LeadershipMeet our executives
founder, president, and ceo
Fima Katz serves as the founder, president, and CEO of Exadel, Inc. He founded the company in 1998 with a vision of fundamentally improving the way companies use innovative technology to develop mission-critical business applications. This contemporary vision proved to be successful as Exadel’s business grows by at least 30% annually.
Through his leadership, Exadel has been a forerunner in the enterprise open source solutions market and a pioneer in utilizing component-based architecture and open source approaches. Exadel has facilitated the success of its clients by radically reducing corporate costs and development time. Most recently, Fima has guided Exadel into a leading position in mobile applications, data storage, and cloud technology through the cloud-based mobile platform, Appery.io, created by Exadel.
Fima has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. He has held managerial and technical positions with major financial service companies, including Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, and Concorde Solutions Inc., where he served as the Chief Architect of Internet Systems. In addition, he founded three other successful companies. His technical expertise includes the design of complex, mission-critical distributed object (CORBA/DCOM) systems and the integration of legacy enterprise systems into business services. Fima is a recognized authority and speaker on distributed object architectures, open source, JAVA, XML, and DOA technologies and has co-authored The Essential Guide to Object Monitors (Wiley, 1999).
chief strategy officer
Lisa Calkins has been the Chief Strategy Officer of Exadel, Inc. since October 31, 2016. She co-founded Amadeus Consulting Group, Inc. in 1994 and served as the Chief Executive Officer. Lisa brought with her 7 years of experience as a senior project manager at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, where she led an elite group of software architects to tackle major clients and their complex and challenging projects. Furthermore, she was selected by senior management to chair a committee to promote leadership development and integrity at the global corporate level.
In 2016, a merger between Amadeus Consulting and Exadel occurred in order for growth toward the next level. This made the 70-employee business in Boulder a new branch of a 1,000-person company with offices in six countries. Acquiring over 20 years of experience, Lisa has continually refined her practices and abilities to surpass the unique demands of Exadel’s clients.
Lisa is a dedicated community leader and respected mentor to many colleagues and associates. She was a past president of the Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women. A national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic self-sufficiency by advancing careers, building businesses, and advocating workplace equality. She has received the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business (technology/telecommunications category), and the Bronze Stevie for Mentor/Coach of the Year. Lisa served two terms as president of the Boulder Business & Professional Women (BPW), one of the largest local business organizations in the country. Additionally, Lisa has been a speaker at countless conferences on digital communication and hosts many female-focused professional development sessions and leadership mentoring sessions.
Lynne M. Walter
chief financial officer
Lynne Walter has served as Chief Financial Officer for Exadel for over 16 years. She ensures Exadel continues to maintain its track record of fiscal discipline and operational excellence, while pursuing technological innovation. Lynne is also responsible for administrative aspects of Exadel’s operation.
Lynne bring with her 25 years of comprehensive executive, operational, and financial experience. She has held a wide array of managerial positions including Chief Operative Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and IRO with the Greenbrier Companies, a leading manufacturing compant with annual revenues exceeding $600 million. Additionally, Lynne has held a long-term auditing role with KPMG and board roles, including president, for multiple non-profit organizations.
chief sales operations officer
Jay Millard serves as Chief Sales Operations Officer for Exadel. He holds overall responsibility for ensuring exceptional client service and value as well as guiding the vision for the Exadel brand. Prior to joining the Exadel team, Jay served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and vice president of Business Development and Marketing at Amadeus Consulting Group, Inc. He was also Vice President of Redevelopment Marketing and Product Line Manager at AIMCO, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Pulte Homes/Del Webb in Denver, and Director of Sales at McStain Neighborhoods. Jay’s experience in these complex roles allowed him to define and implement a strategic customer segmentation and branding model.
Jay offers an extensive background in executive leadership, operational excellence, business development, and marketing to Exadel. Supported by his leadership, Exadel is committed to exceptional customer experiences and overall customer satisfaction through the company’s “client for life” process. Through his current leadership, Exadel has been able to provide clients a truly differentiated blend of perspective in business and technology with a commitment to service.
