As Toptal’s Chief Executive Officer, Taso manages Toptal’s core team of hundreds of team members distributed throughout the world, with a focus on innovation. Since Toptal was founded in 2010, Taso has led it to become the largest high-skilled, on-demand talent network in the world. Taso serves on the board of multiple organizations, advising on talent strategy and innovation for Fortune 100s and nonprofits. Taso has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Oxford on talent management and entrepreneurship.
As Toptal’s Chief Administrative Officer, Brenda executes alongside the CEO and Executive team to maximize the impact of CEO engagement and team initiatives. She is an experienced Chief of Staff and Director of Business Management, holding senior level roles for nine years at Microsoft and Schwab Bank. During an extensive career at US Bank, she started a process improvement discipline for operations and technology, managed teams at local and regional levels, and led sales and operations for several retail branches. As CEO, she started an innovative credit union that serves an underbanked demographic in the Seattle area. Brenda has a BS degree in Accounting from Portland State University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking.
As Toptal's General Counsel, Bill brings 20 years of corporate and private law experience as the leader of Toptal's legal team. Prior to joining Toptal, Bill served as General Counsel of Bottomline Technologies (Nasdaq: EPAY), a global business payments processing company, and as General Counsel of Plymouth Rock Assurance, a financial services and insurance group with $2 billion in assets under management. Before that, Bill was a corporate lawyer in private law firm practice with WilmerHale and Posternak, Blankstein, & Lund LLP. Bill is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned his PhD in International Relations.
As Toptal’s VP of Finance, Carlos oversees all of the company’s financial operations, ensuring sustainable company growth and seamless payments infrastructure for both Toptal’s clients and talent, distributed across the globe. Carlos has partnered with companies at every stage of growth to design and execute specialized projects in FP&A, financial operations, strategy, and IR, including previously leading the Finance and Investor Relations functions for BrightStar, a multi-billion dollar global enterprise, of which he helped sell a majority stake to Softbank at a $2.2 billion valuation. Carlos has played a vital role in several large capital raises, M&A initiatives, financial roadshows, and financial systems implementations. Carlos loves taking financial data and using it as the foundation of a compelling story to enable intelligent & strategic data-driven decisions. Carlos has a BS in Finance and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
As Toptal's VP of People, Michelle brings 20 years of human resources experience as the leader of Toptal's People and Recruiting teams. Michelle's role is to create and maintain a world-class experience for all Toptal team members through hiring, developing, and retaining our top talent. Prior to joining Toptal, Michelle served as Chief People Officer at ICR, a public and investor relations firm. Her career has spanned both the start-up and agency world in various industries, with Michelle holding senior Talent leadership roles. Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
As Toptal's VP of Talent Operations, Christy's role is to ensure successful client outcomes by delivering the right talent based on the client's needs and timeframe. Prior to Toptal, Christy spent more than a decade in management consulting at Bain & Company, where she focused largely on performance improvement and growth strategy. She then combined her business operations and strategy experience with her passion for the tech space to join Rackspace, where she served as General Manager of Rackspace's cybersecurity business. Christy earned a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
As Toptal's Chief Technology Officer, Ismael leads the company's engineering organization, driving process and culture to ensure top quality delivery from a team of world-class engineers. Ismael was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of Blue4, a groundbreaking distributed multimedia system which is still in active use in the aerospace and entertainment industry. Ismael has over twenty years of experience in providing commercial, operational, and technical leadership for innovative B2B, B2C, and government organizations from early-stage startup to large high growth market leaders. This extensive experience led to Ismael taking charge of the Security of Spain's most important governmental institutions.
As Toptal's VP of Product, Kleanthis drives the evolution of Toptal's platform and associated products, working closely with Toptal's operations and engineering teams to drive and support Toptal's hypergrowth by providing a seamless, on-demand experience for clients and talent. He specializes in digital talent networks, with a diverse background that includes working at Microsoft and as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey, as well as with early- and late-stage startups and as a startup founder himself. He began his career as a software engineer, before transitioning to strategy consulting and finally to product management, leveraging technology and data to drive business impact. Kleanthis has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the National Technical University of Athens.
As Toptal's VP of Design, Jin leads one of the world's largest fully distributed product and brand design teams, building the processes, quality standards, and team necessary to support world-class design, at scale, in a 100% remote environment. Jin has been a design leader for over a decade, including most recently as a Creative Director and Design Manager at Stack Overflow. Jin studied Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.
As Toptal's VP of Enterprise, Michael is responsible for driving the rapid scaling of Toptal Enterprise by establishing processes, service offerings, and strategies to enable Toptal's largest global clients to successfully leverage our elite global talent network at scale. Michael has crafted enterprise solutions and built global teams for clients across a wide range of industries through a career in consulting and entrepreneurship, with leadership positions at Slalom Consulting and Accenture, where he helped establish a scaled Business Process Outsourcing model that grew into a very successful business unit. Michael has a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
As Toptal's VP of Brand Marketing, Corinne is responsible for and the authority on the Toptal brand and how it comes to life, both internally and externally. Her job is to spread the word that Toptal is an elite network of the world's top talent in business, design, and technology, expertly matched to solve our client's most important challenges, on demand. Corinne brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and digital experiences working with and for multiple Fortune 100 brands, including IBM, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson, among many others. Before joining Toptal, Corinne was a Managing Director and Head of Client Services at Ogilvy & Mather in New York, building and leading global teams in a variety of industries to drive business and marketing objectives. Corinne has a BS in Marketing from Miami University.
As Toptal's VP of Growth Marketing, Gabriel drives Toptal's global marketing strategy. Gabriel leverages his background as a management consultant and growth executive at companies such as Facebook and InsideSales.com to lead a customer-centric team that helps leading organizations discover and understand how to find the world's top on-demand talent. Gabriel has MS degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Data Analytics, as well as an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
As Toptal’s VP of Communications, Gail is building and leading the company’s communications program to significantly increase the company’s awareness and credibility. She joined Toptal in March 2019, having most recently served as VP of Communications for GE-spinoff Genpact. During her nine-year tenure, she built and led Genpact’s global external communications program including integrated communications efforts for 24 acquisitions and multiple large client deals. Gail previously served as a corporate PR director at Unisys and before that was an account lead for a Philadelphia-area PR and marketing agency. She began her communications career in Washington, D.C. where she worked in the UPS corporate public affairs office. Gail earned her MA in communications from The American University and a BA from the University of Richmond.