NGINX Leadership

Management Team

Gus Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Gus Robertson serves as Chief Executive Officer of NGINX and is a seasoned leader in the technology industry, including companies such as Microsoft, Visio, Lexmark, and Red Hat. Gus has a proven track record of building successful commercial offerings, strengthening open source communities, and driving customer loyalty.

Igor Sysoev

CTO and Co-Founder

Igor Sysoev’s passion for solving the C10K problem led him to become the author of NGINX, which was initially released in 2004. NGINX’s popularity and use became so widespread that Igor co-founded NGINX, Inc. in 2011. He has 15 years of experience in deeply technical roles and is currently the Chief Technology Officer.

Maxim Konovalov

VP, Engineering and Co-Founder

Maxim Konovalov co-founded NGINX, Inc. in 2011 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering. He brings 20 years of extensive leadership experience in software development, IT infrastructure, corporate information systems, and open source product and project management.

Mark Elchinoff

Chief Financial Officer

Mark brings over 30 years of financial and operational expertise as Chief Financial Officer of NGINX, Inc. Mark’s extensive leadership experience includes holding the position of Chief Financial Officer at technology companies including Mercadao Software,, and nCircle Network Security.

Rob Whiteley

Chief Marketing Officer

Rob Whiteley serves as Chief Marketing Officer of NGINX. He has led marketing, product, and analyst teams for companies like Hedvig, Riverbed, and Forrester. Rob uses his experience working with enterprise IT and DevOps customers to deliver thought leadership and drive demand for modern IT infrastructure solutions.

MJ Shutte

VP, Sales

MJ Shutte is the Vice President of Corporate Sales and has been named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professionals by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals for five consecutive years in a row. MJ has a proven background in successfully building and growing start-up sales organizations.

Sidney Rabsatt

VP, Product Management

Sidney Rabsatt is Vice President of Product Management at NGINX responsible for leading product strategy. Sidney is an experienced leader with a proven track record of building winning Enterprise products across a variety of markets. Sidney has also held leadership roles at Riverbed Technology and Packeteer and technical roles at Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Eric Douglas

VP, Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Eric brings more than 20 years experience building SaaS and enterprise applications, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Eric has a proven track record of understanding customer needs and leading teams that rapidly deliver high-quality products to market.

Rick Nelson

Head of Sales Engineering

Rick Nelson is the Manager of Pre-Sales, with over 30 years of experience in technical and leadership roles at a variety of technology companies, including Riverbed Technology. From virtualization to load balancing to accelerating application delivery, Rick brings deep technical expertise and a proven approach to maximizing customer success.

Paul Oh

Head of Business Development

Paul Oh is Head of Business Development at NGINX, Inc. and has a keen eye for new business opportunities. Paul’s career includes extensive experience in leading technology alliance programs and revenue driven partnerships at companies such as Sun Microsystems, SugarCRM, and Canonical.

Ian Knight

Head of Americas

Ian Knight serves as Head of Americas and is a customer-focused executive with more than 25 years experience scaling enterprise sales organizations and driving open source adoption and commercialization. Knight’s prior experience includes a decade long tenure at open source pioneer Red Hat, cloud computing pioneer Salesforce, and a number of successful start-ups.

Ronan Kirby

Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Ronan Kirby is Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at NGINX and has been working with open source, in both senior technical and commercial leadership roles, for over 20 years. In addition to working with Red Hat for over 10 years, Ronan has been in senior leadership and board roles with many high-growth technology companies across Europe and Asia, including as a Senior Industry Adviser for the EBRD Sector for the European Bank.

Norbert Kiss

Head of Asia Pacific

As the Head of Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, Norbert has extensive executive experience and a deep understanding of growing companies in the Asia Pacific region. Norbert has held leadership positions at KEMP, Astaro, WatchGuard, Oracle and Lexmark. He has extensive experience of initiating and sustaining growth and has managed a number of regional start ups in Asia Pacific.

Owen Garrett

Head of Products

Owen Garrett leads the product and go-to-market strategy for NGINX’s web acceleration and delivery technologies. Owen has over 15 years of experience in software engineering and product leadership at companies such as Riverbed. Today, Owen uses his technical and management expertise to optimize NGINX products and customer satisfaction.

Board of Directors

David Campbell

Board Member

Dmitry Chikhachev

Board Member

Thomas Gieselmann

Board Member

Tom Hull

Board Member

Maxim Konovalov

VP, Engineering and Co-Founder

Gus Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Pete Sonsini

Board Member


Scott McNealy

Business Advisor

Alex Pinchev

Business Advisor

Greg Papadopoulos

Technical Advisory Committee


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