Board of Directors

Nigel W. Stokes, Chairman

Nigel Stokes is a software entrepreneur and venture investor.

He was CEO and co-founder of DataMirror, a pure play real-time data integration company. Under his leadership, DataMirror was a Deloitte Fast 500 company, and he was recognized as Emerging Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young.   DataMirror was publicly listed for 12 years and completed a series of financings and strategic acquisitions. The company was sold to the Information Management division of IBM in September of 2007.

Nigel also co-founded, and was President of, Nidak.  Nidak ranked as the eleventh fastest growing company in Canada and was purchased by SHL Systemhouse.

As a venture investor, Mr. Stokes has co-funded a range of software and technology companies including DataMirror, Pointbase, Visible Decisions, DMTI, iPeak and Gedex. He currently manages a Private Equity fund focused on software enterprises and has served on the Board of private and public technology companies.

He holds an M.B.A. from the U of T, an M.A.Sc.(System Design Engineering), from Waterloo and a B.Sc. from Queen's University.

Simon Crosby, Board Member

Simon Crosby is an industry innovator/entrepreneur and authoritative thought leader.

Co-founder of Bromium, Simon was most recently CTO of Citrix's Data Center and Cloud Division.  He went to Citrix when the company acquired XenSource, of which he was founder and CTO. At Intel, Simon was a principal engineer leading strategic research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. As founder of CPlane Inc., a network optimization software vendor, he held a variety of executive roles. Prior to CPlane, Simon was a tenured faculty member at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he led research on network performance and control, and multimedia operating systems. He is author of over 35 research papers and patents on a number of datacenter and networking topics including security, network and server virtualization, resource optimization and performance.

Joseph Alsop, Board Member

Joseph Alsop has more than 30 years of experience in technology.

As CEO and co-founder of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a supplier of e-business application development, deployment, integration and management products, Joseph led Progress Software Corporation to a position as a recognized global software industry leader with over $500 million in annual revenue.

Joseph graduated from MIT with a BSEE degree and is currently investing in and working with companies in Massachusetts, applying information technology in various areas.

Greg O'Connor, President & CEO

Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, Greg O'Connor is responsible for translating AppZero' s vision into strategic business objectives and financial results. Greg has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue. At Sonic, Greg evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Greg earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Purdue University. Follow Greg O'Connor on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.


Management Team

Giovanni Boschi, CTO

As Chief Technology Officer, Giovanni Boschi is responsible for AppZero's product direction as well as for working with customers and partners to implement effective solutions. Giovanni is a veteran in the software industry with years of experience developing innovative products for application development and deployment. He comes to AppZero from BMC Software, where he served as Chief Architect for BladeLogic and the Data Center Automation product suite. There he helped drive the technical vision for the BladeLogic products into middleware automation, cloud lifecycle and virtualization management.  Previously, Giovanni was the lead architect for all products at Sonic Software. He has actively served on boards and expert groups of standards organizations such as W3C, OSGi Alliance, OASIS, and OMG. Giovanni studied Mathematics and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin and Boston University.

Adine Deford, CMO

Spearheading AppZero’s marketing initiatives, Adine Deford brings extensive experience in all aspects of high-tech marketing.  She’s served industry leaders, world class marketing agencies and technology start-ups.  Deford was VP/Management Supervisor at Ogilvy where she was responsible for the IBM Global Channel Marketing account. Previously, she held several marketing and corporate communications positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Most recently she headed-up global marketing at Exari. Deford holds a B.S. from Boston University’s College of Communications.