Levvel - Leadership

Leadership


Our team is made up of leaders, thinkers, designers, and builders whose collective experience spans many industries and companies of all sizes.

Founders & C-Level

CEO, Founder

Chris Hart

CEO, Founder

Chris has more than 15 years of technology leadership experience with a specialized focus on financial technology solutions in the consumer, commercial and wealth management space. He has led software development, infrastructure, and QA organizations at multiple Fortune 100 companies and also helped grow and launch a number of early-stage technology companies. Chris’s technical expertise, startup experience, and global program management background enables our ability to support a wide range of clients at all stages of transformation.

Operating Partner, Founder

Matt Ernst

Operating Partner, Founder

Matt guides Levvel’s strategic direction and overall operations with his seasoned leadership and entrepreneurial know-how. An E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Matt was the founder and CEO of Amentra, which he sold to Red Hat prior to forming his early-stage investment fund, Walnut Grove Holdings (WGH). Matt has invested and worked in a variety of successful startups across multiple industries, including technology, SAAS and retail.

General Managers

General Manager, Asia-Pacific

Akhil Bhaskar

General Manager, Asia-Pacific

Akhil brings a wealth of international experience to his role as Levvel’s Asia-Pacific lead. His core strength lies in using technical and managerial skills to ensure that outcomes fit into a business narrative. Akhil worked at Amentra before moving to Australia in 2010 to grow Red Hat’s Middleware business across sales, technical, and governance roles. He later served as the Global Director responsible for business partners and technical field teams enablement before returning to his passion for entrepreneurship by joining Levvel.

General Manager, North America

Sean Shealy

General Manager, North America

Sean Shealy brings more than 10 years of experience leading software development organizations, building solutions, and delivering products for both Fortune 100 companies and promising startups. Sean brings experience from many verticals based on his prior consulting experiences with a focus on finance, risk, insurance, and ecommerce. He brings a unique blend of enterprise know-how and small company agility that help drive successful engagements and transformations for Levvel’s partners.

General Manager, Levvel Software

Farhan Hussain

General Manager, Levvel Software

Farhan Hussain brings two decades of experience helping corporations deploy and effectively utilize disruptive technology for their mission-critical information systems. He specializes in open source software, devops, and microservices and has a successful history of building both Agile software delivery teams and sales teams. As the CEO of Open Source Architect, he drove substantial growth through technical and sales teams focused on consulting, training, and software offerings that helped clients transform their businesses. With Levvel, Hussain has a dual responsibility for the company’s enterprise partnerships and training offerings and for the expansion of the company’s footprint in the central United States.

Managing Directors

Managing Director, North America East

Mark Dlugokencky

Managing Director, North America East

Mark Dlugokencky is Managing Director of Levvel’s East Coast operations, based in New York City. He is also the head of Levvel’s Capital Markets practice. Before joining Levvel, Mark spent nearly nine years at Morgan Stanley, most recently serving as an Executive Director in the Equity Derivatives Technology group responsible for pre-trade, pricing, and execution systems for the Institutional Equity Derivatives business. Prior to that, he spent a number of years in technology consulting working across a variety of industries, including Retail and Health Care.

Vice Presidents

VP of Sales, North America

Dave Carr

VP of Sales, North America

Dave Carr is the Vice President of Sales at Levvel. He brings over 18 years of experience in IT Consulting and Software business development. Dave spent 8 years with Keane, Inc. followed by several successful years leading and growing sales for the South East region for Amentra, Inc. Amentra was acquired by Red Hat in 2008 wherein he assumed a Key Account Executive role working with a variety of Fortune 100 accounts. Dave is known for his strong history and passion for partnering with customers to solve business problems and business transformation initiatives. His success over the years is attributed to his focus on crafting the right technology solutions to meet disparate business needs.

VP of Services, Global

Eric LaForce

VP of Services, Global

Eric LaForce is Levvel’s VP of Services and manages the logistics and processes across the company’s various regions. He has extensive experience in technology leadership, software consulting, and delivering successful technology focused projects in disparate industries. In previous roles, he helped build cohesive and effective teams, raised the quality and effectiveness of consulting services, and built effective processes designed for specific organizations—instead of forcing a one-size-fits-all approach. Eric brings these abilities to Levvel, where he works to ensure that the company gives each client the best possible experience and services.

VP of Corporate Development, North America

Manoj Govindan

VP of Corporate Development, North America

Manoj Govindan is VP of Corporate Development at Levvel seeking to leverage his network of investors, C-suite technology and business executives and entrepreneurs to drive new business opportunities for Levvel. Previously, Manoj served as marketing and strategic partnership executive at Wells Fargo & Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was architect to a portfolio of key innovative partnerships for enterprise technology with VC firms, startups, large tech M&A and research universities while discovering and developing relevant business opportunities for technology and telecommunications banking.

