Meet the Team

Business Leadership Team

Zia Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Zia Rahman has a focus to lead the CirrusLabs team to be at the forefront of innovation in order to support our Clients as they undergo Digital and Business transformation with Cloud, IoT and Automation. Zia's goal is to maintain CirrusLabs reputation as a premier IT Solutions company to help our Clients innovate and achieve their business and IT needs. In addition, to continue pushing CirrusLabs to create value add cases using our products, solutions, and services for all our clients.

Naeem Hussain

Chief Operating Officer

Naeem Hussain is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at CirrusLabs where he oversees all delivery and growth activities across the firm to ensure the company executes in alignment with its strategic vision. He has more than 20 years of management and leadership experience in all facets of service delivery, business development, marketing, finance, sales and operational management. Prior to co-founding CirrusLabs, Naeem held leadership positions at ING DIRECT Bank as Head of Technology Services and at Capital One Bank as Head of Market Research. Naeem is a National Advisory Committee Emeritus Member at the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Naeem is a Scaled Agile Framework™ Program Consultant (SPC), a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and a Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) from the American Society of Quality. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, a Master’s degree in Telecommunication & Computers from George Washington University, a Certificate in AI Strategy from MIT and has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

John Moring

Chief of Staff

John L Moring III, Chief of Staff, is an international operations leader. An entrepreneur and successful leader of high performance cross-functional teams/processes in fast paced/strategic environments at the enterprise to field level. A polished multimedia speaker, and expert in the development of long-range strategic and risk management plans. Mr. Moring managed a $2.6B asset portfolio of programs and spearheaded numerous organizational start-ups, restructures, and closures internationally. He has extensive contracting experience serving the U.S. Government with numerous federal contracting firms. Mr. Moring is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and holds an MS is project management from Marymount University, an MBA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, and a BA in psychology for Purdue University.

 

Kjell Hegstad

Head of Innovation

Kjell is the head of innovation where he oversees all efforts around innovation, human centered design, digital factories and transformation. He conceptualized the digital transformation framework we use to educate clients about both the opportunities and challenges the transformation journey offer.  He was a co-founder of ING Direct USA and an executive at Capital One as head of mobile and emerging tech focused on shifting the culture from analog to digital while building a new mobile platform for 45 million customers. He has won awards from Apple, Wall Street Journal, Webby Award. He is a frequent keynote speaker around the Globe, a TED presenter and he has lived and worked on most continents. Kjell is a certified Digital Disruptor from Harvard, certified in AI Strategy from MIT and certified in human centered design from Stanford with an MBA from Thunderbird.  For fun Kjell loves to work on his custom chopper, cook and shoot sporting clays!

Santosh Jayaram

Head of Sales & Marketing

Santosh Jayaram is the Head of Sales & Marketing at CirrusLabs where he helps create strategies to drive revenue and profit for the company. He has held multiple senior-level executive positions in his career. Throughout his 25-year tenure working with technology companies, he has built a reputation for growing businesses through developing strategies & bringing these ideas to life. He has managed both private and government clients for enterprise services delivering enormous business value. With a strong background in sales, strategy, portfolio, enterprise architecture, product, budget/finance and policy, he has managed accounts such as Capital One, Freddie Mac, Deloitte, the Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Commerce and many other clients. He has immense experience in bringing technology products to life, from inception to implementation, and has served as the client interface for products. Santosh also has experience delivering many projects successfully in the realm of professional services. He has led and managed teams that have delivered software and services to customers who have consistently rated the experience as exceptional. He has specialized in the evaluation of B2B integration strategies. He has implemented the design and architecture of a single scalable and secure B2B integration gateway at Verizon.

Kashif Gilani

General Manager,
CirrusLabs North (Canada)

Kashif Gilani is the General Manager at CirrusLabs North, in Canada. He is responsible for delivery and growth within the Canadian market and beyond. Kash has more than 20 years of experience leading IT organizations locally, regionally, and internationally for several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining CirrusLabs, Kash led major transformation initiatives for organizations including Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Mondelez International, and Reckitt Benckiser. Within these companies, he drove growth through technology modernization as well as innovative data-related projects to bring new levels of insights to the business units. Throughout his career, Kash has successfully led and implemented strategies within the M&A space.

Keith Larson

Client Partner

Keith Larson is a Leader in the Commercial Sales Team. With over 20 years of industry experience, he offers solutions with thoughtful ideas to our clients. Keith Manages full-cycle programs and assures all projects exceed the expected deliverables. He is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University.

