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Executive Biographies

Elizabeth Kolawa

Elizabeth Kolawa, CEO, has built a career managing major technical research programs for NASA. This includes 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. She currently co-leads the Instrument Electronics and Sensors section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. This position includes the management of the Micro-Devices Laboratory and twelve technical groups focused on the development of advanced instruments for NASA missions. Dr. Kolawa has in-depth knowledge and experience in managing large and diverse technical organizations. She has been an active member of the Parasoft Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 1987.

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 worked at the California Institute of Technology in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics as a research fellow and ultimately as a senior research fellow. In 1994, she joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, operated for NASA by the California Institute of Technology. She has held a variety of positions in program and project management for both JPL and NASA, as well as in the management of engineering line organizations. She is the author of 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.

Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola, Chief Strategy Officer, leads the development and execution of Parasoft’s long-term strategy. He leverages customer input and fosters partnerships with industry leaders to ensure that Parasoft solutions continuously evolve to support the ever-changing complexities of real-world business processes and systems. Ariola has contributed to the design of core Parasoft technologies and has been awarded several patents for his inventions.

A recognized leader on topics such as Service Virtualization, SOA and API quality, quality policy governance, and application security, Ariola is a frequent contributor to publications including Software Test & Performance, SOA World, and ebizQ—as well as a sought-after speaker at key industry events.

Ariola brings more than 20 years strategic consulting experience within the technology and software development industries. Prior to joining Parasoft, Ariola was Senior Director of Business Development for Fasturn, Inc., a company he helped to start. Previously, Ariola was a Principal Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was recognized as a leader in the Strategic Change practice. Ariola joined Parasoft in March of 2003. He has a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MBA from Indiana University.

Marek Kucharski

Marek Kucharski, President of Parasoft SA and VP of Development directs operations, sales and development at Parasoft Corporation's Polish subsidiary. Kucharski has been developing and managing software systems since he graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 1994. His professional experience includes building a wide range of software, from retail client server systems to cutting-edge development tools.

When Kucharski started at Parasoft, he worked directly on add-on tools for Insure++, Parasoft's long-time flagship product. As his career progressed, his responsibilities grew. In 2005, he became the president of Parasoft SA.

Mike deFisser

Mike deFisser, Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales, came to Parasoft to lead change and drive growth in the field operations. deFisser has more than 20 years’ experience in the high-tech industry, holding key senior leadership positions at Serena, VMware, Symantec, VERITAS, and Hewlett-Packard.

As Vice President of the Americas at Serena Software, deFisser was instrumental in transforming the company as they focused on advancing the business value of IT. As Vice President of the Western U.S. at VMware, deFisser was responsible for half of the U.S field operations pre-IPO. He developed and built out the original sales organization and was a key leader in VMware’s successful IPO, and instrumental to their success as a public company. As a Senior Director for Symantec/VERITAS, he drove profitable growth before and after the merger. Previously, deFisser was Vice President of World-Wide Sales for CoCreate, a Hewlett-Packard Subsidiary – and was one of the youngest Vice Presidents at HP. He led a successful employee buyout of CoCreate from Hewlett-Packard. Prior to CoCreate, deFisser held various sales leadership positions at HP, and was instrumental in establishing the initial HP software sales organization.

deFisser has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and held various engineer and sales rep positions at Hewlett-Packard and Hughes Aircraft.

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert, Vice President of Product Management and Support, 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 our 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.

Marek Pilch

Marek Pilch, VP for Asia-Pacific Region and General Manager of Parasoft Shanghai provides strategic management and operational oversight of the company's APAC region. Additionally, Pilch 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.

Adam Kolawa

Adam Kolawa, Parasoft co-founder was truly a pioneer and a champion of software quality and developer productivity. His legacy, Parasoft Corporation, is a stellar example of what software companies can achieve. In the face of software development outsourcing, changing development methodology trends, and competing computing platforms, Parasoft sustained an extraordinarily productive development organization. Parasoft not only capitalizes on Kolawa's vision of software development management and automated defect prevention, but also captures his proven methods so they can be shared and adopted across the industry.

In 1983, Kolawa came to the United States from Poland to obtain a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech, he worked with Geoffrey Fox and helped design and implement the Intel hypercube parallel computer. In 1987, he founded Parasoft with four friends from Caltech. Initially, the company focused on parallel processing technologies. Kolawa transitioned the company from a parallel processing system producer, to a software development tool producer, to a provider of software solutions and services that help organizations deliver better software faster.

Kolawa recently authored The Next Leap in Productivity: What Top Managers Really Need to Know About Information Technology (Wiley, 2009). Previously, Kolawa co-authored Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management (Wiley-IEEE, 2007) and Bulletproofing Web Applications (Wiley, 2001). He has also written or contributed to over a hundred articles in publications such as Forbes, CIO, Computerworld, and the Wall Street Journal.

He has been recognized by eWeek as one of the 100 Most Influential People in IT and by Ernst & Young as the Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year (Software category).

Kolawa was granted 20 patents for software technologies he invented, including runtime memory error detection technology (Patent 5,842,019 and 5,581,696 - granted in 1998), statically analyzing source code quality using rules (Patent 5,860,011 - granted in 1999), and automated unit test case generation technology (Patent 5,761,408 and 5,784,553 - granted in 1998).

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