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Steven Gerhardt

Managing Partner,
 CEO

Steven Gerhardt leads the company’s direction, business development and vision. He is an enterprise solutions architect with 20 years of experience in developing, selling and managing software product delivery.

Prior to Element Blue, Steven served as the co-founder and principal of Ixion for eleven years. During this time, Ixion became a leading provider of business and consumer portals, including web content manager solutions.

Steven’s background also includes work in product marketing, biotechnology, and ISO standards accreditation. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Biotechnology Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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Anthony (Joey) Bernal

Managing Partner,
 CTO

Joey joined Element Blue as a leader and veteran of IBM software and solutions. He is the former Chief Programmer of IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center (IOC). His extensive background in Enterprise Application architecture was applied to leading the IOC design and development.

He is the author of several popular books and articles covering Application Architecture, Portal Development, Social Networking and Web 2.0. Prior to joining Elmenet Blue, Joey worked at IBM since 2001 and helped lead the WebSphere Portal Software Services team for Software Development Lab Services.

Joey has a BSc in Computer Sciences from the University of Montana.

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Sean Grigg

Director, Digital Marketing Experience

Joining Element Blue team (formerly Ixion) in 2005, Sean Grigg currently leads the Element Blue digital marketing experience practice that offers web design and portal solutions. He has worked with many customers leading the user experience design and initial architecture for projects of all sizes.

Prior to 2005, Sean led the web solutions and training area for the Human Resources department of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Ian Branum

Director, Industrial Internet and Analytics

Ian Branum started his career as a logistics officer in the US Navy. After three tours he got out, obtained an MBA and entered the commercial world, first as a consultant with Accenture. Since then, Ian has accumulated over ten years’ experience designing, developing and implementing enterprise solutions for clients in the energy, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing industries. He has led project teams varying in size from one-man bands to a dozen developers.

Prior to joining Element Blue, Ian spent the preceding year in Baghdad, Iraq as a mobilized reservist, where he served as Network Engineering Branch Chief for US Forces, Iraq. He has a BA in Computer Science from Berkeley, an MBA from Cambridge and a JD from the University of Melbourne.

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Vincent Njoroge

Managing Director, Africa

Vincent is the Managing Director for the Africa Region of Element Blue. Vincent previously led the regional office of IBM Global Business Services, as Associate Partner and GBS Leader East Africa. He has more than 17 years of experience in business and IT consulting, with expertise in business strategy, business development, product management and software development. Vincent first joined IBM GBS as a Managing Consultant where he led teams to provide strategic collaboration solutions and specialized in building portal solutions for Fortune 100 companies in industries including financial services, manufacturing, and oil & gas services.

Prior to his return to Nairobi, He was Director of Client Services and Director of Video for AOL’s Advertising division. In this role he handled sales and client management as well as technical integration support and advising on strategies for monetization of video content. He has made frequent public appearances at industry conferences and at events worldwide.

Vincent holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science, and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.

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Sanjay Jalagam

Managing Director, Middle East and India

Sanjay Jalagam has more than 20 years of experience working in information technology encompassing software development, deployment, sales and customer support. Sanjay has extensive experience working with global customers in helping build and maintain enterprise solutions. He is the country manager responsible for all sales and delivery operations in India. He also manages the India Development Center responsible for offshore delivery for all geo locations.

Sanjay has worked in various different roles in sales, service and management at Oracle and Moore Process Automation (division of Siemens). While at Oracle, he was a part of Global Swat Team for the Process Manufacturing Industry and then was a part of Oracle Energy practice. Sanjay holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Martha Stehling

Sales Leader, North America

Joining Element Blue in 2013, Martha Stehling is a senior member of our global team and leader in business development across North America. She is a 20 year technology sales executive with expertise in consultative sales models, C-level client engagement, sales strategy and experience managing effective client service teams.

Prior to joining Element Blue, Martha was a top performer for a $200m consulting firm for 14 years, supporting clients in the healthcare and energy sectors. She also led sales management for a healthcare strategy firm and applies this knowledge base in healthcare to Element Blue’s healthcare industry vertical focus. Martha has Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Eva Maklouf

Managing Director, Latin America

Eva MakloufCoto, MBA, has almost 30 years of experience in the development of leading companies in the Costa Rican and US marketplace; she has ample experience in sales for the software industry. She has held positions such as consultant, marketing director, sales and business development since 1997.

Currently, she is a partner of the software companies Arkkosoft, Arkkosoft Smart Solutions, and for Element Blue Latin America she is Managing Director, Partner. She was Vice President of CAMTIC and member of the board of directors of the Banco Popular y Popular Pensiones. She worked with the Ministry of Science and Technology (Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología – MICIT), the Chamber of IT and Communications (Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación – CAMTIC), and with the Promoter of Foreign Trade (Promotora de Comercio Exterior -Procomer) in the initial mapping of the strategy known as “Costa Rica Verde e Inteligente” (Smart Green Costa Rica).

She has a degree as a Systems Engineer from the Universidad Magíster, a Master’s degree from the University of Costa Rica in Business Management with emphasis in Marketing and Sales. She has also taught Business Management Master’s degree courses at the University of Costa Rica.

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Indraneel Karfa

Sales Leader, Middle East

Indraneel Karfa leads Element Blue’s Middle East Operations. He has more than 10 years’ experience in project delivery, with an additional 10 years’ consultative selling and managing delivery. He has also been a certified sales trainer and coach.

Prior to Element Blue, Indraneel was involved in complete solution deliver initiatives, including presales, requirement analysis and solution delivery across technology platforms. He also led strategic Initiatives with a focus on extending services delivery to new IBM technologies.

Indraneel has a Bachelor in Engineering and a Master’s in Marketing Management from Mumbai University. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer.

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