Crosslake Leadership
Tenured experts in software technologies.
Russ Albright
Founder & CEO
Russ has over 25 years of engineering team leadership including Microsoft, where he was a member of Engineering excellence and...more about Russ.
Hazem Abolrous
Managing Director, Europe & Labs
With 23 years of experience in business and the software industry, Hazem leads Crosslake Labs where his hands-on...more about Hazem.
Kim Walters
Managing Director, Organization and Process, Exit Prep
With over 25 years of management experience in technology and engineering, including 18 years with Microsoft within...more about Kim.
Uma Palepu
Practice Director, Architecture and DevOps
Uma has 25+ years of experience developing commercial enterprise software and leading geo-distributed teams of...more about Uma.
Rocky Vienna
Practice Director, IT and Cybersecurity
Rocky Vienna, a Silicon Valley executive, has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Business Operations...more about Rocky.
Steven Gage
Practice Director, Product Vision, Strategy, and Execution
Steve has 25+ years of experience in successfully building and selling startups as a CTO. He now works on helping growth...more about Steven.
Practice Director, Equity
Breen has over 30 years of experience in advanced technology development and executive management in the creation of internet products...more about Breen.
Judi Albright
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Judi comes to us with extensive experience in business development and strategic sales at several...more about Judi.
Oreo
Chief Puppy Officer
Our Chief Puppy officer, Oreo, can be seen most days, building her following on Instagram or Twitter or consulting on questions about...more about Oreo.
Founder & CEO
Russ Albright
Russ has over 25 years of engineering team leadership including Microsoft, where he was a member of Engineering excellence and helped redesign Windows end-to-end engineering practices and project management systems, resulting in better alignment of product and engineering feature plans and re-allocation of Windows headcount.
Managing Director, Europe and Crosslake Labs
Hazem Abolrous
With 23 years of experience in business and the software industry, Hazem leads Crosslake Labs. His hands-on management style and deep experience in software innovation management and organizational transformation in global settings, give him the tools and expertise to lead and manage our Software Development Partner practice. Areas of expertise include software development lifecycle, learning and development, agile development and coaching, and innovation management and implementation.
Director, IT and Cybersecurity
Rocky Vienna
Rocky Vienna, a Silicon Valley executive, has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Business Operations. He has held VP of Technology, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operating Officer positions. Rocky is well versed in International Technology and Business Strategy, Cybersecurity, and Business Operations. Rocky's experience includes International Banking and Finance, Hardware and Software Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Education, Healthcare, Digital Media, and e-Commerce.
Service Director DevOps and CI/CD
Uma Palepu
Uma has 25+ years of experience developing commercial enterprise software and leading geo-distributed teams of 150+ working at companies like Mitchell, EMC, Captiva, Stac & DCA. His domain experience includes Workers Comp & Medical Casualty Insurance, Healthcare, Enterprise Content Management, Data Capture, Data Management, Data Compression and Backup/Disaster Recovery. Uma has a Bachelor's (Electrical Engineering) from Punjab University, an MBA and MS (Strategic Management) from Kelley School of Business, Indiana.
Chief Customer Officer
Judi Albright
As Chief Customer Officer, Judi comes to us with extensive experience in business development and strategic sales at several large enterprise technology companies including Oracle and EMC. Judi's success is in translating business requirements to technology solutions that address the largest client issues. Judi has also been instrumental in growing the organization by training and mentoring and taking an active role in sales leadership.
Chief Puppy Officer
Oreo
Our Chief Puppy officer, Oreo, can be seen most days, building her following on Instagram or Twitter or consulting on questions about architecture or the newest software. Oreo stays busy pulling our agile teams together, ensuring efficient delivery of software and meeting client deadlines. She also is very timely about her afternoon nap, sometimes sleeping under the desks which reminds her boss, Russ, of the time he spent at Microsoft, sleeping under his desk to ensure new software programs were delivered on time. Call ahead for an appointment, in case she is out at a social event or with her groomer.
Practice Director, Organization & Process
Kim Walters
With over 25 years of management experience in technology and engineering, including 18 years with Microsoft within Engineering, Kim has proven expertise in developing a strategic vision and helping lead large teams to execute on the strategy using an agile and iterative approach. She has a proven track record of delivering continuous value to customers by optimizing resourcing, delivering on time and within budget. During her career, she has cultivated an excellent reputation for being extremely organized, a cross-team collaborator, and an aptitude for solving difficult business problems with a mix of process improvements and technological innovations.
Breen Liblong
Breen has over 30 years of experience in advanced technology development and executive management in the creation of Internet products and services, from strategy to release. His early experience as a developer focused on VLSI CAD tools and AI systems for map conversion, fault detection and diagnosis, and power monitoring. For the past 15 years he has held leadership positions in AltaVista, Verano (now part of Leidos), Wurldtech, Neverblue, and Digital River World Payments, in the fields of search engines, critical infrastructure cyber-security custom appliances (both custom hw and sw), performance advertising, and online payments products including back end (transactions, billing, reporting, reconciliation) and front end (web and remote POS app) systems. Breen holds B.Sc. (Dist.) and M.Sc. Computer Science degrees from the University of Calgary.

Practice Director, Product
Steven Gage
Steve has 25+ years of experience in successfully building and selling startups as a CTO. He now works on helping growth stage companies optimize their product offerings, measure their impact, and drive change across their Tech stack and Product Organization to achieve their business goals.
Practice Director, Digital Business & Cybersecurity
Dean Willard
Former Accenture Technology Consulting Partner and T-Mobile US Enterprise Security VP with 30 years of technology experience and strong strategic, analytical and leadership capabilities. Focused on innovative, business-results-focused, risk-managed and cost-effective technology service delivery. Experience with all aspects of technology organization and infrastructure in telecommunications, hi-tech, financial services, retail, and professional services industries with national and international scope.

Manager of multi-million dollar budgets, complex technology initiatives and talented people in direct accountability, highly-matrixed, and third party relationships. Skilled at incorporating and reconciling competing business and technology needs. Develop frameworks, architectures, methods, and processes that build common vision and facilitate timely and effective service delivery. Approachable leader with strong mentoring and people development skills. Experienced contract negotiator. Adept at developing strong, cooperative relationships with internal/external clients and service providers.
Practice Director, Europe
Agu Aarna
Agu is an ICT management professional with 20 years of experience within the industry. Engineer at heart, he has strong technical background and deep experience within modern technology, software development and product management. He has facilitated and executed numerous organizational transformations, groomed organizations and teams during high growth stages to sustain rapid expansion, successfully driven innovation and migrations to cloud unlocking high data load potential and economies at scale. Having set up multiple near and far-shore operations he is comfortable working in multicultural and highly distributed environment, driving effort in teams staffed with senior and experienced SMEs and engineers.