Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Jamie brings over 15 years of experience in investment banking and entrepreneurial startups to his role as CEO of KineticD. Jamie’s prior business accomplishments are long and varied. He was at Salomon Brothers in London, where he helped build the equity derivatives department into an important profit centre. He then embarked on his future as an entrepreneur, acquiring Wood Printing & Graphics, and later co-founding integrated marketing communications company Sonar Group.
Jamie then established a solid foundation for Truition Inc., a leading on-demand eCommerce solution provider that was sold to CDC Software.
Jamie holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.
Founder, Chief Technology Officer & Director
Tim is the inventor of KineticD. His main goal was – and continues to be – the enhancement of our products to drive client satisfaction. As Tim puts it, “I do very complicated things to make our customers’ lives simpler.”
One of his early achievements was streamlining the office practices at IBM with an online fax product that eliminated bottlenecks for the sales team during product releases. Observing that time-consuming lineups would occur frequently, he designed a solution that was then sold to 8 other IBM offices around the world.
Prior to developing KineticD, Tim was a Marketing Representative and Systems Engineer at IBM, where he put his expertise and insight to use in all ends of the product development spectrum.
Striking out on his own as an IT consultant, Tim developed internet-based solutions for a variety of clients, from technology vendors to major Canadian finance organizations.
Tim eventually became CTO for one of his clients: BayStreetDirect.com, which was recently bought by NIAD Systems.
Tim holds a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
M.W. (Peggy) Bennett
Chief Financial Officer
Peggy Bennett is an experienced Chartered Accountant whose expertise has been called upon by a wide range of clients, many of whom are involved in the venture capital and financial services industry.
Ms. Bennett obtained her C.A. in 1979 while with Deloitte, where she worked as a tax manager. She went on to open her own accounting practice in 1990. More recently, Ms. Bennett has served as CFO for Polar Capital Corporation, which operates a group of offshore hedge funds, as well as a private equity division.
Peggy has served as CFO for KineticD since its inception, and is responsible for all accounting and taxation matters for the company.
VP of Sales & Marketing
Lars brings over 15 years of experience in successful, fast-growing Internet and software companies to the KineticD team. A blend of strategic thinking, detailed understanding of technology, marketing acumen and hands-on approaches has made Lars successful in leading and driving sales (both pre- and post), managing key enterprise accounts, building and managing channels (VAR and MSSP), OEM revenue, strategic alliances, technology partnerships and developing new markets from the ground up. Having lived and worked in Canada, the US, Europe and Latin America, Lars also brings his global experience to help KineticD reach IT decision makers around the world.
Lars has had the privilege to work under the guidance of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the industry, both in the US and Europe. Previously, he supported the aggressive international expansion of Qualys, a pioneer in the Software as a Service (SaaS) model in the network security space and the leader in Vulnerability Management. Prior to Qualys, Lars built ArcSight’s industry-leading technical partner program and drove alliances with strategic partners like Cisco, HP, IBM, Oracle, McAfee and Deloitte. ArcSight was acquired by HP for $1.5 Billion in 2010.
VP of Customer Care
Jim Leitch brings over 20 years’ experience in customer support in a technology environment. He began his career at Bell Canada in a technical role and then moved into management roles in technology and marketing.
He then joined Research In Motion as the global director of Blackberry customer support and helped build its Support Centre into a global organization. After seven years at RIM he joined Eloqua and built its support organization into a global entity.
Jim then took on a number of consulting roles at CAPREIT and Toronto Hydro before joining KineticD as the vice president of customer care where he is responsible for all dimensions of the customer experience. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Literature and Philosophy from York University.
Director of Technical Sales
Ben Puzzuoli brings almost a decade of experience in the disaster recovery market to the KineticD team. Ben joins the KineticD team through the acquisition of ROBOBAK, a company he co-founded in 2003. At ROBOBAK, Ben held the position of CEO where he was recognized for his technical knowledge, strategic decision making and ability to focus on the bottom line. Ben is a true believer in getting his hands dirty and will often be found speaking with clients, resellers and even answering support. He is convinced that this will empower him to better understand and serve his customers’ needs.
Ben currently sits on the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s loan committee board where he donates his time to help educate, motivate and empower today’s young entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Ben graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honors degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.
Director of Development
Rob Puzzuoli comes to KineticD through the acquisition of ROBOBAK, a company he co-founded in 2003.
As Chief Systems Architect at ROBOBAK, Rob Puzzuoli focused on managing the entire software development team and participated in system architecture planning through an internal system that he took part in designing.
Rob now works closely with the CTO to manage the development and support teams at KineticD. Together they ensure that the technologies they build scale to fit the needs of over 40,000 users and company partners.
Rob graduated from St. Clair College with a diploma in Computer Science and holds a variety of Windows and VMware certifications.
VP Datacenter Operations
Troy brings over 15 years of IT experience encompassing the public and private sectors with 12 of those years servicing the financial services business. For 12+ years Troy worked for Citi Technology and Infrastructure with CITI, one of the largest financial services institutions globally. During this time Troy was the Canada country head for the ICG CTI team, the NAM CTI head for the GTS business and was the Securities and Fund Services global head of CTI Service Delivery Management, a business aligned role leading all technology infrastructure management efforts for the SFS business. Troy’s direct and indirect management responsibilities included full datacenter operations including technology management of Help Desk services, Desktop Services, Sun Solaris, AIX, iSeries (AS400), pSeries, MS Windows, Oracle, Help Systems Sequel, MS SQL, DB2, Nortel\Cisco routers, switches, data centers, and Avaya PBX telephony providing support for multiple lines of business across the NAM, EMEA and AsiaPAC regions.
Troy graduated from Humber College’s 3 year Computer Information Services diploma in 1998.
Director of Product Management
Leslie Persaud is responsible for product management at KineticD. He has over 15 years’ experience in in the high tech industry with expertise in the design, development, and marketing of software solutions. He has served as product leader, responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Fujifilm, Logitech and Intuit.
Leslie’s ability to drive product strategic with customer centricity has made him successful in building and launching award winning solutions for global markets with revenue in excess of $100m. Leslie’s focus on research, design and his global experience will help KineticD design innovated products that addresses the global market.
Leslie started his career in software engineering at ATI Technologies Inc., a world leader in graphics, video and multimedia products and possesses both a strong technical and business background. Leslie graduated with a diploma in Computer Science and holds a variety of Product and Project Management certifications.