Chief Executive Officer
Aram Mirkazemi (BE Tas) was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 and is an Executive Director of the Board. Aram is passionate about software development and has been at the forefront of CAD software development and web-based technology for over 20 years, at executive and senior management level.
He has been a driving force at Altium since the early 1990s. Aram commenced his career with Altium as Director of Research and Development from 1992-1999 (being a member of the Altium Board from 1992-2000). Following a successful IPO in 1999, Aram left Altium to explore his interest in web-based software systems and went on to found Morfik Technology. He returned to Altium in 2010 as part of the Morfik acquisition and was appointed Head of Engineering, and later Chief Technology Officer.
As CEO, Aram is leading the company’s transformation to a world class PCB tool provider which not only dominates the mainstream PCB market, but is also expanding its reach into the higher-end and the low-end PCB market segments.
Sam Weiss (AB, Harvard College; MS, Columbia University Business School, FAICD) joined the Altium Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2007 and was elected Chairman of the Board on 4 October of that year.
Sam is a highly experienced Company Chairman and Non-executive Director. He has been instrumental in the growth and leadership of Altium Limited over the past ten years as the Company has generated shareholder value through superior technology and strategy, capital and financial controls, and strong corporate governance. His experience in global markets has helped the Company on its journey to market leadership in electronics design for Printed Circuit Boards.
Sam is Chairman of 3PLearning Limited and former Chairman of Open Universities Australia Pty Ltd, The Benevolent Society and The Sydney Festival. He has been a Non-executive Director of Breville Group Limited, iProperty Group Limited and Oroton Group Limited. Sam brings to Altium more than twenty years of valuable Boardroom experience in remuneration policy and planning, people management and leadership development and global brand building as well as in depth knowledge of public and capital markets and the regulatory environment. Sam has lived and worked in Asia, the United States, Europe as well as Australia with executive roles in large multi-national corporations.
Chief Technology Officer & Head of Engineering
Sergey Kostinsky has recently been appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Altium, was continuing to hold the role of Head of Engineering, which he has held since May 2014. Sergey has 20 years of extensive experience at a senior management level in CAD software development and web-based technology. Prior to rejoining Altium as VP Engineering in 2010, as part of the Morfik Technology acquisition, Sergey served as Director, Product Development. Sergey was also one of the founding members of the Dream Company, a Ukraine component development company which was acquired by Altium in 2001. He is outstanding in creating, directing and managing complex software engineering projects and products, and has been the driving force behind Altium R&D.
Sergey is responsible for driving optimal performance in all aspects of our engineering efforts and leads a global team of high calibre engineers. In his role as CTO, Sergey is responsible for developing and shaping the technological direction of Altium to underpin the company’s bid for PCB market leadership and going beyond to bring about a transformation to electronics design.
Sergey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the National Technical University of Ukraine.
Raelene Murphy, BBus, FCA, GAICD was appointed to the Altium Board on the 21 Sept 2016. Raelene is highly experienced in driving financial and operational performance as an executive, advisor and non-executive director in a number of industry sectors in the private and public arena. In particular her expertise has been in M&A and post-acquisition integration, two areas that are germane to the strategic plans of Altium.
During her career, Raelene has been a partner at a national accounting firm, Finance Director of the Davenport Group and CEO of the Delta Group. More recently, she served as Managing Director of 333 Management, a part of KordaMentha where she was a lead partner on the Federal Government strategic review of the NBN.
Raelene is also a non-executive director of ASX listed Bega Cheese Limited, Service Stream Limited, Clean Seas Seafood Limited and Integral Diagnostics Limited. She is a former director of EVZ Limited, Tassal Group Limited and Deputy Chairman of the DOXA Youth Foundation.
Raelene is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Lynn Mickleburgh, joined the Altium Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 March 2017. Lynn is currently Head of Business Optimization at Atlassian Inc. Her prior experience includes VP Finance at Citrix Systems, various leadership roles at Adobe Systems and Apple Computer.
Lynn has many years of experience in transforming and scaling software companies, and brings valuable expertise to the Board in B2B multi-channel commerce; Cloud/SAAS business models; moving from perpetual to subscription; customer experience; corporate strategy and planning; people, process and technology infrastructure; and M&A integrations.
Lynn holds a BSc (with Honours) in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK and an MBA in Business Management from St. Edward’s University in the US. Lynn is a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees of the Board.
Wendy Stops (BAppSc (Information Technology), GAICD) was appointed to the Altium Board on the 1 February 2018 as a Non-Executive Independent Director.
Wendy had a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years at Accenture, the leading global strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations professional services company. Her leadership roles there included Senior Managing Director for Technology, Asia Pacific, and Global Managing Director for Technology, Quality. She is a flexible and adaptable leader, with broad experience across multiple industry sectors, and multiple countries (including living in Australia, USA, Singapore and Malaysia), working with diverse technologies and solutions ranging from traditional to digital and managing P&L up to $3.5 billion and 11,500 personnel across 13 countries.
Wendy brings to the Altium Ltd Board a deep understanding of technology and its applications in a range of industries that are important to Altium as it expands its business into new areas of electronic design. Her skills and experience at people management and motivation, leadership development and optimizing organization design for high performance will assist Altium to achieve its goal of market leadership through growth in revenue and earnings.
Since retiring from Accenture Wendy has been appointed to the Board of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), the Council of The University of Melbourne and the Board of Fitted for Work.
Wendy is the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.