Meet the Stytch Team

Mark Cunningham

Founder & CEO

Mark began his career in 1992, when his family company began building the world’s first Windows-based reporting tool Crystal Reports. With more than 20 years’ experience in the business intelligence (BI) industry, Mark has been on the founding team of four successful BI startups in Vancouver. In his spare time, Mark plays guitar, kitesurfs, cycles and flies planes.

Luke Evans

Chief Technology Officer

For over 20 years, Luke has been one of the leading architects in the business intelligence industry. Luke began his career at UK-based Holistic Systems, pioneering multidimensional modelling and reporting. Following the company’s acquisition by Seagate Software, Luke relocated to Vancouver and continued to lead the technology roadmap as the company became Crystal Decisions, then Business Objects and eventually SAP/Business Objects. Luke provides technical leadership at Stytch, heading up Engineering, QA and Operations. He remains hands-on with architecture and project planning and even writes code on occasion!

“It's great to be part of an environment where people are accountable and take a lot of pride in their work. This type of attitude makes Stytch an awesome place to work and really helps to develop a culture of excellence.”

Matt Wong, Senior Partner Campaign Manager

Craig Todd

VP Customer Success

Craig is passionate about making our customers wildly successful. With over 20 years’ experience, including roles such as Head of PreSales for the OEM Division at Crystal, and WorldWide Director of PreSales at 90 Degree Software, Craig is a veteran of the industry. He loves skiing, camping, swimming and buying donuts for the office… we don’t call him Chief Happiness Monitor for nothing!

Graham Ross

VP Product Management

Graham is a fierce customer advocate who combines over 15 years of leadership experience in technology with 10 years of manufacturing expertise in roles ranging from Operations Manager to Plant Manager to Software Engineer. He speaks fluent French, loves to sail, and when not at work, is usually found on the slopes at Whistler—skiing in winter and biking in summer.

Elizabeth Steward

VP Marketing

With more than 10 years' experience working at technology companies in both London and Vancouver, our VP of Marketing is a staunch cloud tech evangelist and self-confessed startup junkie. Former Director of Marketing at analytics company Indicee—later acquired by Dun & Bradstreet—Liz is passionate about creating data-driven businesses. She also loves the great Canadian wilderness and is at her happiest when on top of a mountain (with or without skis) or hiking in the middle of nowhere.

“The team here is like family to me. We look out for each other, support each other and wholeheartedly celebrate each other's achievements. That's rare to find in a workplace.”

Elizabeth Steward, VP Marketing

Brad Brooks

Director of Sales

Brad loves to find and solve big business problems. Whether it’s helping a CEO to understand how to drive value from their procurement process or coaching a Product Manager on how to improve pricing strategy, Brad combines common sense, research and a passion for fact-based decisions. Over his career, Brad has worked on projects for companies in many different industries, ranging from restaurant chains to hospitals, from startups to pharmaceutical giants such as Glaxo Smith Kline. He credits both being widely read and the constant development of strong lateral thinking skills to give him the mental agility to discover solutions in such varied environments.

Simona Hera

Lead Quality Assurance Engineer

Having spent more than 15 years in quality assurance roles, Simona brings a wealth of experience in agile development practices to the team. Her journey to Stytch began in 1999 when she landed a QA job at NCompass Labs, a company later acquired by Microsoft. She then joined Axonwave, a startup that specialized in natural language processing before joining yet another startup called Actenum. She joined Indicee in 2010—which became the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center in 2014—and now leads the QA team at Stytch.

Neelesh Jain

Senior Software Engineer

Neelesh started his career in 1997 and has worked in India, USA, Canada and Mexico; in both the networking and banking industry. He is currently team lead for the Applications team and brings lots of agile development experience to Stytch. Neelesh enjoys travelling and has been to all 7 continents. When not working, he can usually be found planning his next big trip, especially if there is a World Cup going on somewhere. His future adventures may include the North Pole.

John Keinanen

Senior Software Architect

John brings over 20 years of experience working with the latest web technologies to his role as leader of the Core Tools team. These tools address a range of customer needs, from modeling business data to designing data visualizations and building dashboards. John has been a founding developer and technical lead at two startups as well as an SDE at Microsoft in Redmond. Outside of work, John has a diverse set of interests including cinema, physical fitness and menswear.

Magnus Byne

Senior Software Architect

Magnus has a PhD in computer science and has worked in a wide variety of different technical roles throughout his career. His work experience includes analyzing peoples’ golf swings to help them improve their game, recognizing human gestures to control computer interfaces, and natural language processing to extract meaning from unstructured data. Like many of the Stytch team, Magnus also worked in R&D at Business Objects/SAP before joining Indicee, and later, Dun & Bradstreet. As our Platform development team lead, Magnus oversees the design and implementation of the server-side code that supports our platform’s UI and manages the customer data store and reporting engine.

Richard Webster

Senior Software Architect

Richard’s career began in the mid-1990s when he joined the QA team at Crystal Reports. Moving through various development leadership and architect roles (as well as working on some special research projects along the way), he now has more than 20 years' experience building reporting and analytics products. Today, Richard leads our Engine team.

Leanne Zhang

Software Engineer

Leanne graduated from SFU in 2012. Before joining Stytch, she worked as a Salesforce developer at a consulting firm, and then as a front-end engineer at the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center. Leanne is deeply passionate about building beautiful web applications that deliver an amazing user experience. At Stytch, Leanne is part of the Applications team. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting and hiking.

