Our leadership team is dedicated to customer success.
Jama Software was founded in 2007, and quickly gained recognition as one of the fastest-growing U.S. software companies. Its management team provides the market a roadmap for modern product development.
“My vision for Jama is to be an extension of the bold goals and mission of the companies we serve. Our customers are improving lives, launching satellites and building breakthrough robotics; they’re focused on the future, and I’m focused on making sure Jama gets them there faster.”
As CEO, Scott sets the strategic vision for the company. Prior to joining Jama, Scott served as Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Email Optimization business unit for data solutions provider Return Path, where he led a global team of more than 250 employees spanning product management, engineering, sales, services, channel and marketing. Scott brings more than 15 years of SaaS business-building experience including roles with Salesforce.com, ExactTarget and Webtrends. At ExactTarget, Scott helped the organization achieve more than 50% annual growth, expand into Europe, Asia and Latin America and complete a successful IPO on the NYSE prior to its $2.5B acquisition by Salesforce.com. Reach Scott on LinkedIn.
“Our customers are building the impossible products of the future. Helping them deliver complex systems that change the world – that is what inspires everyone here at Jama.”
Eric Winquist founded Jama in 2007 after witnessing first-hand the common frustrations companies face in delivering complex, systems-driven products to market. In 2017 Eric relocated to The Netherlands to open and operate Jama Software’s European headquarters. With more than 20 years of experience in product development and entrepreneurship, he is passionate about reinventing product development in the enterprise. Eric’s interest and background in the psychology of work and motivation has informed many of the innovations in Jama Software’s collaboration platform. Reach Eric on LinkedIn.
“Systems companies share two business goals: Build the right product and get it to market quickly. I have only one business goal: Make smart, data-driven decisions.”
Barry guides financial operations for Jama. With experience managing all functional areas within an enterprise, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investment capital raising, and IPO preparation, Barry helps steer the Jama vision to maximize shareholder value. Formerly President, CFO and COO at digital visual media licenser Corbis, Barry brings more than two decades of experience driving key strategic initiatives for startups and established organizations within the enterprise software, online services, digital media and systems engineering sectors. Reach Barry on LinkedIn.
“The convergence of complex systems presents incredible opportunities and challenges for today’s companies. Jama has a unique opportunity to help customers overcome these challenges and I’m here to help them map our solution to fit their needs.”
Jonathan leads new business growth at Jama and runs the team responsible for helping the world’s most innovative companies find solutions to their product development challenges through Jama. Passionate about building and motivating great teams, Jonathan focuses his team on building long-term strategic customer relationships. Specializing in designing, executing and supporting revenue generating models, he has over a decade of experience in senior enterprise sales leadership roles. Prior to joining Jama, Jonathan held senior sales leadership roles at GoodData, Janrain and Webtrends. Reach Jonathan on LinkedIn.
“As connectivity spreads, product complexity is increasing. At the same time development cycles are shrinking. Like our customers, I feel these pressures every day. By focusing on the needs of our customers, we empower their success in building world-class products.”
John leads product engineering at Jama. With a passion for customer success, John leverages more than 25 years of experience building state-of-the-art software solutions in Silicon Valley, Reno, and Portland. Most recently, he was Vice President of Engineering at Skyward IO, creating applications for commercial drone operators. His career has spanned a variety of industries, such as financials, payroll, taxation, and healthcare, at companies both large and small, including PeopleSoft, Intuit, ADP, Serena Software, and Thomson Reuters. John also serves as co-chair of the Technology Association of Oregon’s Development and Engineering Community. Reach John on LinkedIn.
“Companies live or die on the strength of their products. I am driven by the same tenets as the systems engineers and product managers we serve – to innovate, deliver value and solve profound problems with useful, impactful tools.”
Jennifer leads conception, definition and go-to-market strategy for Jama’s products. She works closely with customers to uncover the unique problems systems engineers and product managers are trying to solve with product definition and delivery. User experience, validation and satisfaction are her team’s top priorities. Intuitive design and elegant workflows feed her passion. Prior to joining Jama, she spent more than 20 years as a product manager and leader, directing product and portfolio strategy for both iterative and sequential software, hardware and systems development environments. Reach Jennifer on LinkedIn.
“Increasingly, new products are connected, integrated systems. Jama enables teams to innovate faster without sacrificing quality or compliance needs.”
Clay leads the teams responsible for key customer interactions, including Customer Success Management, Professional Services, Solutions Engineering, Support, and Training. With a focus on driving business outcomes, Clay and his teams work closely with customers to understand their day-to-day and most strategic challenges. Together they architect solutions and co-design success plans that deliver long-term customer value. Clay brings over 15 years of experience architecting and delivering SaaS-based enterprise solutions across a variety of verticals. Reach Clay on LinkedIn.
“To facilitate our customers’ continued success, we must develop the right partnerships to ensure Jama works seamlessly with the platforms and services they rely on each day to build better products.”
Scott oversees Jama’s partner ecosystem and corporate development initiatives. Scott has a deep experience of driving strategic relationships, mergers and acquisitions, and geographic expansion. Entrepreneurial in nature, Scott’s energy, innovation and competitiveness help solve problems in complex, fast-moving environments. Fluent in German and Czech, Scott has grown his career across the world, from Portland to Prague, New York to Amsterdam, San Francisco to Tel Aviv at companies like ExactTarget, Salesforce, Monetate, WebTrends and more. Reach Scott on LinkedIn.
