Tim Estes has served as the CEO of Digital Reasoning Systems since founding the company over nine years ago. Tim received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Virginia where his broad academic studies included the areas of Philosophy of Language, Mathematical Logic, Semiotics, and related disciplines. Tim founded Digital Reasoning in 2000 with a vision to create software-based intelligent learning systems. This led to the breakthrough technology and intellectual property which is at the core of Digital Reasoning and our flagship product, Synthesys.
Responsible for the company’s business and sales strategy, Rob Metcalf brings over a decade of experience in technology and information services businesses around the world. Prior to joining Digital Reasoning, Rob helped build software and information services businesses for LexisNexis in Mexico City, Toronto and Raleigh. As Vice President of Operations for Global Practice Management, Rob oversaw numerous acquisitions and key investments at the forefront of the company’s solution strategy. Prior to LexisNexis, Rob worked in Boston and San Francisco with The Parthenon Group, a strategy consultancy. Rob earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his AB, Summa Cum Laude, from Princeton University.
Kenneth G. Elzinga
Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Chair in Economics at the University of Virginia. He was the first recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University, a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as awards in education from the Kenan and Templeton foundations. In 1992, he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor the University of Virginia accords its faculty. Mr. Elzinga’s major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market definition. He has testified in several precedent-setting antitrust cases. The author of more than seventy academic publications, he also is known for three mystery novels, co-authored with William Breit (under the pen name Marshall Jevons) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime.
Mr. Elzinga also is a past president of the Southern Economic Association, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the national Board of Directors of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and the Board of Trustees at Hope College. Mr. Elzinga has a B.A. and honorary doctorate from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia since 1967.
Mr. Elzinga is a world-renowned authority on macroeconomics and anti-trust issues. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Dairy Queen, Albertsons, Monsanto, Cargill, Safeway, and RJR.
Mr. Brennan joined Silver Lake in 2008 and is a Managing Director focused on the firm’s middle market strategy, Silver Lake Sumeru. He has significant experience as a senior executive in technology companies and in strategy consulting. Prior to joining Silver Lake Sumeru, Mr. Brennan was at Adobe Systems where he most recently led the company’s Platform Software business unit. In addition, Mr. Brennan directed the activities of Adobe’s Creative Professional business unit in an operating capacity in 2005. Prior to Adobe Systems, Mr. Brennan was with Hewlett-Packard Company, where as Senior Vice President of SMB segment operations, he was responsible for the sales and marketing of the portfolio of products targeted at the SMB segment. Mr. Brennan also spent 8 years working for Accenture Strategic Services where he was a Principal and Associate Partner of Electronics and High-Tech Practice. Mr. Brennan is a director on the boards of AVI-SPL, and Opera Solutions. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Conde is a senior advisor to TPG Capital, and also to Providence Equity Partners. He serves on the board of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). He is also on the board of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and on the board of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He is a partner at the Partnership for New York City, a member of the Centennial Society of The Economic Club of New York, and a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Cristóbal Conde stepped down as SunGard’s president and chief executive officer in May 2011, a post he had held since 2002. Previously, he headed up SunGard’s Trading Systems division, which he started in 1990. At the time of his departure, SunGard had revenues of $5.6 Billion, employed 26,000, was ranked #380 on the Fortune 500 list, and was the largest privately-held business software and IT services company in the world.
Prior to joining SunGard, Mr. Conde co-founded Devon Systems, which was acquired by SunGard in 1987. At the time, Devon Systems specialized in risk management and record-keeping systems for the interest rate and currency derivatives markets. Born in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Conde is a U.S. citizen and holds a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from Yale University.