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.
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.
Franklin Donahoe
Chief Security Officer
With 25 years of experience in physical and cybersecurity, business risk and fraud management, Franklin leads Crosslake's....more about Franklin.
Kim Walters
Practice Director
With over 25 years of management experience in technology and engineering, including 18 years with Microsoft within...more about Kim.
Agu Aarna
Practice Director, Europe
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...more about Agu.
Equity Practice Director
Breen has over 30 years of experience in advanced technology development and executive management in the creation of internet products...more about Breen.
Dean Willard
Practice Director, Digital Business & Cybersecurity
Former Accenture Technology Consulting Partner and T-Mobile US Enterprise Security VP with 30 years of technology...more about Dean.
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.
Russ Albright
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.
Chief Security Officer
Franklin Donahoe
With over 25 years of experience managing physical security, cybersecurity, business risk, and fraud management, Franklin leads Crosslake's Cybersecurity practice as Chief Security Officer. Franklin's diverse experience includes acting as a Chief Information Security Officer at Costco Wholesale and others, as well as consulting with Big 4 firms. This knowledge gives him unique perspectives on the integration of security with core IT and business processes. Franklin has developed and managed complex global cyber programs and established effective and efficient DevSecOps, digital transformation, mergers and acquisitions, IoT and OT, security testing and assurance programs, as well as security strategies. Franklin ensures that business, technology, and risk appetites are defined, implemented, and managed across various aspects of the company. Franklin holds a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Washington and two Masters of Science Degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Global Head of Software Strategy
Wayne Filin-Matthews
Wayne comes to Crosslake with more than three decades of experience in the IT industry and a proven track record of transforming businesses. His specialty is in managing and growing enterprise architecture practices in all phases of the IT lifecycle, from strategy and execution to adoption. He has a proven track record of client satisfaction and results and will be Crosslake's head of Global Software Strategy, working with teams in both Europe and the U.S.
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.
Partner
James Waletzky
James is a partner at Crosslake with over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is passionate about improving the performance of software development teams and coaching engineers and on how to realize their full potential, improving the quality of their products while still delivering on time. James has spent many years leading engineering teams with a focus on agile development, while ensuring his roles keep him close to the code and as hands-on as possible. James is a Certified SAFeTMProgram Consultant, Certified Scrum Master, and a member of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.
Practice Director
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.
Partner
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.

Digital Business Cybersecurity Expert
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
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.