Chairman and CEO
Vivek Ranadivé is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, author, philanthropist, and sports team owner recognized for his outside-the-box thinking. He has led the advancement and use of real-time technology in business operations and decision making, earning him the nickname "Mr. Real Time" in technology circles. Mr. Ranadivé is dedicated to the vision that if you get the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.
In 1986 Mr. Ranadivé founded Teknekron Software Systems, which focused on creating the stock trading floor of the future. Teknekron went on to automate Wall Street, and its technology became the engine for most of the world's capital markets. In 1997 he founded his present company, TIBCO Software Inc., with the mission of bringing real-time computing into the mainstream. Today TIBCO technology helps more than 4,000 customers thrive by powering everything from the web to airlines, utilities, communications providers, manufacturers, and governments. With over a billion dollar revenue run rate, TIBCO is one of the fastest-growing software companies in its peer group.
Mr. Ranadivé has authored three books that are New York Times and global best sellers, both widely read in business and academia. His most recent book is The Two-Second Advantage: how we succeed by anticipating the future – just enough; his previous book, The Power to Predict, explored how companies can break new ground in their quest to anticipate customers' needs, capture new opportunities, and predict and avoid problems; and the Power of Now covered how winning companies sense and respond to change using real-time technology. A native of Bombay, India, Mr. Ranadivé watched a documentary on MIT and was inspired at the age of 16 to leave India for Cambridge, Massachusetts, arriving with only $50 in his pocket. After earning both a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he obtained an MBA at Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Ranadivé is a big basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter's middle school team. Mr. Ranadivé's coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules – and was most recently featured as the topic of the first chapter in Gladwell's latest best-seller, "David and Goliath". He started his foray into the professional side of basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise. In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings. Vivek believes he will soon realize his dream of taking the sport of basketball to India and making it "the" global sport of the 21st century.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Mr. Hughes is responsible for TIBCO's Legal functions. Prior to returning to the US in 2003 as General Counsel, he had been the company's European General Counsel, based in London, England. Between 1989 and his joining TIBCO in 1999, Mr. Hughes held several in-house Legal positions in the technology industry in Europe and the United States. Prior to 1989, he worked in private practice in the areas of corporate, finance and intellectual property law. Mr. Hughes holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.S. in Management from Canisius College.
Executive Vice President,
Products & Technology
Mr. Laffey joined TIBCO in 2002 and is responsible for Engineering, Global Support and Educational Services. Prior to TIBCO, Mr. Laffey was a co-founder of Talarian Corporation, a provider of middleware, where he was responsible for engineering and product direction. He has over 25 years experience in software and has published over 30 articles in recognized scientific publications. Mr. Laffey has an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Langdon is responsible for financial operations, strategy, and reporting worldwide. Since joining TIBCO in 2003, he has served in various leadership roles in finance and marketing. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations with responsibility for corporate development, investor relations, marketing, and TIBCO Loyalty Lab. Before joining TIBCO, Mr. Langdon worked in product management at Siebel Systems, investment management at an affiliate of Bass Brothers Enterprises, and investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Northwestern University.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Rode has been with TIBCO (and its predecessor company) since 1995 in a variety of roles. Mr. Rode has cross-functional responsibility for the implementation of the corporate operating plans and strategies. He has direct responsibility for a range of functions, including Finance, Marketing, and Corporate Development, as well as several operating groups. Prior to joining TIBCO, Mr. Rode was a management consultant with a major international consulting firm, where he worked primarily in the areas of technology strategy and planning and business process re-engineering. Mr. Rode holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Executive Vice President,
Global Field Operations
Mr. Sönmez is responsible for TIBCO's worldwide sales and field operations. He joined TIBCO in 1994 and has held a variety of executive positions including general manager of EMEA operations and chief marketing officer. His professional background includes EVP of Operations at Centrata, a utility computing software firm, and engineering and product marketing positions at Consilium, a Manufacturing Execution Systems software provider. Mr. Sönmez holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ms. Wright is responsible for worldwide marketing at TIBCO. She joined TIBCO from Symantec, where she was the vice president of the Global eCommerce Sales business, responsible for marketing and selling $1.8B in consumer and B2B products online. She previously served as general manager of Symantec's emerging technologies and healthcare business groups. Ms. Wright joined Symantec through the acquisition of VERITAS Software, where she led Global Marketing campaigns. Prior to joining VERITAS, Ms. Wright worked in the marketing & sales group for The Walt Disney Company, helping to build Disney's first enterprise BI platform. Ms. Wright has also worked for PaySys International (acquired by First Data) and Lockheed Martin. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida in business administration/finance.