VP of Business Development, Asia-Pacific

Antoine Acklin

VP of Business Development, Asia-Pacific

Antoine is the VP of Business Development at Levvel Asia-Pacific. He has a proven record of helping multinational organisations solve complex business problems by leveraging the convergence of digital technology and culture change. Antoine previously served as the APJ Head of Application Transformation & ANZ Head of Consulting at EMC. He is also the CEO of the Telco Together Foundation, an industry charitable organisation focused on unlocking the power of the telecommunications industry to support disadvantaged communities.

VP of Finance, Global

Steve Bernet

VP of Finance, Global

Steve is Levvel’s VP of Finance and manages all finance and accounting operations across the company’s various regions. Prior to joining Levvel, Steve worked in equity research at a boutique investment bank and did consulting for a diverse investor base in the financials services industry. He leverages his experience working with corporate executives, bankers, and private investors to help Levvel navigate strategic financial decisions.

VP of Delivery, North America

Keith LaForce

VP of Delivery, North America

Keith LaForce is Levvel’s VP of Delivery and is responsible for managing the processes and people to ensure quality work is delivered to Levvel’s clients. Keith has 15 years of engineering consulting experience that ranges from application development, enterprise architecture, devops, and technology leadership. Keith has worked in Fortune 10 insurance and financial services organizations setting the standards for architecture, delivery, and implementation processes. In previous roles, Keith specialized in providing digital transformation solutions for clients across a variety of industry verticals. Through Keith’s extensive consulting experience, he is influencing how Levvel delivers consistent engagement models across all our clients to ensure a great client experience.

HR Manager

Lia Rollman

HR Manager

Lia is Levvel’s Human Resources Manager and oversees all North American HR operations. Before joining Levvel, Lia worked as an executive with Target and spent several years working in a variety of HR roles and education, with a focus on employee relations, performance management, recruiting, and talent development. Lia is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certified manager and an active member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Lia’s passion for helping others provides a natural alignment in implementing Levvel’s foundational core values while driving business through culture and people.

Practice Leads

DevOps Practice Lead, North America

Srinivas "CJ" Coimbatore

DevOps Practice Lead, North America

Srinivas “CJ” Coimbatore has over two decades of experience in diverse disciplines such as sales, marketing, software development, architecture and delivery, and has worked with teams in all of the major geographies. He is an effective change agent and is very interested in collaborating with teams that are involved in transforming their process through DevOps. In his spare time, he follows Formula 1 racing teams, rides his motorcycle, and—along with his friends—helps raise money for children with health challenges and for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Angels Among Us. He hopes to eventually spend more time teaching math and science to children.

Payments Practice Lead, North America

Scott Harkey

Payments Practice Lead, North America

Scott Harkey leads the Payments and Financial Services work at Levvel. He has 15 years of banking experience including leading the technology team that implemented digital wallet products at Bank of America along with 10 years of technology merger integration and IT operations outsourcing work at Wells Fargo. Scott brings a unique “insider” point of view combined with a proven track record of delivery to banks, technology providers, and merchants exploring the digital payments space.

Cloud Practice Lead, North America

Justin Garrick

Cloud Practice Lead, North America

Justin leads the Cloud Practice at Levvel and has 12 years of experience architecting, developing, and delivering software solutions at scale, with a special focus on security and compliance in regulated industries. As an early (2006) adopter of public cloud tech, he has insider understanding of the nuances and pitfalls of cloud platforms and is able to relay this experience to executives, legal teams, auditors, and implementors alike. Justin holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University, and his previous experience includes consulting with a unique blend of early stage startups and Fortune 100 enterprises.

Design Practice Lead, North America

Devin Smith

Design Practice Lead, North America

Devin Smith leads Design at Levvel. He has 19 years of design and front-end development experience spanning several industries, including eCommerce, financial services, and marketing. Devin’s prior experience includes serving as a Customer Experience Lead and subject matter expert on consumer-facing design systems at Wells Fargo serving a user base of 26 million. He uses design thinking to provide a holistic, customer-centered, and cross-functional approach that creates team alignment to solve real business problems with the ultimate goal of creating surprise and delight at the intersection of customer and business needs.

App Dev Practice Lead, Asia-Pacific

Bhupesh Arya

App Dev Practice Lead, Asia-Pacific

Bhupesh is the Asia-Pacific App Dev Practice Lead at Levvel. He has more than 20 years of experience in various technical and business leadership roles and relishes building and leading high-performance teams to deliver technology solutions for enterprises. Bhupesh specialises in areas such as Digital Strategy, Enterprise Mobility, DevOps, Digital Architecture, Real-Time Big Data Analytics, AI & Digital Transformation Solutions. Bhupesh has worked for and consulted to organisations across Asia-Pacific

DevOps and Cloud Practice Lead, Asia-Pacific

James Buckett

DevOps and Cloud Practice Lead, Asia-Pacific

James is the Asia-Pacific DevOps and Cloud Practice Lead at Levvel. He has over two decades of experience in diverse disciplines such as technical strategy, sales, and delivery, and has worked with Clients across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. James specialises in Data Centre transformation and automation and is the co-organiser of the Melbourne and Singapore Kubernetes User Groups and is a frequent speaker on the topic of containers and orchestration.

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