As an active member of the Boulder, Colorado community, Jay has held positions on non-profit boards, he has chaired and served on local committees and continues to volunteer weekly at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. He has received the Golden Bridge Awards’ Silver COO of the Year as well as the Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Business Leader.
chief delivery officer
Igor Landes currently serves as the Chief Delivery Officer at Exadel, Inc. and has previously served as the Vice President of Engineering. He oversees the quality of technology solutions delivered to clients while directing the software development process. Igor has over 25 years of extensive experience in the software industry, holding positions from Software Engineer and Solution Architect to Vice President of Applications and Software Development. His experience includes building tools and complex integration solutions based on a process-centric approach and SOA/BPM architecture.
Igor has been managing distributed development, creating highly energized global teams with a focus on the reduction of software project risks and on the cost-conscious management of all aspects of the software project lifecycle. He has a proven track record delivering complex projects in a high-pressure environment and an extensive background in leading globally distributed software development projects.
Igor brings to Exadel involvement in creating solutions and products in the finance industry including wealth management, lending, securities trading, fixed income securities analysis, and options arbitrage. His software solutions have improved business agility and operational efficiency for many organizations.
chief operations officer
Gregory Katzman is currently the Chief Operations Officer and previously served as the Vice President of Global Operations at Exadel, Inc. He manages Exadel’s highly rated client customer care, training, and support teams. Greg has been an employee since 1999 and has administered a critical liaison role, maintaining communications with and expanding Exadel’s offshore development teams in Eastern Europe. He ensures punctual project delivery and effectiveness for Exadel’s enterprise client base.
Greg has acquired a wide array of technical, operational, and client management skills and experience from over 20 years of IT experience. He has previously worked with Abbott Laboratories and served as a Senior Systems Consultant, designing complex database interfaces and inventory management systems. In addition, Greg has held management and IT positions with Bank of America (Concorde Solutions, Inc.), Landis, and Gyr (now Siemens).
vice president, technology solutions
Donna Burke is the Vice President of Technology Solutions for Exadel, Inc. She manages technology solutions for mobile and web application development in the enterprise software market. Donna acquired more than 25 years of global marketing, product management, sales, and general business management experience in software and services.
Prior to joining Exadel, Donna was the vice president and co-founder of LEC Information Systems, a company providing specialized software development and consulting services to equipment manufacturers, service providers, and software tool companies. Previously, she held Senior Management positions in product management, marketing, and business development with Ericsson, Raynet, and US West Advanced Technologies. Donna has also consulted for both start-up and Fortune 500 companies.
vice president, technology consulting
Lev Shur is the Vice President of Technology Consulting for Exadel, Inc. He oversees the sales and delivery of key consulting engagements, along with managing alliances with technology partners. Lev is a seasoned business development executive and software entrepreneur. His successful career also includes software development and technology consulting.
In 2010, Lev merged 741 Studios, a financial technology consultancy he founded, with Exadel. Under his leadership, 741 Studios experienced exponential growth and earned a respected reputation with its clients, including American Express, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and UBS.
Prior to founding 741 Studios, Lev was the Vice President of Analytics at LifeStreet, a digital marketing and advertising company, where he built and managed a large-scale data warehousing and analytics platform. Before LifeStreet, he was one of the co-founders of Exigen, a provider of transformational software and BPO services for the financial, insurance, and telecommunication industries, where he was responsible for new product development and scaling software development and project delivery teams. He was also employed at Concorde Solutions, a software division within the Bank of America. There, he was responsible for product management for a set of systems integration products deployed widely in the bank. Lev was also a partner at an IT consulting firm. with a focus on data warehousing and analytics. Lev delivered projects for major telephone companies (ATT, Sprint, MCI, and KPN) as well as retail and manufacturing clients.