Management

Brendan Madden

Brendan Madden

Chief Executive Officer

Brendan Madden founded Tom Sawyer Software in 1992, and has since developed the company into a leading global provider of high-performance graph and data visualization and analysis systems. He is highly interested that the company does top quality work, and under his expert guidance, Tom Sawyer Software has received accolades for excellence in component-based software technology development from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Brendan brings his highly specialized knowledge of the software industry and intricate knowledge of other industry sectors to make invaluable contributions to the business strategy, product direction, operations, marketing, and worldwide sales of Tom Sawyer Software. With nearly thirty years of experience, Brendan is one of the world's foremost experts in graph and data visualization, graph layout, and graph analysis. He is also an expert in user experience and software architecture.

Prior to founding Tom Sawyer Software, Brendan was employed at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory, and Vitalink Communications.

Brendan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Ithaca College. He attended graduate school in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Deborah Baron

Deborah Baron

Vice President of Marketing

Deborah Baron joined Tom Sawyer Software in 2016 as the Vice President of Marketing. Deborah has over 15 years of experience driving market and product strategy and execution, contributing to fast-growing enterprise technology startups and global brands. Before joining Tom Sawyer Software, Deborah was Chief Strategy Officer at Align Matters. Prior to that, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of Nuix, Vice President of Product Marketing at HP Autonomy, and Director of Product Marketing and Business Development at ZANTAZ, acquired by HP Autonomy. Deborah began her career in data modeling moving on to product management and marketing positions for IBM and HP in the United States and Europe.

Deborah is a cofounding member of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, a standards forum for the fast-moving eDiscovery industry. She has spoken at over 50 industry events, authored papers on AI and discovery, and recently published $10M Dollars in Pennies. The article is an analogy comparing the challenge of extracting immediate value from one billion pennies to getting the same from Big Data, and overcoming it by applying data science principles and teaching them to our children. Deborah's expertise in growing revenue by building brand awareness, entering new markets and leading dynamic marketing teams is essential to Tom Sawyer Software.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minor in Math from Occidental College and an MBA in Strategy and International Marketing from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Ulrich Foessmeier

Ulrich Foessmeier

Vice President of Engineering

Ulrich Foessmeier has played an influential role in the success of Tom Sawyer Software both in recent and past years. He rejoined Tom Sawyer Software in 2017 as the Vice President of Engineering, where he applies his twenty years of experience in the software industry managing large, and complex product development projects and global engineering teams. From 1997–2011 he worked at Tom Sawyer Software in various roles from Orthogonal layout specialist in the Graph Layout group to Vice President of Engineering, and finally to General Manager of the German office. Further contributions within these years included redesigning and modularizing the entire code base, establishing a defect tracking tool, and building new Tom Sawyer Software teams in Europe.

During his time away from Tom Sawyer Software, Ulrich worked as the Director of Software Engineering for Thermo Fisher Scientific where he oversaw 45 software developers. He was responsible for the development of the Chromatography Data System at three sites, the establishment of a development partnership program, and the integration of new teams in remote locations.

Ulrich holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tuebingen where he received the Rector's Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis of the year. He is a PPI Senior Process Manager and Trainer with authority to train and qualify Practical Process Improvement managers, making him one of the world's leading experts in this technique. Ulrich is also an Exin-certified Scrum Master.

Caroline Scharf

Caroline Scharf

Senior Operations Director

Caroline Scharf is the Operations Director of Tom Sawyer Software. She works closely with all department managers to streamline company processes, and ensure efficient and seamless operation of all day-to-day activities and operational functions of the company. Caroline also manages the administration, documentation, and quality assurance functions with a view towards a corporate services model. Caroline brings a unique set of skills, drawing from her years of experience at large and small software companies; her involvement in helping to define and refine processes at her previous employers; her ability to analyze and identify solutions to problems; and her writing, communication, and organizational skills.

Previously, Caroline worked for 9 years at Revitas, Inc. as the Director of Documentation Services, where she was a key member of the Product Development leadership team, working closely with upper management on key organizational initiatives, and defining the company-wide product development lifecycle. Caroline is a returning employee to Tom Sawyer Software, previously having worked for the company from 1996 to 1999 as the Documentation Manager.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Chico.

Drobenaire Marilyn

Marilyn Drobenaire

Financial Controller

Marilyn Drobenaire, Certified Public Accountant, joined Tom Sawyer Software in 2017 as the Financial Controller. She oversees the Finance department and works with all areas of the company to ensure smooth financial health and budgetary organization. Marilyn brings a broad array of skills and knowledge to Tom Sawyer Software, having gained expertise in areas such as auditing, banking, forensic accounting, wealth management, tax preparation, and human resources.

Prior to joining Tom Sawyer Software, Marilyn ran her own businesses for over 25 years. She helped startup businesses, large corporations and non-profit organizations attract investors, train bookkeepers, develop and organize financial systems, and make budgetary decisions. Before that, Marilyn worked for Aspiriant Wealth Management and Deloitte & Touche.

