Co-founded by our Chief Technology Officer Thierry Zerbib, Telesoft is a leader in market-defining software features, capabilities, and service offerings to help large organizations address requirements within telecom expense management (TEM), IT expense management (ITEM), and managed mobility services (MMS).

Backed by Sumeru Equity Partners, Telesoft is an industry leader and a stable partner dedicated to transforming recurring expense solutions for years to come.

Chief Executive Officer

Charles Layne

Charles has spent more than two decades leading growth-oriented technology organizations, most recently serving as President of Signature Technology Group, a Tech Data Corporation. He is a recognized leader in the software technology industry with a keen understanding of the marketplace, product innovation, and developing best-in-class customer solutions.

During his tenure as CEO and President, he led Signature Technology Group to triple its global revenue and employee base. Prior to 2011, Charles held senior leadership roles at Microsoft within the solution sales organization. He started his IT career as a consultant for IBM, and then joined Insight Enterprises where he served as an officer while running the Small and Medium Business Division, as well as, the Software Solutions Sales Division.

Charles is a native of Arizona and received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona-based STEP: Student Expedition Program, and also serves as an Advisor for both Allbound, Inc. and NeoLight Medical. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Technology Council and the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA.

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chief technology officer & co-founder

Thierry Zerbib

Thierry Zerbib is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Telesoft. Thierry is a 35-year veteran of the industry and a recognized pioneer in call accounting, mobility, and telecommunications expense management. As co-founder and CTO, Thierry realized the business need and impact of automating and simplifying the telecom expense management lifecycle. He has overseen the development of each iteration of the Telesoft application and expanded the platform’s capabilities beyond telecom into cloud, mobility, and IT management.

Thierry holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Math from Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel and resides in the Phoenix area.

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chief financial officer

Tamara Saunders

An accomplished financial executive, Tamara brings over 20 years of global industry and public accounting firm experience. She most recently served as CFO of Telesphere and VP of Finance at Vonage.

Over her career, Tamara has successfully built and led finance organizations, implemented complex financial systems for public and private companies, and led various financings for her respective businesses. Tamara has also held leadership roles at iLinc Communications and Arthur Andersen.

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Chief operating officer

Daman Wood

Daman has worked in multiple technology organizations with a primary focus on telecommunications. He is a recognized thought leader in the space and is responsible for managed services and operations across the organization. Prior to Telesoft, Wood was the lead executive for Vonage’s nationwide Service Delivery Operations. He was also the head of operations for Telesphere, leading all operational aspects for the company before being acquired by Vonage in December of 2015. Prior to Vonage, Wood held senior executive positions within Telesphere, UNSi, Airband, and Sparkplug Communications.

Wood currently resides in Phoenix and holds an M.B.A. from Arizona State University, WP Carey School of Business. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Law and Engineering, Systems Engineering concentration from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army and AZ National Guard. Wood grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona, attending Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, and was one of only a handful of Arizona candidates nominated for appointment to West Point by former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyle.

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Senior Vice President, Sales

Don Luby

Don is a technology expense management industry veteran and brings over 30 years of global technology experience, most recently served as VP of Sales at Tangoe. Don has extensive knowledge of the expense management space and successfully built and led sales organizations in enterprise software and strategic consulting over the course of his career. His career also includes leadership roles at Rivermine, IBM, and HP.

Don holds an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Board of Directors

Chairman

Kyle Ryland

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Chairman

Kyle Ryland

Kyle Ryland is the Chairman of the Telesoft board and managing Partner of Sumeru Equity Partners where he focuses on leading investments in software and hardware companies. Prior to co-founding Sumeru Equity Partners, Kyle co-founded and served as Managing Director of Silver Lake Sumeru, the middle market investment strategy of Silver Lake and predecessor fund to Sumeru Equity Partners. He has over two decades of experience with private equity investments, venture capital, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions in the technology sector.

Prior to co-founding Silver Lake Sumeru, Kyle was a Partner at Shah Capital Partners where he was responsible for mid-market technology private equity investments.  Prior to joining Shah Capital Partners, Kyle was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and the head of Global Technology Investment Banking, where he served as an advisor to a number of leading technology companies.  Prior to Lehman Brothers, he was a technology investment banker at Robertson Stephens and also worked in the firm’s venture capital funds where he analyzed and executed venture capital investments.

