Meet our Leadership team

Meet the leaders behind one of the world’s largest independent open source innovators. Strong advocates of the Power of Many, these leaders — together with the SUSE team — work tirelessly every day to help our customers Innovate Everywhere.

Meet our Leaders

Melissa Di Donato | Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Management Board

Melissa Di Donato is Chief Executive Officer of SUSE and is responsible for all aspects of the SUSE business and its worldwide growth. She has spent more than 20 years in technology as a leader delivering innovative and transformative cloud solutions and software technologies for customers around the world. She is dedicated to building high performing teams, ensuring diversity across the business, and developing multi-channel go-to-market strategies.

Prior to SUSE, Melissa was the Global Chief Operating Officer for the Digital Core at SAP and Area Vice President at salesforce.com for EMEA and APAC. Melissa continuously receives awards and accolades throughout her career including, CEO Today Magazine’s Europe Awards 2020, one of the Top 10 most influential women in U.K. Technology, and the Technology Woman of Achievement award by Women in the City, amongst many others. She is a Non-Executive Director of publicly listed Burgundy Technology Corporation and Executive in Residence for Notion Capital. Melissa is the Founder of Inner Wings, a charity that was created to help build confidence and courage in young girls with the goal of creating a world of empowered and determined women. She is also the author of three children’s books.

Melissa is SUSE's first female CEO and completed her education at American University, graduating with an MBA in International Business and a Master’s degree in Russian. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Andy Myers

Chief Financial Officer,
Member of the Management Board

Andy Myers | Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Management Board

Andy is Chief Financial Officer and responsible for worldwide finance controllership and operations, management reporting, procurement, forecasting and planning, tax and treasury operations, legal, and IT. Andy has a wealth of global finance and commercial experience serving as Chief Financial Officer in BMW/Rover Group, McLaren Technology Group, and Rolls Royce plc. Prior to joining SUSE, he was the Chief Financial Officer of SHL Group, the global leader in talent innovation. He is a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at Berkeley Group Holdings plc.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in production engineering and management, is a Chartered Accountant, ACA, and lives in the United Kingdom.

Ivo Totev

Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Ivo Totev | Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Ivo Totev is the Chief Product & Marketing Officer of SUSE. In this role, he is responsible for helping customers reimagine their businesses through clear, customer-centric product strategy, as well as building brand equity and customer engagements focused on business outcomes. Ivo has over 25 years of experience in technology and has served as President of Product Marketing at SAP, CMO and Head of Cloud Business at Software AG, as well as the CMO of Unit4.

Ivo holds a degree in electrical engineering from Giessen university of applied sciences, and lives in Germany.

Paul Devlin

Chief Customer Officer

Paul Devlin | Chief Customer Officer

Paul is SUSE’s Chief Customer Officer, and is responsible for SUSE’s global routes to market, including field sales, channel sales, presales, SUSE’s services, and enablement. Paul has over 25 years of leadership experience in sales and consulting and has held various executive leadership positions in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States at tech companies including SAP, SAS, Teradata, and MicroStrategy.

Paul has a Master’s Degree in Leading Sales Transformation from Middlesex University, and holds advanced leadership certifications from Cranfield University and the Centre for Creative Leadership. Paul lives in the United Kingdom.

Sheng Liang

President Engineering & Innovation

Sheng Liang | President Engineering & Innovation

Sheng Liang is President of Engineering and Innovation at SUSE where he leads SUSE’s global team of engineers, and is responsible for the rapid growth of SUSE's expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to the Rancher container management platform. Prior to SUSE, Sheng was Co-Founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, and CTO of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix Systems. He started as a Staff Engineer in Java Software at Sun Microsystems, where he worked on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Sheng has a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He lives in the United States

Steve Gilliver

Chief Human Resources and Transformation Officer

Steve Gilliver | Chief Human Resources and Transformation Officer

Steve Gilliver oversees all Human Resources (HR), transformation, and global facilities, including Health and Safety for SUSE. He has more than 20 years of HR experience in the IT, media, aerospace, and construction business. He was previously Vice President of HR and Head of Talent for Micro Focus. Steve was also Group HR Director of one of the U.K.'s leading media companies, and Senior Director of HR for Dell. He has led HR-focused international teams in several large United Kingdom and United States-based companies.

Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University, and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from Hull University. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo

Chief Technology & Product Officer

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo | Chief Technology & Product Officer

Thomas Di Giacomo is Chief Technology and Product Officer for SUSE, where he leads our global Office of the CTO and Product and Solution Management. His team covers SUSE’s entire portfolio of products as well as innovation priorities. He is also responsible for driving and guiding SUSE's current and future technology and solutions, and for sharing SUSE’s vision with customers, partners, and key industry stakeholders.

Prior to his role, Thomas was SUSE’s President of Engineering & Innovation and was responsible for the rapid growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership and executive roles in engineering and product innovation.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Geneva, and lives in Switzerland.

April Moh

Chief Communications Officer

April Moh | Chief Communications Officer

April Moh is SUSE’s first-ever Chief Communications Officer and is responsible for SUSE’s integrated communications team spanning public relations, internal and executive communications, brand, events, and customer marketing. She is also the executive sponsor of SUSE’s Women in Technology employee network. Prior to SUSE, April was VP and Global Head of Communications for SAP, and she has also managed communications for Microsoft and Concur. April began her career in the start-up world, helping daring upstarts gain market share, launch their companies, secure funding, and successfully get acquired.

April has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Media from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and she lives in the United States.

Michael Miller

President of Corporate Development

Michael Miller | President of Corporate Development

As President of Corporate Development, Michael leads the strategy and teams focused on SUSE’s M&A practice. He is instrumental in helping achieve SUSE’s growth ambitions through impactful inorganic investments and transactions.

Michael has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of global leadership roles, including senior management positions in engineering, product management, marketing, sales, corporate development, and alliances. Michael applies a practical and results-driven approach to building teams, creating alliances, negotiating deals and developing solutions for the enterprise market.

Michael holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a Master's degree in English from Western Washington University, and a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Marquette University.

Shannon Williams

Global Chief Operations Officer

Shannon Williams | Global Chief Operations Officer

Shannon Williams is Global Chief Operations Officer for SUSE’s Global Customer Organization. He is responsible for all commercial and sales operations, driving business cadence, enablement, and ensuring SUSE’s sales team is focused on driving pipeline and demand generation. Prior to SUSE, Shannon was a Co-Founder and CRO of Rancher Labs, a company focused on building technology for companies to leverage containers and Kubernetes. He was also a co-founder and VP of Sales at Cloud.com, a pioneer in cloud computing. Cloud.com was later acquired by Citrix Systems, where Shannon ran sales for the cloud business unit. Shannon has more than 20 years of experience working at startups and other software companies in the security and cloud computing industries.

Shannon is a graduate of Northwestern University, and lives in the United States.

Andy McDonald

Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary

Andy McDonald | Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary

Andy McDonald is our Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary, responsible for all aspects of legal, regulatory and corporate governance. He has a wealth of experience in legal affairs and governance in a variety of companies, including Interserve, Premier Foods plc, Uniq plc and Spirent plc.

Andy worked as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving into Industry. He is based in the UK.

Meet our Supervisory Board

Jonas Persson

Jonas Persson is the Chair of the Supervisory Board at SUSE.

Jonas Persson is the Chair of the Supervisory Board at SUSE. Alongside this role, Jonas is Chair of several software companies including IFS, Sitecore and Acumatica. Additionally, he is a current member of the Board of Directors at Skandia. Jonas is the former CEO of Microsoft Sweden and has held a number of senior positions within Microsoft, including CTO of Microsoft EMEA and head of Microsoft’s Mobile Internet Business Unit. He has also served as Chairman of TransIP and Stormgeo, and held positions at Automic and TIA as a member of the Board of Directors.

Adrian T. Dillon

Adrian T. Dillon is the former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Skype Limited and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Agilent Technol...

