Leadership Team


Steve Shine
CEO

Steve is CEO and President of Qognify which he joined in 2018. Prior to Qognify, Steve was CEO at Actian Corporation from 2011-2016 where he led a program of sustained organic and acquisition growth to position the company as a leading innovator in big data management and analytics and cloud integration. Prior to Actian, Steve was with Sybase as senior vice president and general manager for EMEA, overseeing all operational, sales, financial and human resources in the region. Prior to Sybase, Steve was at Canadian-based Geac Computer Corporation for ten years, helping to successfully turn around two major global divisions for the ERP firm. Steve holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Manchester University and lives in London with his partner and two children.




Miki Katz
Chief Financial Officer

Miki Katz joined Qognify in 2016. He has over 20 years of experience in Finance and business operations across global, public and private companies. Prior to joining Qognify, Miki was the VP finance and Business Operations for Radware Inc., CFO and COO for Ness Technologies North America and VP Finance for Verint Systems Inc. Miki holds an MBA and BA in economics and business administration from Bar Ilan University.




Chen Porat
Vice President of Research & Development

Chen joined Qognify in 2018. Prior to his current role as VP R&D, he worked at Nokia where he was a Program Head of Network Analytics and 3D Geo-Location. The 3D Geo-Location product was developed by NICE Optimize, a unit that Chen had formed, led and successfully sold to Nokia. Chen's experience includes a wide range of executive management positions in large and medium size companies, including Nasdaq-listed Comverse and Nova Measuring Instruments. Chen holds a B.Sc from The Technion Israeli Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.




Minnie Punj-Introne
SVP of Global Services

Minnie Punj-Introne joined Qognify in 2019, to lead worldwide services and support groups and help integrate our recent acquisitions. Minnie has more than 15 years of experience helping global customers realize value from their software investments. Prior to joining Qognify, Minnie held senior positions at Opera Solutions and Knoa Software, leading cross-functional teams and using data to drive strategic decision making. Minnie earned a Masters degree in Economics from Panjab University and a Diploma in Computer Science from IBM India.




Gili Rom
Vice President Global Business Operations

Gili Rom has been with Qognify, since 2002 working in a variety of roles including leading the Solution Engineers team for the Americas since 2012. Armed with market-, customer- and technology-specific experience and knowledge, Gili is well placed to head up our Global Business Operations unit. She holds an International MBA from the College of Management in Israel, graduating with honors, and a B.A. from the University of Tel Aviv in Political Science.




Marc Whalen
Vice President of Sales

Marc Whalen has been with Qognify since 2006 working in a variety of roles from regional sales to managing sales teams in the Eastern US and Latin America. Prior to joining Qognify, Marc held sales and management positions at organizations such as Siemens Building Technologies and Onity. Marc has 25 years of experience in the security industry and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from the University of Florida.




Kenneth LaMarca
Vice President of Sales

Ken LaMarca is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at On-Net Surveillance Systems. Mr. LaMarca has been in this role since May 2013 and is responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of the company's sales, marketing and operations initiatives. Mr. LaMarca has more than 25 years of industry experience and was formerly at Sony Electronics where he held Vice President/General Manager positions in the Security Systems Division and also the Visual Imaging Division.

Mr. LaMarca is a security industry expert, and is proficient in creating, building and managing successful businesses in this field. He is proficient in networking and/or analog product portfolios, and specializes in industry associations, acquisitions, mergers and building new businesses.




Andreas Beerbaum
Vice President Sales – International

Andreas Beerbaum has been a key figure of the European physical security industry for 20 years. He has proven leadership experience and a strong track record in creating and executing sales and business strategies as well as in setting up and developing international organisations and teams. During his career Andreas held leading sales and management positions at major international security companies such as Tyco, Siemens or Funkwerk. Before the acquisition of OnSSI Group by Qognify he worked for SeeTec as a managing director. He holds a Diploma in industrial engineering and management.




Stephan Rasp
Business Transformation

Stephan Rasp studied Medicine in Mainz and founded his first Software company in 1984. He has worked as a software engineer, in sales and in European management positions in the software industry for over 35 years. He joined SeeTec AG as CEO in 2013 and merged the company with OnSSI Inc. in New York. Previously he was responsible as sales director for Central Europe at Ariba who provide procurement software as a service. He held a similar position at Concur who provide travel and expense management as a service. At Remedy/BMC he was responsible for the EMEA partner business and transformed the acquired Magic Solutions business to a partner centric business model. He was part of the transformation of Cognos from a 4GL company to business intelligence and and managed the DACH region for the object database company Object Design.




Gal Golod
General Counsel

Joining Qognify in 2016, Gal oversees the company's global legal affairs. Prior to joining Qognify, Gal was a senior associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP where he represented technology clients in a wide range of corporate, licensing and transactional matters. Prior to that, Gal spent 10 years as the General Counsel of a high-growth technology company in Israel and the U.S. Gal is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the Israel Bar Association.