“Increasingly, great companies are defined by both their product development process as well as their internal process to deliver value to the customer. I want to ensure our customers have the data and insights they need to predict and continuously improve the performance of their processes and teams.”
Dave leads next generation data and analytics at Jama. His team is focused not only on mining the critical information that resides in Jama, but also integrating data from across the wider product development value stream. Prior to joining Jama, Dave was the CEO and founder of Portland-based Notion- acquired by Jama in 2018 – and the CTO and founder of CrowdCompass, acquired by Cvent. Dave brings over 18 years of experience in enterprise B2B software across a variety of verticals and high-growth startups. Reach Dave on LinkedIn.
“People spend most of their lives at work, and I cannot imagine a more fulfilling role than helping to make that experience both fun and meaningful. If my team succeeds at this mission, our employees will be energized to deliver unmatched innovation and must-have solutions for our customers. It’s a true win-win!”
Laura leads the people strategy that helps Jama consistently deliver on its strategic plans while also helping leadership deliver on the promise of a great work experience for all employees. In service to this mission she and her team focus on leadership alignment, hiring, rewarding and retaining diverse talent, developing exceptional managers and strong teams at Jama. Laura has over 20 years of experience in organization development and human resources. She most recently worked at Puppet, Inc. scaling that organization from 100 to 500. Prior to Puppet, Laura grew her expertise at Intel supporting their global product development, software and IT organizations, and also worked at Nike and Mentor Graphics. You can find Laura on LinkedIn.
“Product development is at a pivotal moment. There’s a paradigm shift happening in the complexity of what’s being built. As a company, Jama has the collective knowledge to lead “big idea” conversations that will fundamentally move the discipline forward.”
Laura is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies and operational plans that support accelerated growth. She takes a customer-centric approach and has vast experience in multi-dimensional, integrated marketing in the consumer electronics, telecommunications, and medical/healthcare industries. This makes her an asset in aligning with companies to digitally transform their systems and processes to be better equipped when creating the smart, connected products of the future. Prior to Jama, Laura spent more than 20 years leading teams in fast-paced, high-growth B2B and B2C organizations such as WebMD Health Services, Illumina, Qualcomm, Inc., Nokia (now Microsoft), Motorola (now Google), and Eli Lilly & Company. Reach Laura on LinkedIn.
Karan joined Jama’s board as a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, where he strategically invests in start-ups focused on product development, big data, SaaS, cloud computing and enterprise software. At Trinity, Karan led the investments in Act-On Software, ScaleArc, RJMetrics and Cloudability and works closely with portfolio companies ShopIgniter and Taulia. Prior to Trinity, Karan was a Senior Associate at Scale Venture Partners and a Strategic Sales Account Manager at Synopsys. Karan is an active member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley and a Charter Member of C100. He holds a master’s in management science from Stanford and a BA in electrical engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Tim is Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, and a board observer for Jama. At Madrona, Tim focuses on the software, infrastructure, and wireless sectors and is particularly interested in SaaS, cloud computing, next-generation enterprise data centers, and opportunities created by new mobile platforms. Tim also serves on the boards of buuteeq, Context Relevant, and Union Bay Networks and is a board observer for Apptio, ExtraHop Networks, Impinj, Jobaline, Skytap, Smartsheet, Tier3, and Z2. Prior to joining Madrona in 2006, Tim was a key member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group, where he shared responsibilities for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. While at Microsoft, Tim focused on enterprise software, security, and mobile and closed 14 transactions for over $850 million. He received his bachelor¹s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bruce has served on the Jama board since its inception. Since 2007, Bruce has served as the Chairman of the Board of Nanometrics, a publicly traded company in the semiconductor market, previously holding executive leadership positions as their CEO and Chief Strategy Officer. In addition to Jama and Nanometrics, Bruce has vast board experience, currently serving on the boards of Nor-Cal Products, Columbia Nutritionals and Phoseon, with past board service including Tylan-General, Sensys Instruments, Obsidian, NEXX Systems, Timbre Technologies, Accent Optical Technologies and Pivotal Systems. An active investor in the local startup community and an advisor to three venture funds, Bruce previously has held numerous corporate executive roles and successfully raised over $100m. Bruce holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Finance from Penn State University.
Drew joined Jama Software’s board as a member of the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF). In addition to OAF, Drew is an active investor and consultant to early stage companies, as well as former M&A advisor at Tripwire, Inc., an emerging leader in security software. Drew has extensive experience in venture capital investing, mergers and strategic consulting. He was with Intel for 12 years, most of it with Intel Capital, where he led investments in over 20 companies, supported M&A efforts and oversaw corporate development strategy for several divisions. Drew’s experience spans multiple industry sectors, from Internet software and services, to communication systems and components, to notebook subsystems such as batteries and displays. Prior to Intel, Drew was with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on corporate, marketing and sales strategy for a range of industrial clients. Drew holds an MBA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.
Chris Cook has spent more than 30 years in the software industry and brings to the Jama board a strong focus on operational execution, and a passion for disruptive technologies. He currently serves as President and CEO of Delphix, an application data management company, and he previously served as President and COO of New Relic. Prior to that position, Chris served as Corporate SVP and GM Service Assurance at CA, Inc. and as SVP, Worldwide Field Operations at Wily Technology, Inc. Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.