About Us 2017-05-02T08:44:34+00:00

Innovating the Future

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Team

Kia Behnia

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kia Behnia is an industry veteran with over 20 years of executive experience in private and public high-tech companies. Most recently, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for leading BMC’s technology and solution strategy for all products including social enterprise, mobility management and cloud computing management. He came to BMC via the acquisition of Marimba Inc. where he served as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Marimba, he served as a senior member of the technical team for Tivoli Systems Inc., which was acquired by IBM.

Andrew Cohen

Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer

Andrew Cohen combines vision and strategic leadership with a rich background in innovative technology solutions. Over the last 12 years, he has taken on startup leadership roles in enterprise sales, strategy services and first customer product releases. He has 10 years of leading-edge R&D in mobile work, collaboration and product design, with multiple patents, presentations and publications to his name. Companies he has worked with include Kanisa, Knova, Kana Communications and IBM Research.

Jonathan Kaplan

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan Kaplan, a technical leader who understands the corporate IT environment, has eight years of experience implementing real-time collaboration systems. He was the original software architect of Open Wonderland project, a Java open source toolkit for creating collaborative 3D virtual worlds. He has six years of collaboration-focused research, during which he developed and deployed multiple systems and received multiple patents. Companies he has worked with include Sun Labs and WonderBuilders.

Ravinder Braich

VP, Product Management

As VP of Product, Ravinder Braich brings 15 years of product and technical sales experience in both startups and public companies to PowWow Mobile. Previously, he was at Citrix Systems (via Net6 acquisition) as the Senior Director of Product Management as well as Director of Solutions Engineering. Prior to Citrix, he held sales engineering roles at Octane which was acquired by Epiphany and Intrepid which was acquired by PeopleSoft. Ravinder was also on the board of advisors at Vivu Inc. which was acquired by Polycom.

Craig Parks

SVP, Customer Success

As VP of Customer Success, Craig Parks brings 25+ years of experience in professional services, customer care and technical sales management in the tech industry to PowWow Mobile. He joined the company in 2016 after serving as the VP of Customer Success at Bromium and Sr. Director of the Center of Excellence for Service Support at BMC Software. Previously, Parks also served in customer success and engineering roles at Marimba and Tivoli Systems.
Kristen H. Rachels

VP, Marketing & Communications

Kristen Rachels serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for PowWow Mobile where she brings over 10 years of marketing experience in high-growth and established technology companies. Previously, Kristen was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for enterprise mobility company, StarMobile, Inc., which was acquired by PowWow Mobile in October 2016.
Rafael Santini

SVP, Sales

Rafael Santini is a sales and tech industry veteran, with over 20 years experience leading and building high-performance teams. Most recently serving as the Vice President of Sales at Devicescape, where he was responsible for driving consistent revenue growth. Previously, Santini served in senior sales leadership roles building direct, channel and strategic alliances for Virsto Software (acquired by VMware), Citrix Systems via Xensource acquisition, Marimba (acquired by BMC Group) and Compuware Corporation (via Ecosystems acquisition).
Todd Fryburger

SVP, Strategic Alliances

Todd Fryburger is Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances at PowWow Mobile, bringing over 30 years experience in building and leading organizations that create, sell, implement and support information technology products and services. Most recently, he served as President and CEO for enterprise mobility company, StarMobile, Inc., which was acquired by PowWow Mobile in October 2016. Previously, Fryburger led high-performance businesses for Cramer Systems (acquired by Amdocs), PeopleSoft (acquired by Oracle), CSC and CAS AG (acquired by Accenture).

Board Members

Dave Schwab

Chairman / Investor

Dave Schwab, a managing director of both Sierra Ventures and Vertical Venture Partners, has years of experience growing businesses not just as an investor, but as an entrepreneur, engineer, and sales and marketing professional.

Julien Nguyen

Board Member / Investor

Julien Nguyen founded four startups and became a venture capitalist by first founding Applied Materials Ventures. He is currently investing with NanoDimension.

Prabhu Goel

Board Member / Investor

Prabhu Goel is founder and CEO of Gateway Design Automation, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems, and has invested in many private ventures including Rightworks, Exodus, Versata, Synplicity and Everest Design.

Investors