ForgeRock Leadership Team

ForgeRock leadership is made up of open source icons and innovators with significant experience in the software industry. Each brings unique talents to a team that’s passionate about growing the company through customer success.

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Chairman & CEO

With more than 30 years of experience in the software and technology industries, Mike has held senior executive roles at SAP, i2 Technologies, Oracle, and Apple. He has also provided consulting expertise to some of the largest software firms and venture-funded startups to define and drive new growth and execution opportunities. Mike is a musician and loves the blues and the arts.
Tom Ammirati

Tom Ammirati

SVP Americas

Tom Ammirati is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of technology sales & sales leadership experience. Previously, Tom has held senior and executive leadership positions at Veritas, Symantec, Success Factors and CipherCloud. His passion for customer success and for building high performance sales organizations at scale, have been distinguishing characteristics of his leadership career. Tom holds a BA from Clark University in International Relations, and is an active member of Animal and Human Rights charities around the world.
Jamie Nelson

Jamie Nelson

SVP Global Engineering

Jamie has 20+ years building high-performance enterprise software, focusing on identity and access management for 10. Previously, he was the Director of Engineering at Sun, where he led access management, federation, and web services. There, his team created the product and community around the single sign-on project, OpenSSO. He also held management and engineering positions in enterprise portal software, user management, and network management.
Robert Humphrey

Robert Humphrey

Chief Marketing Officer

Robert has 30+ years of sales and marketing leadership experience. Before joining ForgeRock, Robert served as senior vice president of global field and channel marketing at CA Technologies. He served as CMO of ITKO, Inc prior to its acquisition by CA. He also held sales and marketing roles at companies including i2 Technologies, McAfee, and Unisys. Robert recently became a grandfather and loves every minute. He also golfs, but takes too long so doesn’t like to talk about it.
Jeff Scheel

Jeff Scheel

SVP Global Business & Corporate Development

Jeff has 30+ years of experience in sales, product marketing, and business/corporate development. He has held similar leadership roles at Ionic Security, Symantec, Mandiant/FireEye, ArcSight/HP, PassMark Security and Siebel Systems. He is passionate about building leveraged business models at scale with partners. Jeff has a BA in History from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time, he plays rhythm guitar and sings in a rock band that raises money for Palo Alto schools and Bay Area charities.

Favorite Song: Old Man by Neil Young
Steve Ferris

Steve Ferris

SVP Global Customer Success

Steve has spent over a decade providing consulting, training, and support to many of Sun’s key accounts and evangelizing the open source and open standard story. His professionalism and dedication to outstanding customer service are what makes ForgeRock the industry leader in customer support. An ardent computer scientist, he can often be found sitting at his laptop with his two labradors, Peach and Pelham, and his springer spaniel, Porter.
Katie Carter

Katie Carter

Sr. Director, Global Human Resources

Katie has extensive human resources experience at leading software companies. Prior to joining ForgeRock, she held several positions at Deem supporting the people behind the technology and building a human-centric HR organization. Katie also worked at Google on the recruitment team during a period of accelerated growth. She has a BS in Business Administration from the Eberhart School of Business at the University of Pacific, and holds several HR designations, including the SHRM-SCP, PHR, and GPHR. On the weekends, Katie is often found at the stable perfecting the art of keeping a horse between her and the ground. 

When it comes to music, Katie's all over the map!  Her favorite tends to depend on her mood at the moment you ask, or just that one song she can’t name and can't get out of her head. Here are a few of her favorites:

Daft Punk by Pentatonix,  Diablo Rojo by Rodrigo y Gabriela,  Move (Keep Walkin’) by Toby Mac

 
John Fernandez

John Fernandez

CFO & EVP Global Operations

John has 20+ years leading finance organizations. He has spent his career working with high-growth software companies; ranging in size from start-ups to large public companies. John has overseen FP&A, Accounting, Legal, HR, Recruiting, Sales Operations, Facilities, and IT functions. He has done extensive work in the area of capital raising, both debt and equity, and has successfully completed and integrated multiple transactions in software M&A. His prior employers include Rearden Commerce, Siebel Systems, and UBS Financial Services. John has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Berkeley, Haas School of Business. John is an avid skier, loves travel and is working on his golf game. Like most other things at ForgeRock, John had to sign off on this paragraph. 

Neil Chapman

Neil Chapman

EVP Industries

Neil has been selling enterprise technology solutions globally for nearly 20 years. He’s worked with financial giants like Enron and Credit Suisse and led sales and business development at a variety of enterprise solution vendors. A veteran of several startups and mid-stage growth tech companies, Neil brings an entrepreneurial, commercial-driven focus to ForgeRock. He is passionate about open source, good science, mountains, and the written word.
Lasse Andresen

Lasse Andresen

Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder

A powerhouse of tireless can-do enthusiasm, Lasse brings a blend of business, technical, and people skills. His 20+ years of experience in the software industry includes leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems and Texas Instruments. He was also the co-founder and CTO of Gravityrock. Lasse tends to be in a good mood regardless of the time of day, and he believes that everything is possible, the impossible just takes more time. How’s that for inspiration! When you see a ball of energy wearing converse and a ForgeRock t-shirt, you know it’s Lasse. Did we mention he also used to play the keyboard in a band? Favorite song: Best of You, Foo Fighters
Aaron Haggarty

Aaron Haggarty

Chief Legal Officer

Aaron brings 15+ years of global legal and operations experience in growing tech companies to ForgeRock. Most recently, he was the Deputy General Counsel, Commercial, for Ruckus Wireless and has previously held executive legal, human resource, and sales operations roles with Computer Associates, Nimsoft, and SupportSoft. He received a juris doctor from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor of arts in integral studies from St. Mary’s College of California.
Hermann Wimmer

Hermann Wimmer

SVP International

Over the last 20 years, Hermann has held various international roles at Teradata, most recently serving as co-president. Prior to joining ForgeRock, Hermann held management roles at NCR, and the French technology company, Bull. Hermann holds a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim, in Germany. In the winter, he enjoying skiing, and fills his summers with sailing, hiking, and biking with his wife, two sons, and friends. Don’t try to outlast Hermann at a party—he’s always the last to leave!

Favorite song: Angie, The Rolling Stones
Steve White

Steve White

VP Chief Security Officer

With over 20 years of technology leadership experience across a variety of industries, Steve brings a uniquely business-focused approach to his role as ForgeRock’s Chief Security Officer. He has held positions in security-related leadership roles at companies including Sonos, CenturyLink, Amazon, and Microsoft. His prior positions, coupled with 17 years leading cyber defense teams for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve have given him the vision needed to make security a key lever for the future. Steve has a master’s degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. When not working, you’re likely to find him snorkeling or just relaxing on a warm sandy beach somewhere in the world.

Favorite artist: Rich Mullins
Daniel Raskin

Daniel Raskin

SVP Product Management

Daniel has more than 15 years of experience building brands and driving product leadership. Prior to joining ForgeRock, he served as Chief Identity Strategist at Sun Microsystems. He has also held leadership positions at McGraw-Hill, NComputing, Barnes & Noble, and Agari. He holds a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University.