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Management Leadership

Melissa Di Donato

Chief Executive Officer ,
Member of the Management Board

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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 became the first female CEO to take a multi-billion Euro company public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2021, as well as being SUSE's first female CEO in 2019.


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. Melissa 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 for EMEA and APAC. Melissa continuously receives awards and accolades; throughout her career these have included being named a CEO Today Europe Awards winner in 2021 and 2022, and being awarded the Woman of the Year by Women in IT Awards in 2021. Most recently, Melissa was appointed to Handelsblatt and Bain & Company’s Female Allstar Board, as Chief Executive.


Melissa was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, post its IPO in September 2022. She is also a Non-Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Europe Limited and an Executive in Residence at Notion Capital.


She 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 and was the inaugural Chair of the 30% Club’s Technology Working Group.

Melissa completed her education at American University, graduating with an MBA in International Business and a Master's degree in Russian.

Andy Myers

Chief Financial Officer ,
Member of the Management Board

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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, Audit Committee Chair and a member of the Remuneration Committee 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.

Senior Leadership

Adam Spearing

Chief Revenue Officer

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Adam Spearing
Chief Revenue Officer

Adam is SUSE’s Chief Revenue Officer and is responsible for SUSE’s go-to-market operations which includes Channel, Cloud, Pre-Sales, Field Sales, Sales Operations and Digital Sales. Adam has nearly 30 years’ experience in technology and has worked with almost all types of software including IT operations, development, business apps, productivity and many more. As a result of this experience, he has engaged with both IT and business leadership, at every level to drive change and mutual success for long term value. He has held various leadership positions at companies including Salesforce, xMatters, Opsware, Sun, IBM and HP.

Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford and lives in the United Kingdom.

Imran Khan

Chief Customer Officer

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Imran Khan
Chief Customer Officer

Imran is SUSE’s Chief Customer Officer and is responsible for Customer Renewals, Customer Service and Support and Customer Success. Imran has over 20 years’ experience building and leading successful customer success and services organizations for technology industry companies. With a passion for change and the customer experience, he is dedicated to delivering performance and value to customers, as well as to organizations and staff. Imran has held various global leadership positions at tech companies including BMC Software, JDA Software and Hewlett Packard.

Imran is a qualified accountant and holds a degree in business and finance from the University of Middlesex. Imran lives in the United Kingdom.

Ivo Totev

Chief Operating Officer

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Ivo Totev
Chief Operating Officer

Ivo Totev is SUSE's Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he spearheads many important growth initiatives, including developing new strategic partnerships for high-growth areas and driving stronger value and experience for customers and partners. He is also 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.

Colin Brookes

Chief Commercial Officer

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Colin Brookes
Chief Commercial Officer

Colin is SUSE’s Chief Commercial Officer, where he will be responsible for global strategic business opportunities. Colin has over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology sector, with a focus on driving sales and operational support to ensure maximum value is delivered to customers.

He has built and led diverse and inclusive teams across Sales, Operations and General Management in multiple markets including the UK, Germany, North America, Australia, Asia, and Japan. His focus is on working with customers to simplify their operations as they equip themselves for the increasingly digital and global economy. He has held senior positions within major organizations such as SAP and Citrix.

Kathryn Herrington

Chief People Officer

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Kathryn Herrington
Chief People Officer

Kathryn has over 25 years international HR experience in financial services and technology.

She most recently spent 10 years at CLS, the global settlement provider for the FX marketplace. Joining initially as CHRO, then promoted to CAO, Kathryn led a global team in both London and New York, working closely with the CEO and Board to drive strategy, transformation, scale-up and cultural re-engineering.

Prior to CLS Group, Kathryn held senior HR roles in a range of global financial institutions, including HSBC, Bank of America Corporation and Merrill Lynch.

Kathryn has long-term transatlantic experience and dual US-UK nationality, having operated out New York from 2002 to 2018. She is Vice Chair of the American European Business Association (AEBA) and is currently based in London.

Kathryn holds a Bachelor's degree in Economic and Social History from Bristol University.

Christine Ashton

Chief Information Officer

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Christine Ashton
Chief Information Officer

Christine is Chief Information Officer at SUSE where she is responsible for the global IT function. She previously served as CIO in Residence at SAP and as Senior Vice President of Technology at Thomson Reuters Corp. Prior to SAP and Thomson Reuters, Christine held global roles in data driven companies: BP, BG Group (now part of RDS), Transport for London (TfL), United Utilities and Associated Octel.

Christine is a Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Royal Bank of Scotland International, she sits on the DIGIT Lab Advisory Board and is a member of the British Computer Society's (BCS) Fellowes Advisory Task Group (FTAG).

She holds a Master's degree in Computing and Electronics and was awarded Fellowship of the BCS, where she also served 2 terms as a member of the strategic panel helping to advance its mission of Making IT good for Society.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo

Chief Technology & Product Officer

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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.

Andy McDonald

Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary

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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.

April Moh

Chief Communications Officer

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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.

Peter Smails

Chief Marketing Officer

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Peter Smails
Chief Marketing Officer

Peter Smails is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SUSE. He is responsible for end-to-end marketing strategy and driving cross-functional alignment and execution in support of SUSE’s growth objectives. A respected marketing strategist and hands-on team builder, Peter previously served as CMO at Rancher Labs, a pioneer in enterprise Kubernetes management, up until their acquisition by SUSE in December 2020. Before joining Rancher Labs, Peter was CMO at Imanis Data, a machine learning data management company, acquired by Cohesity. Prior to Imanis Data, Peter was CMO at Datos IO, where he established the company’s reputation as the de facto standard in cloud data management for NoSQL, leading to their acquisition by Rubrik. He has also held marketing leadership roles at technology giants including Dell EMC and Hitachi Data Systems.

Peter is a graduate of New York University, and resides in Northern California.

Supervisory Board

Jonas Persson

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

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Jonas Persson

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 CFO and CAO at Skype Limited and Execut...

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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 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 Chair of the Audit Committee of Datto, Inc. and is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Cybersecurity Committee at HealthEquity, Inc..

Dr. Ariane Reinhart

Dr. Ariane Reinhart has served in various roles within the Volkswagen...

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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 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 and a member of the Supervisory Board of Vonovia SE.

Elke Reichart

Elke Reichart was the Chief Digital Officer at the TUI Group and the C...

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Elke Reichart

Elke Reichart was the Chief Digital Officer at the TUI Group and the Chief Executive Officer at TUI InfoTec GmbH until 31 December 2021. 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 currently 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 an adviser to Cinven Limited and also a consultant at CureVac.

Henning Kagermann

Henning Kagermann is the former Chairman of the Executive Board and Ch...

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Henning Kagermann

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 Germa...

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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 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 and WorkWave Holdings, Inc.. He is also a Managing Director at RFO GmbH & Co. KG and RFO II GmbH & Co. KG. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Johannes worked in Mergers & Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank.

Nora M. Denzel

Nora M. Denzel is an American software executive with over 30 years of...

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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 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.

Sheng Liang

Sheng Liang is the former President of Engineering and Innovation at S...

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Sheng Liang

Sheng Liang is the former President of Engineering and Innovation at SUSE where he led SUSE’s global team of engineers, and was 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.