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Leadership Team

Sasha Gilenson
Chief Executive Officer, co-founder

Sasha Gilenson is Founder and CEO of Evolven Software and is paving the way as an expert leader in IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), addressing the 15-year chronic change and configuration challenges that have undermined performance and availability in IT operations.


Prior to founding Evolven in 2007, Sasha spent 13 years with Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP), managing the QA organization and participating in establishing Mercury Interactive's Software as a Service (SaaS). Sasha played a key role in the development of Mercury Interactive's worldwide Business Technology Optimization (BTO) strategy and drove field operations of the Wireless Business Unit, all while taking on the duties as the Mercury Interactive's top "guru" in quality processes and IT practices domain.


In this capacity, Sasha advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on technology and process optimization, and in turn, acquired a comprehensive and rare knowledge of the market and industry practices. Sasha saw how many enterprises were frustrated with critical business systems going down or underperforming, repeatedly seeing how complexity and gaps in IT operations created problems that no technology filled. Looking at these issues from a new perspective, he envisioned a revolutionary approach for handling the overwhelming and dynamic data that IT teams confront in maintaining performance and availability of their business operations. Sasha founded Evolven to apply a new analytics approach to resolve these chronic change & configuration challenges and dramatically minimize the risk of downtime and slash incident investigation time. Evolven's IT Operations Analytics provides intelligent answers to key IT operations challenges: how to accelerate incident resolution, avoid harmful and risky changes, and assess and optimize IT operations performance.


The innovative solution developed at Evolven has been praised and recognized by leading industry analysts:

Sasha was named a Finalist in the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® New Jersey Award


Sasha's insights and observations have appeared in leading industry resources:

Sasha holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Latvian University and MBA from London Business School.

Gad Cohen
Chief Operating Officer, co-founder

Gad leads Marketing, Business Development and Product Startegy for Evolven. Gad has over 16 years of marketing and business development experience at high technology companies. Prior to joining Evolven, Gad provided strategic marketing services to start-up companies. Gad co-founded and served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Prolify, a start-up company that delivers a dynamic process management solution, and he co-founded and served as President of Growth Wizards, Ltd., an international business development company. His previous experience includes executive business development and marketing positions at Business Layers (acquired by Netegrity Inc.), and Tesnet Group (IPO Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange).


Gad holds a Master's degree in Technology Management from New York's Polytechnic University and a Law degree from Bar Ilan University.

Eyal Oz
Vice President, R&D, co-founder

Bringing many years of software development and management experience to Evolven's recognized team of industry experts, Eyal has demonstrated management success across various development organizations – from startup to global enterprises. With a focus on execution and customer satisfaction, he adds a unique ability to translate customer needs and pains into new software products. Prior to joining Evolven, Eyal spent 12 years in various R&D roles at Mercury Interactive (acquired by Hewlett Packard [NYSE: HPQ] in 2007). Eyal's leadership was integral to the rollout of their leading products, contributing an innovative business-centric approach to managing applications. Eyal brings a deep knowledge in developing software solutions in the areas of change and configuration management, performance and availability monitoring. He holds BA degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Boštjan Kaluža, PhD
Chief Data Scientist

Boštjan Kaluža is the Chief Data Scientist at Evolven. He's also a hardcore researcher who's done a lot of research into artificial intelligence and intelligent systems, machine learning, predictive analytics and anomaly detection. Prior to Evolven, Boštjan served as a senior researcher in the Department of Intelligent Systems at the Jozef Stefan Institute, the leading Slovenian scientific research institution and led research projects involving pattern and anomaly detection, machine learning and predictive analytics.

Focusing on the detection of suspicious behavior and data analysis, Boštjan has published numerous articles in professional journals and delivered conference papers. In 2013, Boštjan published his first book on data science, Instant Weka How-to, exploring how to leverage machine learning using Weka. Boštjan recently published his second book, Practical Machine Learning in Java, for learning how to use Java's machine learning libraries to gain insight from data. Boštjan is also the author and contributor to a number of patents in the areas of anomaly detection and pattern recognition.


Boštjan earned his PhD at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia, rigorously defending a doctoral dissertation entitled Detection of Anomalous and Suspicious Behavior Patterns.

Steve Oakes
Vice President of Sales

Steve is responsible for leading Evolven's global sales organization. He brings over 23 years of sales development and leadership experience to the company. Having worked previously at CA Technologies and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, his ability to deliver value across hardware, software and services to his clients stands out. His success over the years is not simply based on executing sales strategies to satisfy the business, but due to his commitment to customer success and driving true return on investment. His ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with his customers is why they continue to do business with him, regardless of where he works.


Having been on the front lines of many customer challenges, Steve saw a unique opportunity with Evolven to address the pain his clients were dealing with year in and year out. By leveraging his experience, partnering with Evolven's Customer Success Team, as well as leveraging a strong sales team focused on delivering value to our customers, Evolven is thriving and continues to develop solutions that protect customer's business.

Michael (Mike) Sanders
Vice President of Customer Success

Mike brings over 30 years of expertise in the IT field. From building servers and networks to managing large IT departments, he has provided direction and leadership for delivering product solutions to help IT Ops teams proactively resolve performance and availability issues.


Prior to joining Evolven, he worked for 14 years at Compuware Corporation (Dynatrace), where he consulted and sold application monitoring (APM) software and delivered solutions. His move to Evolven was driven by that missing piece of the APM message, what actually changed. His expertise extends to many aspects of production support and DevOps, bringing an understanding of both technical and operational practices for assuring customer success. His focus is making our customers successful. He knows that our expertise can help drive a better customer experience by eliminating issues caused by Change and Configuration Drift.