Adrian T. Dillon is the former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Skype Limited and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Agilent Technologies. He was previously a member and Chairman of The Conference Board Council of Financial Executives. Adrian has held a number of Board positions, including at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Wonga Group Limited, NDS Group Limited, Verigy Pty and LumiLeds Inc. He is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee of Datto, Inc. and is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of WNS Holdings Limited, and is a member of the Board of Directors at HealthEquity, Inc..

Dr. Ariane Reinhart

Dr. Ariane Reinhart has served in various roles within the Volkswagen Group. These include Head of International Labor Relations at Volkswagen AG, Head of Management Development in...

Dr. Ariane Reinhart has served in various roles within the Volkswagen Group. These include Head of International Labor Relations at Volkswagen AG, Head of Management Development in Sales & Marketing and as the Head of Human Resources at Auto 500 GmbH. She also served as the Head of VW Talentos at Volkswagen do Brasil and as the Head of Human Resources at Volkswagen Retail GmbH.. Ariane was a Member of the Board at Bentley Motors Ltd and is currently a member of the Executive Board at Continental AG Group.

Elke Reichart

Elke Reichart is the Chief Digital Officer at the TUI Group and the Chief Executive Officer at TUI InfoTec GmbH.

Elke Reichart is the Chief Digital Officer at the TUI Group and the Chief Executive Officer at TUI InfoTec GmbH. She has served in numerous positions at Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiaries in Europe and the United States. These positions include Vice President of HP Transformation Programme, Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Technology & Operations, Vice President of Global Sales Manager SAP, Director of Asset Management, and as Managing Director at Leasametric (a Hewlett-Packard subsidiary). Elke has served as a Member of the Supervisory Board at Hewlett-Packard Germany, and is a current a Member of the Supervisory Board at Bechtle AG, and is an Independent Non-Executive director at esure Group Plc (a Bain Capital portfolio company). She is also a Consultant at CureVac.

Henning Kagermann

Henning Kagermann is the former Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of SAP AG.

Henning Kagermann is the former Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of SAP AG. He has served in various roles at acatech (German Academy of Science and Engineering), including President and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Kuratorium). Previously, Henning was also a member of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Post AG, MunichRe, BMW AG and Deutsche Bank. He currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board at KUKA AG and at Mambu.

Johannes Reichel

Johannes Reichel is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Germany at EQT, a member of EQT’s global Technology, Media and Telecoms team and a member of the Private Equity Inv...

Johannes Reichel is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Germany at EQT, a member of EQT’s global Technology, Media and Telecoms team and a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. He has held Board observer roles in EQT´s portfolio companies Automic Software, Lima Corporate and CBR and is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, IFS AB, WorkWave Holdings, Inc., Acumatica Holdings, Inc. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Johannes worked in Mergers & Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank.

Matteo Thun-Hohenstein

Matteo Thun-Hohenstein joined EQT Partners in 2011 and has served in numerous capacities across EQT Partners’ offices in Germany, the United States and Switzerland.

Matteo Thun-Hohenstein joined EQT Partners in 2011 and has served in numerous capacities across EQT Partners’ offices in Germany, the United States and Switzerland. Currently, he serves as Managing Director at EQT Partners AG, heading EQT’s Switzerland Private Equity team, and is a member of EQT’s global Technology, Media and Telecoms team. He has held Board observer roles in EQT’s portfolio companies Automic Software, BSN medical and FocusVision and is currently a Board observer at Sitecore.

Nora M. Denzel

Nora M. Denzel is an American software executive with over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley. She has held several key C-Suite roles, including Senior Vice President in a nu...

Nora M. Denzel is an American software executive with over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley. She has held several key C-Suite roles, including Senior Vice President in a number of product divisions at Legato Systems, HP Enterprise, and Intuit. At the board-level, Nora served as Board Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Outerwall, Inc. and served on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committees at Saba Software and Talend SA. Nora currently serves on the Board of Directors at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), LME Ericsson, and NortonLifelock.