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Jon Thomas

Freelance Program Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since May 30, 2018

Jon is an experienced project manager, scrum master, and agile leader of 20 years spread across multiple industries. He has a strong passion for leadership, with significant experience in several delivery methodologies, including Agile, Waterfall, and iterative. He specializes in projects requiring flexibility and adaptability to overcome ambiguity. His most recent experience includes Agile Coaching and a Scrum of Scrums master in an established and thriving Agile transformation.

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Liam Wickham

Freelance Program Manager
United KingdomToptal Member Since June 11, 2018

Liam excels at understanding that every client and project is different, and each requires unique care and expertise to deliver maximum value and satisfaction. His servant-leadership approach, coupled with pragmatic stakeholder engagement, lends itself to lean agile project and program management. Liam has successfully led multiple teams through Agile transformations, handling everything from writing vision statements to installing Jira.

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Darren Hagman

Freelance Program Manager
CanadaToptal Member Since May 1, 2018

Darren is a veteran developer, scrum master, and project manager with deep experience in both Waterfall and Agile methodologies from working in the transportation, archiving, eCommerce, and aerospace industries. Darren spent ten years working in developer and lead/architect roles before becoming a project manager. Darren understands the challenges of implementing Agile practices in a team and how to effectively interface with the Waterfall world.

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Global Relay Communications Inc

Avalon Swain

Freelance Program Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since June 4, 2018

Avalon is recognized for his successful business, digital, agile, and AI transformations, leveraging his considerable product, program, and project management experience. He is a certified MIT Artificial Intelligence Strategist, PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC), Disciplined Agile Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM). He has outstanding power skills and the ability to align with all levels of an organization.

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Miroslav Anicin

Freelance Program Manager
SerbiaToptal Member Since July 4, 2018

Miroslav has led teams and departments with 50+ members through Agile transformation at telcos, banks, and other organizations. He's also managed up to five concurrent teams with as many as 35 developers on their path out of troubled eCommerce projects and on their way to becoming great Scrum teams. Miroslav loves a challenge and looks forward to working with new clients and projects at Toptal.

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Audrius Zujus

Freelance Program Manager
LithuaniaToptal Member Since July 12, 2018

Audrius is an experienced technical project manager and a CTO. As a contractor, he has worked with Uber, Swedbank, Deloitte, Samsung, SAAB, and Leonardo. While at Deloitte, he worked with Rolls-Royce, Diageo, Deutsche Bank, Clydesdale Bank, Warner Bros, John Lewis, Waitrose, and Tesco. He is a member of the NATO STO advisory board and holds full NATO Secret security clearance.

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Viji Vennelakanti

Freelance Program Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since July 5, 2018

Viji has 20+ years of experience in IT project management, executive leadership, and, most recently, AI and deep learning. This combined expertise makes her an invaluable asset for companies looking to build innovative products in the AI and ML sectors. Viji has served as the VP of Engineering for a US-based startup, as an IT director overseeing a team of 100+ at a US-based global nonprofit, as CTO and co-founder of an Indian fintech startup, and as a deep learning mentor on Coursera.

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Cornel Baloleanu

Freelance Program Manager
RomaniaToptal Member Since June 21, 2019

Cornel is a delivery-focused vice president of engineering with a solid management track record. He has extensive experience building, leading, and coaching distributed engineering teams and a proven ability to manage complex projects and programs through completion. Cornel is comfortable with ambiguity and enjoys working collaboratively to solve complex problems.

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Marcos Saiz

Freelance Program Manager
UruguayToptal Member Since June 7, 2019

Marcos has worked in diverse companies with different roles and methodologies. He founded a couple of startups, served as an advisor in others and sold a couple. He also worked as a senior consultant, leading the creation of enterprise systems for banks and oil companies. Lately, he performs due diligence and integration of acquired companies across different areas of specialization (engineering, support, finance, etc.).

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Steven Ligeza

Freelance Program Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since May 29, 2019

Steve has nearly 20 years of experience as a technology program, project, and product manager, and Scrum Master and Agile Coach. This includes senior management experience at a $450 million fintech firm, and an online lending startup. He is adept with both Agile and Waterfall methods. His projects include app development, infrastructure, and organizational development, with deep expertise in data (strategy, big data, analytics, BI, and DW).

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Ruben Vrinzen

Freelance Program Manager
NetherlandsToptal Member Since April 9, 2019

Ruben is an experienced people manager with a background in the corporate and entrepreneurial world. As a Certified Scrum Master and PRINCE2 project manager, he has led over 300 people worldwide to deliver above expectations on an individual and a team level. With strong stakeholder management skills and a passion for cultures, he's most successful in managing multi-disciplinary teams in eCommerce and innovative startups.

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  • How are Toptal program managers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our program managers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with project management experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire program managers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a program manager within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal program managers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your program manager begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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