Leadership Team

Chris Todd

Chris Todd | President & CEO

Chris is responsible for leading Theatro’s overall direction, strategy, and growth plans.  Chris is a “rollup your sleeves” type leader who is passionate about the strategy of a business.  Chris believes that most every idea can be a winner…it’s all about figuring out the strategy angles to drive success!  As a co-founder, Chris has been instrumental in guiding Theatro from an early innovative concept into a fast paced growth company.

Chris has 25+ years of experience in senior executive positions with small start-ups and large multinationals in a diverse array of industries, including software, networking and apps for leading hardware and software companies including Cisco Systems, AppTrigger, Metaswitch, Extreme Networks and Newbridge Networks.  Chris graduated with a BBA from SMU.

Ravi Shankar Kumar

Ravi Shankar Kumar | CTO/SVP of Engineering

Ravi is well known in the technology development community as someone who will never back away from a challenge.  Ravi has a passion for leading his team by showing them the way…never asking someone to do something he is not prepared to do himself.

Ravi brings more than 15 years of startup experience and thought leadership in designing and developing highly scalable cloud based solutions for some of today’s most demanding environments. As a co-founder of Theatro, Ravi is responsible for our overall solution architecture, managing the day-to-day development team activities and leading our key innovation projects.  Prior to Theatro, he held senior R&D leadership positions at Kodiak Networks, Rapid5 Networks and Ishoni Networks and holds multiple US patents.  Ravi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics and communications from Bangalore University.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald | Executive Vice President

Often the man behind the scenes, Patrick is an incredibly valuable member of our founding team thanks to his knack for bringing a sense of order to chaos.  Driven by his passion to “organize the world”, Patrick is responsible for Customer Support and various aspects of our Operations functions.

Patrick has over 15 years of broad experience in various high tech fields including Telecom, Data Networking and Cloud Computing. Patrick has held a variety of sales, operations and marketing leadership roles for established as well as start-up companies including Metaswitch, AppTrigger, Siemens, Efficient Networks and Compaq.  Patrick holds a BS in Political Science from the University of North Texas.

Alan Jezek

Alan Jezek  | Chief Revenue Officer

Alan is responsible for Theatro’s go-to-market plans, sales execution and customers’ success.  He is a passionate about building teams to solve critical customer problems with innovative solutions.  Alan has 3 years of consulting and 25 years of sales and executive leadership experience with large, global enterprise SaaS and technology companies including Serena Software, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks and Datascan.  In his career, he has developed new routes to market, led record-setting sales teams, and implemented GTM best practices.  Alan graduated with a BBA from Texas A&M University.

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Lesley Simmonds | VP & GM, Casino & Hospitality

Lesley is an innovative, pragmatic business leader with passion and conviction for technology business strategy. She is bringing her unique expertise in leveraging original and analytic thinking to understand and project future trends, ascertain market gaps, and build Theatro’s Casino & Hospitality business.

Prior to Theatro, Lesley’s dynamic career has been focused on commanding strategic initiatives for small start-ups and industry-leading companies including XCCommerce, Oracle, Retek, and PCMS Datafit, with roles focused on global go-to-market and product strategy, business development, and channels/alliances.

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Verlin Youd | SVP, Partners

Verlin is a recognized industry solutions expert with deep experience across all aspects of retail and related enterprise technologies. Verlin has spent the last 20+ years leading teams working with the world’s leading retailers, holding positions in sales, marketing, product management, partner strategy, and software development. He’s worked in start-ups to Fortune 10 organizations, including Verizon, SCOPIX, SAP, Motorola, Symbol Technologies, IBM and Systech Retail Solutions.

He holds a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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McKenna Michel | SVP, Marketing

McKenna’s background as a strategic marketer serves her well as she builds Theatro’s marketing capabilities, harnesses the power of customer feedback, and positions the company as a thought leader in a nascent category. With experience spanning B2B and B2C environments, McKenna brings rich knowledge of branding, innovation, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Theatro, she served as EVP of Marketing for Travel Research Advisors. She held multiple roles at Frito Lay North America, ultimately leading the Premium Snacks portfolio. McKenna began her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and R.B. Webber & Company. She earned her MBA from the Stanford GSB and her BA from Stanford University.