Management at Librestream
Kerry Thacher, B.Sc. (Eng.) P. Eng, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Kerry Thacher is a graduate Electrical Engineer and MBA from the University of Manitoba. He is currently CEO and founder of Librestream Technologies Inc.
Prior to founding Librestream, Kerry was Vice President of Symbol Technologies Inc., a New York based global leader in the Enterprise Mobility market. He was responsible for Symbol's Winnipeg operations that developed a variety of mobile computing products that achieved revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Kerry had previously founded and was CEO of AirWire Mobile Technologies, which was acquired by Symbol in 1999. AirWire was involved in the development and manufacturing of hand held devices for the health care marketplace.
Kerry's entrepreneurial career began in 1988, when he co-founded and acted as CEO for Ubitrex Corporation. The company developed a system to automate the capture of clinical data by nursing staff. The company was venture capital backed and was acquired by Continental Healthcare Systems of Overland Park Kansas in 1994. Kerry was responsible for Continental's Canadian operations, until he founded AirWire in 1996.
Jereme Pitts, Executive MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Jereme is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Anderson School of Business of the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined Librestream as Chief Operating Officer in 2013 to lead the company's sales, marketing and business development initiatives.
He brings a proven track record in sales leadership and deep experience in the video technology market as well as enterprise software sales. In 1999, Jereme co-founded Accordent Technologies Inc., a leading provider of video content management and delivery solutions, where he served as its Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, Jereme grew revenue from $0 to $20M resulting in the sale of the business in 2011 to Polycom Inc., a global leading unified communications company. While with Polycom, Jereme successfully integrated the business and achieved 100% growth in revenue year over year.
Jereme had previously served as Vice President of Sales at Downtown Button & Supply and at Security Printing. He has broad knowledge and understanding of the webcasting, web conferencing and web collaboration industries and their associated business models, technologies, products, pricing and competition.
VP Business Development
Charlie brings more than 20 years experience in technical business development, sales, and product management to Librestream, where he is responsible for sales expansion via strategic partners and channels. His diverse industry experience includes digital media, optical communications, aerospace, and industrial process measurement.
Prior to Librestream, Charlie was VP of Partner Sales at Inlet Technologies, a leader in live, over-the-top video streaming. In this role, he established relationships with systems integrators, content owners, and broadcasters to deliver live and on-demand video to any device, anywhere. His customers included ESPN, Major League Baseball, Apple, Microsoft, NBCU, and others. Inlet was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2011.
Previously, Charlie held increasingly senior roles at JDS Uniphase, ultimately as Director of JDSU's Integrated Optics Business Unit, where he led the growth of its high speed optical components business to over $100M annually. He began his career with AT&T, where he held various roles in sales, product management, and finance.
Bill Gillanders, B.Sc. (Eng.) P. Eng
William (Bill) Gillanders is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is currently Vice President of Engineering and a founding member of Librestream Technologies Inc.
Prior to Librestream, Bill was Senior Director of Programs for Symbol Technologies Inc. Winnipeg Product Development office. Bill's responsibility at Symbol was the establishment and maintenance of the Project Management Office, while overseeing the development of various Enterprise Mobility products. Bill led and guided project teams to deliver products on time and within budget, achieving revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Prior to Symbol Technologies, Bill held progressively more senior roles with Lockheed Martin Corp. developing airborne electronic systems ranging from mission computers to radars. His entrance to the industry began on the operations side of electronic product development for Unisys.
Marieke Wijtkamp, B.Comm(Honours), MBA
VP, Marketing & Client Services
Marieke Wijtkamp holds her Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees from the University of Manitoba. She brings 15 years of marketing and senior leadership experience to Librestream.
Ms. Wijtkamp has held prior positions in marketing, business development, strategic planning and corporate leadership in several technology companies. Most recently she was the President & COO of OMT (TSX:OMT). In that position, she spent six years leading the company's two technology service-based operating divisions. Prior to OMT, Ms. Wijtkamp was VP Marketing/Strategic Planning at Norsat International Inc. (NASDAQ:NSAT, TSX:NII), a satellite technology company and Infocorp Computer Solutions (TSX:INP), an international business software solutions company.
Kent Wotherspoon, B.Sc. (Eng.)
Director, Systems and Software Engineering
Kent Wotherspoon is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is currently Director of Systems and Software Engineering and a founding member of Librestream. Prior to Librestream, Kent was a Senior Software Engineer for Symbol Technologies Inc. Winnipeg Product Development office. Kent's responsibility at Symbol was technical lead and software developer on enterprise mobility products, with the primary focus being Voice-over-IP solutions for wireless handheld devices. Prior to Symbol Technologies, Kent came from Edge Networks Corporation where he was technical lead and developer of a broadcast-quality transcoding multimedia streaming server. Kent spent the first 12 years of his 23 year career with Lockheed Martin Corporation, moving from ASIC developer to software developer and eventually to the role of Principal Systems Engineer on a variety of airborne and naval mission computer development projects.
Don Freiling, B.Sc. (Eng.)
Principal Systems Architect
Don Freiling earned his B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1991. As a founding member of Librestream, Don led the development of the hardware architecture behind Librestream's innovative mobile collaboration devices and has been a key contributor to system implementation. In his role as Principal Systems Architect he continues to drive the technical evolution of Librestream's products. Prior to Librestream, Don was a Senior Engineer for Symbol Technologies Inc. at their Winnipeg Product Development office. At Symbol, he was responsible for architecture, design and implementation of all aspects of hardware and software for wireless hand held computer systems. Don has over 17 years of engineering experience and has held hardware and/or software development positions at several additional companies including: Amdahl, Northern Telecom, Unisys Systems, Continental Healthcare Systems, and Airwire Mobile Technologies.
Gilles Aminot, B.Sc. (Eng)
Manager, Hardware Engineering
Gilles Aminot is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Gilles has spent his last 16 years working as a Hardware Design Engineer and is currently the Director of the Hardware Engineering group at Librestream. Prior to Librestream Gilles was self-employed as a contract engineer providing hardware and software solutions for companies such as Intermec Technologies and Magellan Aerospace. Before this, Gilles served as Sr. Hardware Engineer and Program Manager for Symbol Technologies Inc., where he was responsible for the development of embedded portable and fixed mounted devices. In addition to working as Hardware Technical Lead, Gilles was involved in all aspects of product development from conception to high volume manufacturing. Earlier in his career, he designed fiber optic cable monitoring equipment for Norscan Instruments Ltd. where he co-authored several patents.