Mark Felix

Client Partner

Mark Felix is a Senior Client Partner at CirrusLabs. He is a results-oriented information technology executive and business strategy leader with over 25 years of multi-national experience in both S&P 400 and small businesses in the customer success, cloud services, and security industry. He enjoys applying his years of experience in developing innovative solutions to complex business challenges to help guide the business to the appropriate conclusions around cloud services and security.

Brandon Call

Head of Agility

As a veteran agilist and software/technology leader, I drive enterprise agile/digital transformations. My experience leading agile teams and leaders enables me to coach clients and leverage agile and lean practices to drive their success. I employ mentoring, training, coaching, and experiential inspection and adaptation to demonstrate agile practices succeeding with actual work, not just with theoretical scenarios. I enjoy helping others succeed and sharing my experience, knowledge, and skills with others as a natural change agent and problem solver. I thrive in environments where I can engage with others to facilitate adoption and maturity of increasingly agile and lean practices. This enables value-based measurable outcomes and ROI; and empowers my customers.

Johnny Gholson

Director, Agile Coaching

Johnny Gholson is the Director of Agile Coaching for Cirrus Labs.  He has senior-level business and IT experience, and competence in business strategy and execution.  Johnny is an expert in project plan development and process engineering utilizing MS Project/SharePoint, Jira, Clarity, CA Agile (Rally), Version One, Rational (RUP), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and Visio. He is also an expert in full software project management life cycle phases utilizing best of practice PMI methodologies, ITIL, Agile (Scrum, Kanban, and XP), DevOps, CI/CD and SDLC as well as corporate strategic planning processes. Bottom line - Johnny is a leader in his field with exceptional skills in sharing his expertise.

Claudia Alarcon

Manager, Agile Practice

Claudia Alarcon is a coach for Agile, a capability provided by Cirrus Labs. She has experience coaching teams and executives for large-scale Agile transformations. Claudia has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Royal Caribbean, Universal Studios Orlando, Ryder Systems, EMC, NextEra Energy, and Kaplan. She specializes in Agile cultural transformation, improving team dynamics, and effective change management to deliver results and improve team performance.

Charlie Brown

Manager, Agile Practice

Charlie Brown is a Sr Scrum Master, Consultant, and Agile Coach for CirrusLabs. As an Agile Coach, Charlie has certifications in SAFe SPC5, ICAgile ICP-ATF, & ICP-ACC. Charlie wants to help teams work faster and be better at responding to change whether they are remote/distributed or local. He has a strong background in working with people in different roles, &, as his namesake, is known for his illuminating sense of humor, bringing passion to even the most demotivated teams.

Shiboo Varughese

Head of Technology

Shiboo Varughese is the Head of Technology at CirrusLabs. He is a trusted advisor to multiple Chief Information Officers. Also he is part of Forbes technical panel as a technology advisor. He has led consulting practice in software engineering and Information management and managed large portfolios. He has built consulting models from the ground up and made the current company the fastest growing IT Services firm in the nation. To bring greater value to clients, he has played the roles of technologist, strategist, and implementation specialist. He is a seasoned technologist with certified expertise in Amazon Cloud, Google Cloud and Azure.

Jennifer Jordahl

Principal Consultant

Mauricio Meyer

Delivery Director

Mauricio Meyer is a Delivery Director at CirrusLabs. He has been a Senior IT management professional for 25 years, guiding growth through research, analysis, planning, and administration leading key projects for diverse organizations. He has delivered numerous IT transformational projects in the Human Resources sector, utilizing Design Thinking methodology. He has demonstrated expertise in Digital Transformation, Cloud, Project/Program Management, IT Operations, Technical Architecture and Strategic Roadmap Development, Risk, Crisis and Budget Management, in addition to coaching high performing teams.

Nauman Sheikh

Practice Lead - Emerging Tech

Nauman Sheikh is responsible for the Data and AI practice at CirrusLabs. He has delivered AI based projects across 3 continents since 2008 and he was an early adopter of AI in consumer credit, risk and marketing space within the financial sector. He wrote a book in 2013 on how to simplify AI projects delivery within large enterprises including sections on Governance and Tuning. His book is part of reference material at numerous academic institutions. He has also built a million device IoT solution that uses real-time data to make operational decisions using AI. Nauman started with large-scale Data Warehousing in his career in the late 90s and then started to embed AI into data warehousing to simplify implementations and is a big proponent of that approach to keep costs down. He has built and sold two start-ups to Private Equity in the last 8 years and both startups used data and AI to solve real-world problems.

