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Meet the Leadership Team.

Syncsort’s executive team comprises experienced industry leaders dedicated to providing enterprises the world over with solutions that help them integrate Big Data... smarter.


Lonne Jaffe

Chief Executive Officer

Lonne is CEO at Syncsort, where he and the hundreds of Syncsort employees worldwide are focused on growing the company's high-performance Big Data offerings, both organically and through acquisition.

Previously, Lonne was the senior vice president of corporate strategy at CA Technologies, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s long-term technical and acquisition-related strategic initiatives.

Before joining CA, Lonne spent over a decade at IBM, most recently as vice president of strategy for a multi-billion dollar division focused on software. Prior to this, Lonne was director of mergers & acquisitions for a multi-billion dollar division at IBM, during which time he led multiple IBM analytics software acquisitions. He also led IBM’s software business for the healthcare, life sciences, government, and education industries.

Lonne holds undergraduate and advanced degrees from Harvard University.

Josh Rogers


Josh Rogers is President of Syncsort, leading global business operations including sales, marketing, support and engineering. Before assuming his current position, he served as SVP, Data Integration Business, VP of Worldwide Field Sales, VP of Field Sales for the Americas, and Director of Sales for Syncsort's Data Management solutions in North America.

Josh previously led Financial Services Sales for Endeca Technologies, and spent six years with the IBM Software Group where he served as the Business Unit Executive for Master Data Management Sales in North America and as leader of the New England Websphere sales organization.

Josh has also worked for Bank of America Capital Investors, the private equity investing arm of Bank of America, and the Investment Banking Division for Wells Fargo.
Josh holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from Harvard Business School.    


Gary Survis

CMO and General Manager, Sort

Gary Survis is Syncsort’s Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager for the Sort business. Gary is a seasoned marketing and operations executive with experience spanning multiple industry sectors. As Syncsort’s CMO, Gary focuses on ensuring a consistent brand message and positioning for the company across all business units. As General Manager, he is responsible for expanding Syncsort’s market-leadership in non-mainframe sort, with P&L responsibility for Unix, DMX sort, and Application Modernization products.
Before joining Syncsort, Gary was Founder and “Chief Buzz Officer” at Practical Digital Marketing. Prior to that, he was COO of Geoscape Solar, a firm specializing in residential, commercial and non-profit solar projects.
Gary holds a BA in Business from University of Pennsylvania-Wharton, and an MBA in marketing from NYU Stern School. He is also currently a Lecturer at the Wharton School and a Senior Fellow at Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.

Harvey B. Tessler

Founder and General Manager, Mainframe

Harvey Tessler is one of the original founders of Syncsort and General Manager for the mainframe business. Harvey has held several executive positions that include Engineering, Product Management, Worldwide Customer Services and Marketing. He has extensive product and market knowledge in IBM mainframe and Open Systems.

Harvey holds a BA in Mathematics from New York University and an MBA in Management, cum laude from New York University.


Krish Venkataraman


Krish Venkataraman is Syncsort's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer.  Krish has strategic and tactical expertise and demonstrated success across the industry spectrum – from M&A to corporate finance, investment banking, global corporate strategy, equity research, consulting, trading and exchanges, and payment systems.

Prior to joining Syncsort in March 2014, Krish served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of global information technology for NYSE Euronext, where he managed significant portions of capital and expenses for the S&P 500 company with $4 billion in global annual revenues.  He helped drive the strategy, governance, financial reporting and management of a workforce in excess of 1,500 that spans three continents and 10 countries.
Previously, he served as chief administrative officer of equities liquid markets for Lehman Brothers, strategist for American Express’s financial advisory practice, and as a mergers and acquisitions expert at Deloitte Consulting.

Krish holds an MBA from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Tendü Yoğurtçu

General Manager, Big Data

Tendü Yoğurtçu is Syncsort’s General Manager for the Big Data business.  She has 20+ years of computer software industry experience, including extensive Big Data and Hadoop industry knowledge and technical acumen and has worked closely with key ecosystem partners like Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Tableau. As General Manager, she is responsible for building on the success of Syncsort’s global data integration, Hadoop and Cloud solutions.
Before assuming her current position, Tendü served as Vice President, Engineering, leading the global engineering team in development of all of Syncsort’s data integration products on Linux, Unix, Windows and Hadoop.  She has pioneered Syncsort’s open source contributions to the Apache Hadoop project, placing Syncsort among the top contributors.
Prior to joining Syncsort, Tendü worked on several high-security software projects, where she managed the product life cycle across engineering disciplines. She also was an Adjunct Faculty for Computer Science Department at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Tendü received her PhD in Computer Science-Graph Theory from Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ. She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Bosphorus University, Istanbul.