Leadership Team

Chris Todd

Chris Todd

President & CEO

Chris is responsible for leading Theatro’s overall direction, strategy, and growth plans.  Chris is a “roll up 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

EVP of Operations

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.

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Linda Dres

VP of Finance

Linda joined Theatro as the VP of Finance in November 2019. She brings a combination of both financial and operational skills obtained over her career, greatly benefitting all areas of opportunities for the Finance and Administration organizations at Theatro.

Prior to joining Theatro, she served as CFO of Entouch Controls following fifteen years in venture capital with CenterPoint Ventures. Linda also held multiple roles at Hewlett Packard, both within finance and strategic planning.

Linda earned her BS in Accountancy from Miami University.

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Verlin Youd

SVP of Sales, Partners & Business Development

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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Kimberley Drobny

CMO

Kimberley is passionate about creating dynamic customer experiences through innovative technologies. She is an accomplished marketing strategist with expertise in product and channel management, as well as a rich understanding of customer-focused digital marketing, demand generation and sales enablement programs.

Most recently, Kimberley served as the VP of Marketing for Waterfield Technologies where she drove go-to-market strategies for multiple brands, including VoiceFoundry and Blueworx, along with business development and channel partner programs. In addition, she has driven corporate strategy, marketing communications and product innovation and marketing for several Cloud and Contact Center focused organizations including Estech Systems Inc, Fonality, Convergys, Intervoice and Voyant Technologies.

Kimberley is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where she received a B.A. in Business Management.

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Amy Bakos

AVP of Product and Solutions Marketing

Amy is passionate about the Frontline worker and their success. Amy’s background is rooted in retail operations with over 14 years of experience ranging from retail management with Crate & Barrel to owner and operator of her own business. Since joining Theatro, Amy has had the opportunity to partner with top retailers across North America in identifying and solutioning communication and operational challenges in support of the frontline workers’ success.

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