions experience in the global software and technology industry. In her profession and in her role at the BPMA, she balances business requirements with technical capabilities to deliver web solutions combining function and design for meaningful user-centered experiences. Gisela has a BA from Simmons College in International Management with German and French.
Roy is a software products professional with experience in product management, software architecture and entrepreneurship. He has worked for Hi-Tech companies in the US and Israel, and has brought diverse and innovative products and features to market across technologies and business models including web, mobile, desktop and integrated. Roy has a BS in Computer Science and Math minor from Suffolk University, and an MBA from Boston University.As Director of Employment and Recruitment (E&R), Roy works to bring employers and job seekers together by leveraging BPMA's quality product-centric community and audience. To learn about BPMA's online career center, please log on to the BPMA Career Center
or write to E&R@bostonproducts.org
Jane Fine, Director of Alliances
Jane has been a principal of Fine Edge since 1999, a B2B primary market research and strategy firm to the software and service industries, where she works with technology clients on business development, sales/market strategy and competitive intelligence. For the last 2 years she has focused on technology clients targeting education. (K-12, Higher Education, and Corporate Education). Her clients have included Perkins Products (Perkins School for the Blind), myEdGPS., and Zulama. Her prior experience includes roles as Vice President of Business Development in a software start-up and field sales of outsourced document management services for Xerox Corporation. In her role of Director of Alliances, Jane has managed a team since 2009 that has developed relationships that have provided joint programming and member benefits and event discounts to BPMA members. (For example, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, MIT Enterprise Forum, ENET, Association of Strategy Professionals). Prior to assuming the position of BPMA Director of Alliances, Jane has held the roles of BPMA Director of Marketing and Alliance Manager. Jane has earned a B.S. in Education from Lesley University, an M.Ed from Cambridge College, and Certificates of Professional Achievement in Product Management from UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education and Data Systems Technology from Northeastern University.
Bal is a Senior Director at CA Technologies working in the office of the CTO, leading the initiative to build the next generation SaaS operating platform. He has led several company wide initiatives in the area of portfolio and project management, product management and engineering process improvement and Agile adoption. Bal has coached several executives and product teams in becoming more innovative and collaborative by adopting Agile. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP). He has spoken at several professional organizations such as SPIN, about his coaching experience to drive innovation and growth. Prior to CA, Bal was a Director of product development at Workscape, a HR startup and a Client Partner at Razorfish, a top internet consulting firm. Bal has an MBA from Babson and MS in engineering from IIT Madras.
Lalit Shinde - Director of Membership
Lalit Shinde is an incisive, results-driven, strategic delivery director and visionary technology executive at Juniper Networks. He has an exceptional record of identifying market opportunities, developing breakthrough products and driving product introductions to generate significant revenue, competitive advantage and market share. Prior to his current role in Corporate Strategy and Go-to- Market, he held positions within Product Management, Business Development, Engineering, and as a Managing and Technical consultant. He is able to combine technology, market, customer and competitive information with trends to identify significant market opportunities to drive the product roadmap. He has a demonstrated track record of developing highly profitable, disruptive technology products to cater to the evolving next generation of cloud-based, mobile, and high-iq networks.
Phil Faulkner, Director of Event Operations
Philip is Head of Marketing for a SaaS collaborative decsion making software firm, He has extensive global experience in solution management and product marketing of enterprise software and SaaS offerings with IBM, EMC and MetraTech. Within these product roles, the focus has been on early customer programs, field testing and disruptive product roll-out. In his off time, he is a mentor with WPI TAN group and for several local startups. Philip received an MBA from Boston College and an BA in Economics from the Whittimore School of Business.
Open - Director of Online Content