Krish Subbiah

Head of Talent Acquisition

Krish Subbiah is the Head of Talent Acquisition at CirrusLabs with over 25 years of experience in recruiting & talent acquisition. Krish works with business leadership to identify strategic business needs, high-level requirements, potential solutions and business benefits and transitions them into TA goals. Krish has consulting experience across financial, retail, technology, and automotive industries. Results-oriented with proactive leadership qualities, Krish is a passionate businessman with exemplary people skills.

Ayub Syed

IOT Architect

Sasi Kumar

DevOps Engineer

Sasi Kumar is a Senior DevOps Engineer at CirrusLabs. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology and has 8+ years of IT experience. Proficient with container systems like Docker and container orchestration like EC2 Container Service, Kubernetes, worked with Terraform. He is constantly developing his skills towards DevOps and practicing them by working on the proof of concepts in various technologies. He is also a certified IBM WebSphere Message Broker Developer, an AWS Developer Associate, and a Jira developer. He has an acute knowledge of developing Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery Pipelines(CI/CD) using multiple clouds like AWS and Azure.

Dee Chhabra

Senior Consultant

Amit Jain

Head of Finance & Operations

Becky Kocak

Immigration & Engagement Manager

Becky Kocak is the Immigration and Engagement Manager at CirrusLabs. Born Romanian & immigrating to the USA as a refugee, she works on all forms of visa sponsorship for our employees, including helping them obtain permanent residency. Ms. Kocak also handles employee engagements and events. Before joining CirrusLabs, she worked with different immigration law firms and has been working in the immigration realm for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University.

Thomas Eapen

Finance Manager

William Nieusma

Federal Business Development Manager

William Nieusma is a Federal Business Development Manager at CirrusLabs. Bill, is a strategic business leader with advanced technology skills.  His corporate development and large-scale program management capabilities have supported government agencies, emerging technology firms, and leading international aerospace and defense contractors. He is leading the growth and business development of ATB’s Federal business, generating meetings with senior Federal technical and business leaders to strategize on how ATB can accelerate its mission and business outcomes. He previously served as VP/GM of the Maritime and Security Solutions Division of DRS Technical Services, Deputy Director of Research and Chief of Government Relations for the Federal Commission on Air Force force structure, served as VP/Government Strategy at blockchain startups Bloq and Dunvegan Space Systems, Lead Account Partner at IBM Global Business Services, and consultant for the Coast Guard and Navy. He was awarded an MBA from Ross Business School, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he also earned his bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. Additionally, he holds an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer and master's degrees from the Naval Post Graduate School and is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). Bill is also a former Navy test pilot and NATO Intelligence officer with fleet, systems acquisition, and diplomatic tours, Bill also served as Senior Military Assistant for the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs for the Navy Personnel Command, and Operations Officer for HSL-48.

Nikki Turane

HR Manager

Nikki Turane is the HR Manager who develops strategies aimed at maintaining a healthy workplace culture including programs and initiatives related to employee communications, engagement and relations across the organization’s programs and offices. Nikki advises the leadership team on a full range of people management and provides active, intentional leadership that drives effective employee communications. She has 15 years of experience in sales and service, training and development, and is passionate about human resources. Prior to coming CirrusLabs, Nikki was an acting HR Manager & Sr Benefits Specialist for Sevatec, where she worked for 9 years. Nikki attended Strayer University where she studied Computer Information Systems, is a Society for Human Resources Management Member, and received her SHRM-CP Certification in 2017.

Ken Fritz

VP of Solutions Delivery

Ken leads solution delivery across a variety of clients and is also a major contributor to pre-sales solutions and client engagement. Combining a background of technical expertise with deep Agile coaching experience, Ken works with our clients to deliver solutions that best meet the needs and desires of our clients, with a high level of quality. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, as an engineer, architect, coach, and lead. Prior to joining CirrusLabs, Ken provided technical and methodology coaching across numerous industries including Defense, Retail, Logistics, Finance, and Healthcare. 

CirrusLabs India Leadership Team

Venkatrajan S.

General Manager - India

Syed Abdul Hasan Ali

Senior Manager - SCM

Kaushik Dey

Regional VP of Sales

Lalit Mohan

Director, Talent Acquisition

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