Meet the Team

Our executive team is focused on helping customers ease the pain of software testing.

Elizabeth Kolawa
President and CEO

Elizabeth Kolawa leads the overall direction and operations of the company. Her in-depth knowledge and experience managing large, diverse technical organizations has proven invaluable as Parasoft continues to evolve its industry-leading automated software testing solutions. Dr. Kolawa brings over 25 years of experience managing major technical research programs for NASA and JPL—including the development of system-on-a-chip avionics, thermal cycling resistant electronics for the Mars rover embedded mobility system, advanced measurements and detection for planetary and astrophysics applications, as well as the space avionics and extreme environments technologies programs.

Dr. Kolawa came to the United States in 1984, after receiving her Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. She has authored over 140 technical papers and has been granted 11 patents. In addition, she has organized and chaired numerous workshops and sessions at major conferences throughout the world. In 2010, she was awarded the JPL Explorer Award for strategic leadership. She has been an active member of the Parasoft Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 1987.

Mark Lambert
VP of Products

Mark Lambert is responsible for ensuring that Parasoft solutions deliver real value to the organizations adopting them. His team helps customers optimize their software development processes by assessing their specific development needs, then determining how to apply Parasoft technologies, processes, and methodologies to achieve their goals. Lambert has been with Parasoft since 2004, working with a broad cross-section of Global 2000 customers. His engagements have extended from specific technology implementations to broader SDLC process improvement initiatives. Lambert has also been instrumental in designing solutions for numerous industry verticals, including safety critical, medical device, and complex component-based architectures.

Prior to joining Parasoft, Lambert supported cross industry implementations for Advanced Visual Systems, where he successfully applied his broad technical knowledge and understanding of business challenges to solve organizations' complex problems. Lambert earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science at Manchester University UK, and has been a speaker at numerous corporate and industry events such as JavaOne, Software Test & Performance, and StarEast.

Igor Kirilenko
VP of Development

Igor Kirilenko is responsible for technical strategy, architecture, and development of Parasoft products. Igor Kirilenko joined Parasoft at the beginning of 2013, and brings over 20 years of experience in leading engineering teams, with a specialization in establishing and promoting the best agile practices in software development environments. Igor oversees the rapid growth of multiple cutting-edge technologies and products delivered by Parasoft, including service virtualization, API testing, and development testing.

Igor also supervises QA processes and testing practices integrated into development teams, delivering frequent releases to customers without compromising their quality. Igor’s overall technical experience includes knowledge of Java, Microsoft, cloud-based and web technologies, and development of complex enterprise level applications with collaboration of multiple local and remote teams.

Arthur Hicken
Evangelist

Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over 20 years. He has worked on various projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and integration with legacy systems. Arthur has helped IT departments at Cisco, Vanguard, Motorola, and other major companies improve their software development practices. Arthur taught at the College of DuPage in Illinois, as well as developed and conducted numerous technical training courses at Parasoft. As an expert in his field, Arthur’s insights regarding website quality issues have appeared in Business 2.0, Internet Week, and CNET news.com.

John Edebol
VP of Sales, Americas

John Edebol provides strategic management and operational oversight of Parasoft’s Americas region. Edebol is focused on helping customers meet and exceed their goals and stay ahead of complex market trends, such as IoT and embedded development and testing. Additionally, Edebol is focused on strategic growth, market visibility, and streamlining operations.

Edebol has a strong history of delivering significant growth for IT organizations, such as Dell Inc and New Horizons, and prior to joining Parasoft, he led the North American Software Delivery and Test sales organization at Micro Focus, formerly Borland Software. Edebol received his MBA from Drake University and holds a Masters degree in Economics from JIBS Business SchoolJönköping, Sweden.

Dirk Giesen
VP of Sales, EMEA

Dirk Giesen leads the field teams, inside sales teams, and distributors across the EMEA region. Dirk’s teams target long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with Parasoft customers and help them produce top-quality software consistently and efficiently as they pursue agile, DevOps, compliance, and safety-critical development initiatives.

With a degree in Computer Science, Dirk’s extensive experience helping customers achieve success in high-tech, embedded, and business IT markets includes roles with Telelogic (acquired by IBM in 2006), Benelux and German distributor QA-Systems, and Benelux distributor Koning en Hartman. Dirk joined Parasoft in 2006.

Marek Pilch
VP of APAC, GM of Parasoft Shanghai

Marek Pilch provides strategic management and operational oversight of the company’s APAC region, and has been managing Parasoft’s Chinese branch in Shanghai since 2012. Pilch specializes in growing partnerships, streamlining operations, raising market visibility, and increasing profitability. After studying Civil Engineering at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow Poland, Pilch joined Parasoft in 1989 as owner and CEO of Parasoft Poland.

Upon moving to Parasoft US in 2002, Pilch was responsible for directing special projects, including business development, account retention, and global customer care. Pilch has over 25 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, and system engineering strategies.

Larry Johnsen
VP of Customer Success

Larry Johnsen is responsible for ensuring that Parasoft’s automated software testing solutions deliver real value to the enterprises adopting them. His team’s mission is to help customers achieve their goals for delivering software at an accelerated pace, higher quality, and reduced cost. Larry brings 30+ years in the software development and testing industry, including extensive experience as a lead software developer and software project manager.

Larry's business focus and commitment to ensuring customer success eventually led him to the technology sales and delivery side of the industry. His strength at nurturing relationships and truly understanding customer needs have been key to his success working with countless Global 2000 companies during his tenure at Rational Software, CA Technologies, and Parasoft.

Laurel Stewart
Director of Marketing

Laurel Stewart is responsible for corporate marketing strategy and brand at Parasoft. With over a decade of experience planning and implementing modern marketing tools and techniques, Laurel connects the company’s software testing innovations to the developers, testers, and development managers around the world who can use these technologies to drive success in their organizations.

Laurel came to Parasoft from GrammaTech, where she was responsible for planning, brand, digital marketing, and program execution around static analysis, autonomic computing, software hardening, and high-tech cybersecurity research. She graduated from the University of Rochester, where she studied English and Computer Science.

Erika Barron
Director of Public Relations

Erika Barron is responsible for press, influencers and analyst relations. With over 15 years of experience in software testing, Erika communicates Parasoft’s thought leadership in the software development community, leveraging relationships with press and social media influencers to champion best practices and innovations. She interfaces with industry analysts to both inform them about Parasoft’s latest developments as well as gather research on important industry trends.

Adam Sontag
VP of Finance

Adam Sontag is responsible for the global oversight and consolidation of Parasoft in the areas of accounting, tax, treasury, finance, and audits. Adam joined Parasoft in 2015 with experience leading accounting teams towards process improvement, accounting principles, strengthening internal controls, and mitigating credit/FX/audit risk, while acting as a business partner to Executives and VPs managing their regions.

Prior to Parasoft, Adam was responsible for a $1B budgetary process and business units comprising $300M in sales. He received his MBA from Arizona State University and is a board-recognized, active CPA in California. With a specialty is International Finance, Adam has helped several companies effectively scale their global expansion without sacrificing accountability, visibility, compliance, and efficiency, supporting entities in the UK, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, NL, Poland, Sweden, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and India.

Learn More About What We're So Passionate About

Our technologies automate software testing throughout the SDLC. They include:

Unit and Integration Testing

Security, Safety, and Compliance Analysis

API, Load, and Performance Testing

Test Environment Virtualization

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