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.

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.

Rick Nelson

Manager, Pre-Sales

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.

Mary Jane Shutte

VP, Corporate Sales

Mary Jane (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.

Chris Stetson

Chief Architect & Senior Director of Microservices Engineering

Chris Stetson is Chief Architect and Senior Director of Microservices Engineering. His passion is leading an engineering organization to build great applications. Chris oversees the development of NGINX’s microservice applications and reference architecture and also leads the NGINX professional services team to help customers migrate applications and implement microservices effectively. Prior to joining NGINX he developed and architected applications for twenty years, including the first versions of Sirius Satellite Radio,,,, and He has built large monolithic systems, service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications, and most recently microservice-based systems.

Board of Directors

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

Greg Papadopoulos

Technical Advisory Committee