Larry Warnock - President and CEO
Larry Warnock is responsible for Gazzang's leadership, operations and strategic direction. He brings more than 27 years of operational expertise working with startups and established technology companies to his role at Gazzang, particularly in the enterprise software, security and data center tools markets.
Larry is the former president and CEO of Phurnace Software which was acquired by BMC Software in 2009. Before joining Phurnace, Larry was the chief marketing officer at Vignette. He was also a venture partner at AV Labs (the company incubator for Austin Ventures). Before joining AV Labs, Larry served as vice president of marketing at OnLink Technologies (acquired by Siebel Systems). He also served as vice president at Documentum from startup phase to successful IPO to its position as a market leader (Documentum was later acquired by EMC). Larry earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing from Texas A&M University.
Eddie Garcia - VP of Information Security & Services
Eddie Garcia leads the company's customer-facing technical resources including the pre-sales technical team, implementation and deployment engineers, security architects, customer support and the DevOps infrastructure used by Gazzang and our customers. Prior to this role, Eddie was Gazzang's VP of Engineering responsible for software development and Quality Assurance. He was also the chief architect of the Gazzang zNcrypt product platform. He has more than 18 years of experience in both building and delivering commercial software products and in-house IT solutions.
Prior to Gazzang, at AMD, Eddie was responsible for creating tools that gave AMD's distribution and OEM partners the ability to securely collaborate. He was also the architect of the company's social network blogging platform and roadmap for secure cloud-based delivery. Eddie led the web security group at Pentasafe, authoring new products and tools for application security, and was also the senior architect at Perficient for key and strategic customer accounts. Eddie holds an engineering degree in computer science from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Patti Soch - Chief Financial Officer
Patti Soch is responsible for finance, operations and human resources at Gazzang. She provides strategic guidance in the financing of our expansion as well as guides the execution of all accounting, contracting, facilities and HR functions. During her career, Patti has been directly involved in venture fund raising, complex global financial reporting, company acquisitions, overseas expansions, and managing supplier relationships.
Patti was most recently VP of Finance and Operations of Phurnace Software, Inc. Phurnace was acquired by BMC Software in December 2009. Over the last 25 years, she has held financial leadership positions in a full range of software product and services companies including System Fabric Works, VIEO, UniSQL and Uniplex. Patti has a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and attended SMU's Executive MBA program.
Sam Heywood - VP of Marketing
Sam Heywood is responsible for driving Gazzang's global product innovation and delivery, corporate marketing and demand generation programs. He is a seasoned product and marketing executive with leadership experience at several notable technology startups and is well versed in systems management, online CRM platforms, consumer eCommerce and security technologies.
Prior to Gazzang Sam was Senior Director of Products at uShip, leading the company's expansion from a single product in a single market to multiple product lines spanning the consumer retail and commercial freight markets. Sam also held Product and Marketing Management roles at Convio and drove development of a new business line based upon the Force.com platform-as-a-service. He has also held Product Development roles at Tivoli. Sam holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also received his bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences.
Alexander Bibighaus - VP of Engineering
Alexander Bibighaus leads the engineering and development team at Gazzang and is responsible for software development and quality assurance. He brings more than 15 years of experience in enterprise software, mobile, SaaS and cloud application development.
Prior to Gazzang, Alexander served as the director of product development at BMC Software, where he drove DevOps product direction and managed a global team of more than 60 people. He came to BMC via the acquisition of Phurnace Software, where he was vice president of development and chief architect. He was also co-founder and CTO of Zosh, an iPhone software company acquired by YouSendIt, and held several software development roles at Motive and IBM. Alexander holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.