Executives

Brian Pierce

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pierce is a technology industry veteran who has led and repeatedly built rapidly scaling businesses through dynamic, hands-on management. An experienced software executive with more than 20 years of technical, sales and operational experience, Mr. Pierce has served as CEO of Rogue Wave since 2008. He leads the management team as the company continues to aggressively expand its product portfolio, revenue and market position, both organically and through acquisition.

Prior to Rogue Wave, Mr. Pierce served as a Senior Vice President at Infor Global Solutions where he had responsibility for five independently operating business units with over $75M in revenue. Mr. Pierce also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of TriSyn Group, an enterprise-class applications software company focused on the top 100 banks in the U.S. Mr. Pierce served as Senior Vice President of Customer Satisfaction and Support at TIBCO Software, Inc., where he implemented a world class global professional service and 24x7 support organization for a rapidly growing business. Mr. Pierce was Vice President of Field Operations at InConcert, Inc., a Xerox Technology Venture company acquired by TIBCO in 1999. Brian started his career at Xerox where he spent 10 years in various technical, sales and management positions.

Brian's passion is working with high performance teams to deliver maximum value for his customers, employees and stakeholders.

Zaid Haddad

Chief Financial Officer

Zaid Haddad is responsible for leading Rogue Wave’s finance and accounting functions. Zaid has 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and treasury for public and private companies, including international software companies. His experience includes software revenue recognition, SEC reporting, SOX 404, international accounting and treasury, implementation of financial systems, and M&A due diligence, accounting, and integration. Immediately prior to Rogue Wave, Zaid served as the Corporate Controller for Webroot Software, a venture-backed security software company. Earlier, he served in Controller, Chief Accounting Officer, and CFO roles for several public and private companies. Zaid is a CPA and CMA, and holds a BS in Finance and MS in Accounting, with a minor in Management, from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and an MBA in International Business from Regis University.

Rod Cope

Chief Technology Officer

Rod Cope drives Rogue Wave’s overall technology vision and heads the product management organization. Rod has over 20 years of experience in software development spanning a number of industries including telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare, and manufacturing. Rod was the founder and CTO of OpenLogic, a profitable venture-backed company, and joined Rogue Wave as CTO following the acquisition. Prior to OpenLogic, he provided technical leadership on significant projects for companies such as IBM, Anthem, and Ericsson. Rod holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Louisville.

Ted Smith

Vice President, Engineering

Ted Smith is responsible for leading the development organization for Rogue Wave. Ted has more than 30 years of experience in technology, product development and data center operations. Mr. Smith’s experience spans telecommunications, outsourcing, environmental sustainability, and enterprise application integration. Most recently Mr. Smith was Vice President of Product Development at IHS. Prior to that he held positions as Project Executive at IBM, business unit CIO at U S WEST, and Partner at BizTek Intl. Mr. Smith has a MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Denver, is a PMP, CSM, and a Certified TQM Instructor.

Christine Bottagaro

Vice President, Marketing

Christine Bottagaro leads the marketing organization at Rogue Wave, driving our messaging and positioning, go-to-market campaigns, and sales enablement. Christine has nearly 20 years of experience in developing marketing strategies and leading global growth for technology companies. Christine previously held senior marketing roles at Sybase, SAP, and Rally Software. In those organizations, she led comprehensive marketing initiatives for enterprise software spanning product marketing, corporate marketing, integrated go-to-market campaigns, customer reference programs, sales enablement, content direction, and building and managing high-performing teams. Ms. Bottagaro holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Scott Lasica

Vice President, Field Technical Services

Scott Lasica manages Rogue Wave Software's product management, marketing, professional services and worldwide technical sales organization. Scott joined Rogue Wave Software in 2001, bringing a broad range of experience in software technology and its use in vertical industries. Before joining Rogue Wave Software, Scott managed development teams for telecom conferencing and web collaboration applications. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer on data and visualization for the 4th generation programming language IDL, as well as applications for trajectory calculation, data visualization and analysis for several NASA funded interplanetary spacecraft missions. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Jordan Welu

Vice President, Corporate Development

Jordan Welu is responsible for Rogue Wave’s corporate development efforts, including acquisition strategy, deal sourcing, transaction negotiation and post-transaction integration. Prior to Rogue Wave, he served as Director of Finance for venture-backed security software vendor Webroot Software, focusing on corporate development, IPO preparation and financial planning. Previously, Jordan spent five years in technology investment banking, first in SG Cowen’s Technology M&A group and next as a Research Associate at First Albany Capital covering the enterprise application software sector. He graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in American Studies. Jordan joined Rogue Wave in 2007.