Gradleware Team Members

Hans Dockter

Hans Dockter

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Hans is the founder of Gradle and Gradleware. Hans has 13 years of experience as a software developer, team leader, architect, trainer, and technical mentor in vast array of industry sectors such as automotive, finance, public transport and business intelligence. Hans is a thought leader in the field of project automation and has successfully been in charge of numerous large-scale enterprise builds. He is also an advocate of Domain Driven Design, having taught classes and delivered presentations on this topic together with Eric Evans.

Adam Murdoch

Adam Murdoch

Co-Founder and VP of Engineering

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Adam’s vast interests include build and deployment automation, automated software quality systems, web applications, networking, security projects, and software development process improvement. Building software since 1993, he has held technical leadership positions in Australia, the UK, and the US, and served as the architect for IntraVerse Product Suite (now IBM’s Tivoli Access Manager), and as a consultant for Thoughtworks.

Rolf Dockter

Rolf Dockter

CFO

Rolf has a vast history in management and operational systems, and over the course of his 15 years of experience, has been a CPA for Deloitte & Touche and CEO for a number of companies in Germany. He is currently self-employed as a Partner at KRG, a network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services.

Assists Gradleware in all matters of legal issues, taxes, and business strategies, Rolf ensures an entirely smooth and secure process for everyone involved.

Heiko Möhring

Heiko Möhring

Business Director

As the Business Director, Heiko works to optimize & automate operations. He holds a diploma in computer science and business as well as a MBA in entrepreneurship and finance.

Before working for Gradleware, he has worked as a business consultant and has helped small and medium sized businesses to regain and increase their economic success. He also has a deep understanding of large-scale enterprise-IT, as he has worked many years in the IT-Department of a major German retail company.

Daz DeBoer

Daz DeBoer

Principal Engineer

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With a passion for creating simple, effective software, Daz has been developing enterprise applications for over 15 years. Through his experience leading teams on enterprise-scale projects, he is keenly aware of the pain that can result from long build times and lack of project automation. As such, he is excited to be involved in Gradle, which allows him to simplify his builds without sacrificing control, and allows developers to concentrate on what’s important.

Over the years, Daz has been a passionate user and active contributor to an array of open source projects. He has been a committer on Apache Ant, as well as the Apache James mail server. While at ThoughtWorks, Daz assisted with much of the initial JavaScript development for the Selenium testing tool, helping to take it from an internal tool to a wider audience.

Luke Daley

Luke Daley

Principal Engineer

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Luke Daley is an energetic software craftsman, driven to make developer’s lives better by building elegant and empowering tools and libraries. From the early days of his career Luke has been pushing the boundaries of project automation on projects small and large. His penchant for getting things done without compromising on quality naturally attracted him to Gradle and the Gradle community. Luke is passionate about helping teams make sure they are getting everything they can from their tools and builds, and fostering collaborative technical communities around innovative and effective technology.

A long time member of the Groovy open source community, he has created and contributed to many plugins for the Grails web framework as well as being a regular committer to the framework itself. Recently Luke has been working on bringing rapid productivity to web functional and acceptance testing by creating the Geb project.

René Groeschke

René Groeschke

Principal Engineer

René has more than seven years experience in developing software for the enterprise and and defence industry, both nationally and internationally. He regularly shares his passion and experience with bachelor students of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in germany, lecturing on development methodologies and software craftsmanship.

Supporting Gradle and the Gradle community by providing plugins, patches, screencasts and talks since the early days, René has turned his hobby into his occupation and is now part of the core developer team. When he’s not working on Gradle, he’s contributing to other open source projects such as Macports or Griffon. From time to time he’s putting his notebook aside for traveling, riding his motorcycle or to go for a jog.

Rooz Mohazzabi

Rooz Mohazzabi

Director of Sales and Marketing

Rooz is the director of Sales at Gradleware where he is leading the customer support effort. Rooz manages Gradleware’s services that help software organizations of all shapes and sizes implement and/or enhance Gradle for their projects. Rooz is a technical sales and marketing professional with a passion for open source. He specializes in business development, customer support, social media marketing, and community management. Rooz has prior software development experience and holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Santa Clara University.