Matt Wong

Senior Partner Marketing Campaign Manager

Matt is an experienced marketing professional with over 8 years of product and partner marketing experience in the technology industry. Over his career, Matt has worked at some of the biggest brands in Vancouver, including Electronic Arts and Hootsuite. Before joining Stytch, Matt was responsible for developing the Hootsuite Ecosystem of 150+ partners and integrations. Matt has a passion for new technology and gadgets, music, professional sports (fantasy sports included) and social media.

Oleg Titov

Software Engineer

Oleg is part of our Applications development team. He has been developing software for over 9 years in a variety of frameworks and languages. Outside of work, Oleg loves to be outdoors—hiking, skiing, camping, fishing—as well as travelling and riding his motorcycle.

Amir Hedayaty

Software Engineer

Amir started his professional life with part-time jobs at Procom Technology and Lian Systems while doing his Masters in Iran. Later, after studying in Canada, he worked at Fortinet, Amazon and Dun & Bradstreet. His hobbies include playing football (soccer) and hiking. He is a fan of classical music from Iran and Azerbaijan. He also likes hacking pieces of software—anything from hardware drivers to phones.

Matt Holland

Senior Software Engineer

Matt moved to Vancouver from the UK in 2010 intending to stay for a year, but never left. Over the past 15 years, he has written software for a diverse range of companies, including a giant telecommunications provider, a travel website, an investment bank, and now as a member of the Core Tools team at Stytch. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places as well as snowboarding, cycling and golf. Matt also volunteers at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Kristian Van der Hoek

Lead Performance Engineer

With over 14 years' experience in performance testing and performance engineering, Kristian is a passionate advocate for the responsiveness and scalability of large enterprise-level web applications. Kristian learned the fundamentals of performance while working at Microsoft and followed that up by taking ownership of performance engineering at Move Inc. At Move, he built a performance engineering team from the ground up while owning performance for dozens of SaaS products including realtor.com, one of the world's leading real estate search engines. When he’s not making sites run blazingly fast, you can find him keeping fit and active by exploring the backcountry around Vancouver.

Kumar Paladugu

Software Engineer in Test

Kumar is our QA automation Engineer. He specializes in automation for the Stytch team. He has a diverse skill set and is an expert in a variety technologies like Selenium and other automating tools. Before joining Stytch, he worked for Dun & Bradstreet. Kumar is originally from India but has settled in Canada happily. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with friends and trying to explore new adventurous places. 

Arefe Dalvandi

Software Engineer

With a Masters in Interactive Arts and Technology, Arefe is a software engineer with a passion for UX design. She has over 5 years of experience in front-end design and development at SAP, Syscon Justice Systems and Dun & Bradstreet, and is currently working as a UX Designer in our Applications team. Arefe's special skills include having ‘1 degree of separation’ from everyone in the local tech community.

Jesse Chahal

Software Engineer

As a software engineer on our Platform team, Jesse spends most of his time writing server-side code. Like a lot of his colleagues, Jesse has spent time at SAP and was lucky enough to work with one of the first agile-based teams in the company. He has also worked as a Software Engineer for Canada Border Services Agency designing J2EE web applications. When he isn't working, he is either snowboarding on the local mountains or working on personal software projects.

“I love having the opportunity to work with the latest and best technologies—and the trust that's placed in us to make important decisions.”

Matt Holland, Senior Software Engineer

Zhiyu Dai

Software Engineer

Zhiyu is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and a proud member of the Platform team. Besides technology, he enjoys playing badminton, swimming and hiking. Sometimes you can even find Zhiyu playing guitar or dancing hip-hop—neither of which is very good at, although he firmly believes that success at such endeavors are all about the effort you put in!

Kevin Chen

Senior Software Engineer

Kevin specializes in server-side development. Kevin has worked in Australia, the US, and Toronto before moving to Vancouver. He has worked on large scale Internet systems and international financial applications since the early Internet boom days. Outside of work, Kevin can be found playing squash, practising yoga, and enjoying the outdoor BC lifestyle. He yearns for good Mexican food in Vancouver.

Chris Howard

Project Manager

Eight or nine years into his career as a software developer at Nortel, MDSI, and UBC, Chris came to the realization that while he was a pretty good developer, he really liked bridging the gap between customers and the development team. So for most of the last 10 years he’s worked as a Project Manager for UBC, Amazon, Dun & Bradstreet and now Stytch, exclusively on software development projects. He feels strongly that truly agile development is better than the alternatives and makes for much better products. Also, having once worked as a banker he hopes he never has to wear a tie again (sorry, Tie Friday).

Taylor Frost

Cloud Operations Engineer

Tay is a self-taught Ops specialist who joined our Cloud Operations team in 2016. Before coming to Stytch, she kept busy launching and maintaining AAA games for Activision, including Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. She is an enthusiastic Pythonista and supporter of Ladies Learning Code. When she's not in the office, Tay can often be found flying spaceships.

Anshul Malpani

Software Engineer

Anshul is passionate about building innovative software and has worked in many technologies and languages over the years. He is self-motivated, loves working in small, driven teams and is a strong proponent of open-source software and test-driven development. Always interested in working with new technologies, Anshul has more than ten years of experience in software management, development, architecture and design. He has expertise in conceptualizing, designing and coding solutions using Java/J2EE technology stacks.

Boyuan Zhang

Software Engineer

Boyuan is a software developer with professional experience in distributed, scalable systems, and an avid problem solver. Boyuan previously worked in Toronto before he moved to Vancouver to join the Stytch team. Boyuan's interests include tinkering with the very latest technologies and building quality software.

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