David H. Ratner, Ph.D., President and CEO

David Ratner has been a pioneer in the messaging and communications industry for 15 years, across all aspects of the business, from writing code to running major organizations. Prior to his position of President and CEO for Openwave Messaging, Ratner served as a special adviser to the Board and CEO of Openwave Systems (now Unwired Planet), where he helped create Openwave Messaging, Inc., as a separate and independent company.

Previously, Ratner served as the COO at SEVEN Networks, a cloud synchronization and mobile messaging company, where he rationalized the organization and products, drove the company to profitability, and worked with every aspect of the business. Before SEVEN, Ratner was the SVP of Wireless Products and Solutions at Carrier Access, and ultimately, helped in its sale to Turin Networks. Prior to Carrier Access, Ratner held multiple engineering and business roles at Openwave Systems and Software.com, including Vice President of Messaging and Communication, Vice President of Digital Identity, and Chief Messaging Strategist. Ratner has successfully demonstrated strategic thinking on a global basis while maintaining a tactical approach to execution, and has spoken in multiple international and domestic forums.


He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude, and with Distinction in All Subjects.

Tom Clark, Chief Financial Officer

Tom Clark has over 16 years of experience as a financial executive across a variety of industries, including administrative services, manufacturing, software development, and technology wholesale.  Prior to joining Openwave Messaging, he was the CFO of CollabNet, a leading provider of Enterprise Cloud Development and Agile ALM products and services.  In addition to managing all worldwide finance, Clark focused on field operations, driving unprecedented increases in sales productivity and services contribution margin. 

Prior to joining CollabNet, he worked for seven years at ProBusiness Services, now Automatic Data Processing (NYSE:ADP), where he was instrumental in identifying new market opportunities focused on accelerating top line growth.  Prior to ProBusiness Services, he worked with KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm. 

He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, earned his B.S from Saint Mary's College of California.

Farooq Ali, Chief Technology Officer

Farooq Ali is a technology evangelist with over 20 years of hands-on technical experience and business development expertise. As CTO, Ali is responsible for overseeing Openwave Messaging's product strategy and architectural vision. He specializes in strategy and research for emerging technologies, as well as product planning and execution.

Before joining Openwave Messaging, Ali was Executive Advisor for JBBMobile Inc, providing counsel on strategy, execution, and operations. Before that, he served as Vice President of Product Management for SEVEN Networks where he was responsible for product management and development of client mobile apps for Android and Windows Mobile, and oversaw the development of cloud services for messaging, sync, and push technologies. Ali has held positions in product management and technology development for a wide range of companies including, 724 Solutions, Software.com, and Netscape Communications. Throughout his career, Ali has focused his attention on the mobile, software, and communications industries.

He holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire.

Ian Gillott, Chief Information Officer

Ian Gillott has over 30 years of management experience, including positions in senior IT management for companies including Santos, Deloitte, Mincom, and Ausenco. Before joining Openwave Messaging, Ian served as Global Director of Business Systems and Information Technology for Ausenco, where he synthesized the IT operations of five different companies into one cohesive organization.  Prior to Ausenco, Ian was CIO and Director of Defense Solutions for Mincom, a global engineering asset management software company.  At Santos, Ian acted as Manager of Innovation and Business Improvement, where he managed the development of the company’s strategic IT direction with regard to future services and the external environment. Ian has held several other management positions in IT and information services. Ian also served in the Australian Army for 20 years, climbing the ranks from an Army Apprentice to the Senior Operations Officer of a multinational peacekeeping force on Bougainville (PNG). 

He received his MBA from the University of New England.

Barry Twohig, Senior Vice President, Engineering

As Senior Vice President, Engineering, Twohig leads Openwave Messaging's product development and new technology integration. Prior to Openwave Messaging, Barry served as the Vice President, Messaging for Critical Path since November 2000. In this role, he managed the worldwide Critical Path messaging engineering organization including development and release of Critical Path's Personal Address Book, Calendar, Mail Server and Notification Products, and led the department during the development of Critical Path's new Instant Messaging and Presence Technology.

Twohig joined Critical Path when Isocor was acquired in 2000. Prior to Isocor, he spent 7 years at Retix, where he worked in the European development center in both development and professional services roles on communication technology projects, including development, integration and deployment of Retix communication software to major telecommunications providers and OEM's in the US, UK and Japan.

Twohig earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin.

Andrew Byrne, Vice President, Worldwide Sales

In the role of Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Byrne leads all sales initiatives for Openwave Messaging across North America, Europe, and Asia.  Byrne has a long track record of success, with in-depth experience and knowledge of the telecommunications and software markets.

Before Openwave Messaging, Byrne began his career in the software industry. Starting in the late 80’s, he spent 10 years at Banyan Systems where he was Vice President of Sales and managed global channels as well as global messaging and email for the Company.  After Banyan, he held worldwide sales positions for several successful Internet startups focused on delivering solutions in the ad campaign and content management space.  Byrne served as Vice President of Eastern US, and Canadian Sales at Stellent, Inc., now an Oracle company.  Byrne has held various management positions at Infor Global Solutions, a leader in the ERP and Supply Chain space.  Most recently at Infor, he was Vice President of Global Accounts. He has also served as Vice President of Process Sales, and Manufacturing Sales for Infor. 

Byrne earned his BA in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science from The College of New Jersey.  

Dean Bogarde, Vice President, Worldwide Professional Services

As Vice President, Worldwide Professional Services, Bogarde leads Openwave Messaging's professional services teams located in North America, EMEA, and APAC. He has over two decades of technology consulting experience and has lead teams around the world in the delivery of professional services across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, information technology, financial services, and the public sector.

Prior to joining Openwave Messaging, Bogarde was Senior Director of Professional Services for Guidance Software.  Before Guidance, he worked at Infor Global Solutions where he was Senior Director of Consulting Services and Professional Services Director, and was responsible for managing and growing multiple ERP consulting practices providing services across the globe. Bogarde also served as Consulting Director and Program Manager with COVANSYS, where he was responsible for consulting services from sales to delivery.

Bogarde received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.