Benjamin Muschko

Benjamin Muschko

Principal Engineer

Benjamin Muschko is a senior software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in developing and delivering business applications. Ben is currently a Principal Engineer at Gradleware where he works on the Gradle core product and helps Gradleware clients automate their continuous delivery pipelines with Gradle.

Not only is Ben an active Gradle contributor, but he has developed several popular plugins like the Google App Engine and Tomcat plugins to name a few. Ben is also the author of the latest and most complete Gradle book, “Gradle in Action” published by Manning.

Brigitte Schuckert

Brigitte Schuckert

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant Brigitte supports Gradleware in organizational and administrative matters to ensure operation is running smoothly for everyone involved. Furthermore she is engaged in issues concerning the business strategy of Gradleware.

Brigitte holds a Diploma in business economics of university of applied sciences Würzburg and is a qualified tax advisor assistant. During her work for international consultant companies Brigitte gained broad business experiences.

Gary Hale

Gary Hale

Principal Engineer

Gary is a software engineer interested in creating ever more efficient continuous delivery pipelines by automating non-value-added work. He is an IT generalist with over 15 years experience in software development, operations, architecture and everything in between.  He has worked for companies from startups to large organizations in industries such as healthcare, transportation, technology and communications.
Before joining the Gradleware team, Gary was an avid user and advocate of Gradle and is the author of several plugins. He regularly speaks on topics related to devops, software development, and project automation.

Etienne Studer

Etienne Studer

Principal Engineer

Etienne has been working as a developer, architect, project manager, and CTO over the past 15 years. He has spent most of his time building software products from the ground up and successfully shipping them to happy customers. He had the privilege to work in different domains like linguistics, banking, insurance, logistics, and process management. Etienne is convinced that key ingredients of delivering software successfully are simplicity, test-driven development, build automation, customer feedback, continuous improvement, and a team of high technical and social skills.

Etienne used to share his passion for high-productivity tools as an evangelist for JetBrains. He was also a founding member of the JetBrains Development Academy and of Hackergarten. Etienne loves to participate in MOOCs to widen his knowledge on different technical topics. When he is not in front of his laptop, Etienne enjoys spending time with his wife, his two sons, and his two dogs.

Marcin Erdmann

Marcin Erdmann

Principal Engineer

Marcin loves Open Source Software and has a strong need to give back to the community whenever possible. That’s why he’s proud to be the current project lead of Geb, a Groovy Browser automation library. In the past he contributed to many open source projects in the Groovy ecosystem and he enjoys going to conferences both as an attendee and a speaker. That’s where you will find him with a pint of good beer in hand engaged in lengthy discussions on how to make software development process and quality better.
He believes that software should not only work, but it also has to be ‘beautiful under the hood’, maintainable, well-tested and have a clean and consistent codebase. And he can’t imagine coding without doing TDD anymore…

Kon Soulianidis

Kon Soulianidis

Principal Engineer

Kon Soulianidis is a software developer and consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. For the last 10 years, Kon has worked with a variety of enterprises to build solutions running on the JVM and has worked on numerous projects to develop insights into his clients operations and enhance their automation and reporting capabilities.

Kon’s interest in the JVM led him to found Australia’s largest JUG, the Melbourne Java & JVM Users Group that features presentations and discussion on the polyglot nature of the JVM & explores emergent technologies around the platform.

Donát Csikós

Donát Csikós

Principal Engineer

Donát is an enthusiastic software developer focused on various aspects of the Java platform. Previously, he worked at CERN in the development and operations team where one of his main responsibilities was to support the work of two-hundred developers. Donát developed a large-scale Java application to visualize runtime dependencies between software components. He became and still is a huge Eclipse fan. He has developed several plug-ins and enjoys working on IDE extensions as well as playing around with all Eclipse-related technologies.

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