Executive Leadership

Kevin B. Thompson

Kevin B. Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Thompson has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2010. He served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since July 2006 and assumed the title and responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer in July 2007 and President in January 2009. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Surgient, Inc., a software company, from November 2005 until March 2006 and was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAS Institute, a business intelligence software company, from September 2004 until November 2005. From October 2000 until August 2004, Thompson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company. Thompson holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the Boards of SolarWinds, Instructure, a publicly-traded educational technology firm, and Blackline, a financial automation software provider.

J. Barton Kalsu

J. Barton Kalsu

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

J. Barton Kalsu joined the Company in August 2007 as Chief Accountant and Vice President, Finance, and has been responsible for managing the Company’s financial operations since joining the company. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Kalsu worked for JPMorgan Chase Bank as Vice President, Commercial Banking, from June 2005 until August 2007. From April 2002 until June 2005, Kalsu worked for Red Hat, Inc. as Senior Director of Finance. Prior to 2002, Kalsu worked in public accounting for Arthur Andersen LLP. Kalsu holds a B.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Christoph Pfister

Christoph Pfister

Executive Vice President of Products

Christoph Pfister is the Executive Vice President of Products at SolarWinds, leading strategy, product management and product marketing to drive growth and expansion for SolarWinds’ portfolio of IT management products. He brings a wealth of relevant experience building world-class software products, having served in a variety of executive positions at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, most recently as the Vice-President and General Manager of a $1B+ software division. Prior to HP he was a founding partner of a database consulting and tools company in France, and worked at Oracle Corp. Pfister received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from FHT Esslingen in Germany and a master’s degree (DESS) from the University of Lyon in France. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

Doug G. Hibberd

Doug G. Hibberd

Executive Vice President, President Business Operations

Doug Hibberd serves as our Executive Vice President, President Business Operations. Prior to his current role, Hibberd held a number a senior management positions at SolarWinds, including Senior Vice President, Engineering and General Manager of Asia-Pacific Operations. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Hibberd was Vice President, Engineering at RealVue Simulation Technologies, Inc., a provider of custom simulation software to the commercial, industrial and manufacturing sectors, from September 2004 until May 2006. Hibberd was Vice President, Engineering at ForwardVue Technologies Inc., a provider of supply chain risk management software and services, from November 2001 until September 2004. He holds a degree as a technician in mechanical engineering from Sydney Technical College and has received fundamentals of engineering certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering.

Jason Bliss

Jason Bliss

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Jason Bliss has served as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since April 2014. Bliss previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Legal Operations and Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining SolarWinds in 2008, Bliss was an associate at DLA Piper specializing in mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and licensing. Prior to DLA Piper, Bliss was a technology consultant with Accenture. Bliss earned a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia.

David Gardiner

David Gardiner

Executive Vice President, International Business

David Gardiner is the Executive Vice President of International Business for the EMEA and APAC markets at SolarWinds. David brings more than 17 years of IT sales, business development, and senior management experience, of which nine years has been at SolarWinds. At SolarWinds, David is responsible for driving international strategy, business development, partnerships, and overseeing the international sales teams. Prior to SolarWinds, David worked as Director, Business Development for Motive; Manager, Business Development for BroadJump; and in channel business development for Trilogy. David holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Joe Kim

Joe Kim

Executive Vice President, Engineering and Global CTO

Joe Kim is the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Global Chief Technology Officer at SolarWinds, responsible for the overall technology strategy, direction, and execution for SolarWinds 30+ IT management products and systems. Previously, Kim was the General Manager of Hewlett-Packard® Enterprise’s Transform business unit responsible for product strategy, management, engineering and execution of five new, innovative products in the IT Operations Management (ITOM) space, and the CTO for HP Software’s Application Delivery Management (ADM) and ITOM businesses responsible for leading the development of transformational technologies and forward-thinking ideas. He has held other executive leadership roles at General Electric, Berkshire Hathaway, and several start-ups. Kim holds a Bachelors in Computer Science, and Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University.

 David Owens

David Owens

Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, EMEA

David Owens serves as our Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, EMEA. Prior to joining SolarWinds in 2007, Owens worked for Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, for over seven years, where he served initially as Director of Global Logistics and Production and then as Senior Director of Finance- EMEA. Owens qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

 Jennifer Alessandra

Jennifer Alessandra

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Jennifer Alessandra has served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources since joining the company in March 2012. In this role, she is responsible for all HR functions, including organization planning, compensation, benefits and HRIS, recruiting and retaining talent, leadership and employee development, and employee relations. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Alessandra was Head of Talent Acquisition, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, a business unit of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Before joining Raytheon, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for KB Home (NYSE: KBH) from 2004 to 2009 and has held a number of other human resources leadership positions over the course of her career. Alessandra earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public policy, planning and development with an emphasis in human resources at the University of Southern California. Alessandra also serves on the board of directors for Central Texas Food Bank.


Darren Beck

Darren Beck

Chief Marketing Officer

Darren Beck joined SolarWinds from Guaranteed Rate™, where he also served as CMO. In his nearly 20-year career, he has built a track record of defining strategic vision and executing cross-functional initiatives to realize aggressive goals. He has held a number of senior leadership positions, managing all aspects of marketing and demand generation, including advertising, digital marketing, web development, and public relations for companies including LendingTree®, Capital One®, and Wal-Mart®.

Chris Benwell

Chris Benwell

Senior Vice President, North American Commercial Sales

Chris Benwell is a customer- and employee-focused leader with more than 20 years’ experience in revenue-driving senior leadership roles at Pearson® Education and Hewlett-Packard. He brings a strong track record of leading software sales growth and transforming teams to SolarWinds.

David Cronk

David Cronk

Senior Vice President, International Sales

David Cronk brings 20 years of experience as a sales leader to SolarWinds’ leadership team. Prior to SolarWinds, Cronk most recently served as SVP of North American and channel sales at Pearson Education. Prior to that, he was responsible for building an inside sales organization for Hewlett-Packard as vice president and general manager of the company’s Asia-Pacific Japan Enterprise Group.

John Pagliuca

John Pagliuca

Senior Vice President, SolarWinds MSP

John Pagliuca joined SolarWinds with the acquisition of LOGICnow, where he served as chief financial officer. He now leads the SolarWinds MSP business, overseeing sales, customer retention and success, support, marketing, financial planning and analysis, and business applications. Prior to LOGICnow, Pagliuca was VP of finance and operations for GFI Software.

David Kimball

David Kimball

Senior Vice President, Federal and International Government Business

David Kimball joined SolarWinds in October 2010 as the Vice President of the U.S. Federal business and has been responsible for managing the company’s federal sales, marketing and technical operations since. He was promoted to Group Vice President, Federal and International Government in 2015 and assumed responsibility for the EMEA government business. In October 2016, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and assumed responsibility for the APAC government business as well. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Kimball held senior management positions at companies such as Intellitactics, Netiq, Trend Micro, and Remedy Corporation. Kimball holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management information systems from Ramapo College.

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