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Board Member

George Kadifa

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Board Member

George Kadifa

George is a Managing Director of Sumer Equity Partners (SEP) software investments and is a member of the Telesoft board.  He brings three decades of operating experience and leadership in the technology sector.

Prior to co-founding SEP, George was Executive Vice President at HP, reporting to the CEO and member of Executive Committee. He was responsible for leading growth initiatives and alliance programs with key partners, service providers and the largest customers. He led HP’s $4-billion software business that includes IT/Cloud Operations Management, Application Delivery Management, Enterprise Security, and HP Big Data.

George previously served as Operating Partner at Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm with over $26 billion of assets under management. He was responsible for driving growth and operational improvement in a wide range of enterprises within the company portfolio of the firm’s large-cap investment fund. George has significant expertise in building and managing technology businesses. He has held various leadership positions at technology and management consulting companies such as IBM, Corio Corporation (founder), Oracle, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Xerox.

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Board Member

Charles Layne

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Board Member

Charles Layne

Charles has spent more than two decades leading growth-oriented technology organizations, most recently serving as President of Signature Technology Group, a Tech Data Corporation. He is a recognized leader in the software technology industry with a keen understanding of the marketplace, product innovation, and developing best-in-class customer solutions.

During his tenure as CEO and President, he led Signature Technology Group to triple its global revenue and employee base. Prior to 2011, Charles held senior leadership roles at Microsoft within the solution sales organization. He started his IT career as a consultant for IBM, and then joined Insight Enterprises where he served as an officer while running the Small and Medium Business Division, as well as, the Software Solutions Sales Division.

Charles is a native of Arizona and received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona-based STEP: Student Expedition Program, and also serves as an Advisor for both Allbound, Inc. and NeoLight Medical. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Technology Council and the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA.

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Board Member

Sanjeet Mitra

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Board Member

Sanjeet Mitra

Sanjeet is a member of the Telesoft board and a Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP). He focuses on the firm’s hardware and software company investments and sits on the Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding SEP, he was a Principal at Silver Lake Sumeru, the mid-market investment strategy of Silver Lake and predecessor fund to SEP. Sanjeet has more than 10 years of investing and investment banking experience and lends his strategic expertise to Telesoft as a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Silver Lake Sumeru, Sanjeet worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, working with clients in industrial, technology, media, telecommunications  and healthcare sectors.

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Board Member

Charlotte Yates

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Board Member

Charlotte Yates

Charlotte is the founder and CEO of Yates Ltd., a management consulting firm that works with key executives to optimize and transform their organizations and technology environments, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.  She is also a General Partner with the Seraph Group, a structured angel fund which invests in seed-stage technology companies spanning over 25 U.S. cities and three continents.

Charlotte has contributed to many industries including music, telecommunications, IT, management consulting, and venture capital where she has served in both an executive and a leadership capacity during the course of her career. Prior to her current businesses, Charlotte was involved in growing, selling, merging, and divesting Telwares, a leading provider of next‐gen IT advisory and strategic sourcing to global enterprises.  During her tenure at Telwares, Charlotte founded the CIO Global Forum, which provided a select group of Global 1000 business and technology leaders a unique “think tank” environment, focused on the education of C-level executives.

Charlotte runs an annual program for Harvard Business School and Young Presidents’ Organization called, “Success and Significance”, and serves on several corporate boards. She is an alumnus of the University of Florida.

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Board Member

Thierry Zerbib

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Board Member

Thierry Zerbib

Thierry Zerbib is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Telesoft. Thierry is a 35-year veteran of the industry and a recognized pioneer in call accounting, mobility, and telecommunications expense management. As co-founder and CTO, Thierry realized the business need and impact of automating and simplifying the telecom expense management lifecycle. He has overseen the development of Telesoft software solutions from its infancy through Connect and expanded the platform’s capabilities beyond telecom into cloud, mobility, and IT management.

Thierry holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Math from Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel and resides in the Phoenix area.

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Telesoft is comprised of a seasoned team of individuals with a deep background in the management and optimization of recurring expenses across telecom, mobility, and IT.

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