Marilyn is passionate about giving back to the community and has spoken at several events focused on empowering small, female-run business owners. She feels strongly about providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to learn about the financial needs of running a business and has helped many small business owners push their ideas to the next level.

Marilyn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden

Principal Solutions Architect

Patrick Madden brings more than twenty years of software design and development experience to Tom Sawyer Software. Patrick was instrumental in designing the Tom Sawyer Perspectives web framework. Currently, he is focused on designing software components that will seamlessly integrate into Enterprise environments and the cloud for large-scale deployments.

Patrick was the President and cofounder of Clooster, where he worked on advanced grid-based technology and the design and implementation of scalable web and enterprise search. Prior to Clooster, he was employed at Cisco Systems, where he helped integrate Tom Sawyer Software's network topology components into various Cisco network and service management products, including IP Solution Center, WAN Manager, and CiscoWorks. At Cisco, he was a technical lead as well as a manager of a software development team that spanned California, Texas, Colorado, and India.

Earlier, Patrick helped cofound Tom Sawyer Software, where he was the lead software engineer for early versions of Tom Sawyer Visualization, MFC Edition and Tom Sawyer Visualization, ActiveX Edition. Patrick's prior experience also includes being the Chief Technology Officer at Tom Sawyer Software.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with Honors from Kenyon College. He also attended graduate school at Columbia University's Graduate School of Science.

Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden

Chief Software Engineer

With more than twenty years of experience in the software industry, Kevin Madden brings an innovative approach to Tom Sawyer Software. He plays a strategic role in the direction of the company's server-based products to support the latest and emerging technologies. As Chief Software Engineer, Kevin oversees the design, creation, and execution of these products and ensures that his teams deliver robust, flexible, and easy-to-use products.

Kevin's leadership experience includes Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Clooster, an enterprise and web search company that was acquired by Tom Sawyer Software. At Clooster, he was responsible for the overall vision, corporate structure, strategy, partnerships, and financing of the company.

Prior to Clooster, Kevin was the lead architect for several of Embarcadero Technologies' database products, including DBArtisan and RapidSQL. Kevin also led the design and development of Sun Microsystems' NetBeans UML modeling framework. He has also held senior software engineering roles at Symantec, Informix Software, and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

Michael Newton

Michael Newton

Senior Product Development Director

Michael Newton leads the development team at Tom Sawyer Software. Since joining Tom Sawyer Software in 1998, Michael has played a central role in improving and expanding Tom Sawyer Software's product offerings, as well as establishing support for web-based products.

Michael joined Tom Sawyer Software as a Software Engineer, where his skills proved essential to the design and implementation of the company's first graph visualization product, Graph Editor Toolkit. He was soon promoted to Senior Software Engineer, and then later to a management position where he was responsible for the design, implementation, testing, and documentation of Tom Sawyer Software's C++ and Java based products. As the Senior Design Director, Michael is currently responsible for developing and leading the Products department, collaborating with Product Management to develop the product roadmap, and working with Operations to define and improve work processes.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree with First Class Honors from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Wendy Feng

Wendy Feng

Technical Design Director

Wendy Feng joined Tom Sawyer Software in 1997 as one of the world's leading experts in the graph drawing community. Her experience with graph drawing algorithms has been instrumental in the development of graph visualization and graph layout technologies at Tom Sawyer Software. She played a key role in the development of Tom Sawyer Visualization on various platforms, and later in the design and implementation of Tom Sawyer Perspectives, the company's flagship product, for both the web and desktop environments. With her deep technical knowledge and engineering management skills, Wendy has directed the development of Tom Sawyer Perspectives from version 2.0 through version 7.0. She recently started leading the User Experience effort at Tom Sawyer Software.

During a brief hiatus from her work at Tom Sawyer Software in 2003, Wendy was a lecturer in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney in Australia, where she taught algorithms and data structures and researched the use of graph visualization technologies in bioinformatics.

Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia. The Computing Research and Education Association of Australia, then known as the Computer Science Association, lauded her thesis as the national Best Thesis of the Year. She has published a number of peer-reviewed international articles on planarity and planar drawing of clustered graphs as well as the multi-level visualization of clustered graphs.

Austris Krastins

Austris Krastins

Product Development Director

Austris Krastins leads the development of Tom Sawyer Software's newest product, which is yet to be released. He also helps the company to define streamlined engineering processes, standards, and best practices, working closely with the Operations Director.

Austris joined Tom Sawyer Software as a Software Engineer in 2005, and was one of the early developers of the company's flagship product, Tom Sawyer Perspectives. He continues to be closely involved in the development of Tom Sawyer Perspectives throughout all of its releases. Soon after joining the company, Austris also helped to establish a branch office in Riga, Latvia and has managed its operations and growing staff for nearly 10 years.

Austris holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Latvia. His Bachelor's thesis was related to Hierarchical Layout and was one of the four that received an award from the University's Computer Science faculty in 2005.