Oblong is Precisely its People

Oblong's executive team is dedicated to and passionate about fulfilling our commitment to leading the evolution of human-machine interface and bringing that technology to users everywhere. With headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Barcelona and Boston, Oblong currently serves Fortune 500 enterprise customers, government agencies, and universities.

Peter Holst

Chief Executive Officer

Pete is Oblong’s chief executive officer. He is also the president and CEO of Glowpoint Inc. Pete previously served as Glowpoint’s senior vice president of business development following Glowpoint’s acquisition of privately-held Affinity VideoNet in October of 2012, where he was CEO. Following the acquisition, Pete guided the successful integration of Affinity and Glowpoint, and was responsible for managing the business development team. Pete has held a series of senior management positions in sales and finance, including serving as the president and COO with Raindance Communications, where he guided its sale to West Corporation in 2006. Pete earned a degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa.

David Clark

Chief Financial Officer

David leads Oblong’s finance and accounting team. He is also the CFO of Glowpoint Inc. where he leads the financial operations and investor relations, including financial planning and reporting, accounting, tax and treasury. Prior roles include Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and acting CFO with Allos Therapeutics, and seven years in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. David is an active Certified Public Accountant and received a Master of Accountancy and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Denver.

John Underkoffler

Chief Technology Officer

John Underkoffler founded Oblong Industries to build on a technology and design trajectory that began with fifteen years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab—around spatial computing, display, and interaction—and that continued with the advanced UI depictions he contributed to films including ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Iron Man’. John serves on the National Advisory Council of Cranbrook Academy, on the Board of Directors of the E14 Fund, and as a curator-at-large for New York's Museum of Arts and Design. He is the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mark Backman

VP Product

Mark leads Product at Oblong, coordinating strategy, design, and engineering. He has been involved with Mezzanine and its customers since the product's inception and brings a wealth of customer-facing experience to his product role. Prior to Oblong, he worked at Boeing as an Aerospace Engineer, where he led engineering and QA teams. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Lilian Bories

VP Marketing

Lilian leads the marketing team, developing strategies to position the unique Oblong products on the marketplace. Lilian has worked in various marketing leadership positions in global organizations such as Nestlé and Avery Dennison on three continents. His main responsibilities have included launching new products and expanding the consumer engagement with new, growing, and established brands. He holds a bachelor degree in marketing (France) and an MBA from the AGSM in Sydney, Australia.

Darrin Montague

VP Sales

Darrin leads Oblong's global sales, customer success, and channel teams. He has more than 25 years of enterprise software sales experience, the last 7 years of which were in various sales leadership roles at Oblong, before stepping into the position of VP Sales. Previously, Darrin was a sales leader for cloud application, big data, data science, and ERP companies including Aster Data (acquired by Teradata), Endeca, Business Objects, and SAP.

Carlton Sparrell

Chief Scientist

Carlton leads Oblong’s technology innovation and partner integration strategies. Prior to Oblong, Carlton was VP Technology at Ucentric Systems (acquired by Motorola), where he pioneered whole-home digital television recording and solutions for the connected home. Previously, Carlton was a founder of Fantasma Networks and a Member of Research Staff at Paul Allen's Interval Research think tank. Carlton holds an MS from the MIT Media Lab and a BS from MIT's School of Engineering.

David Kung

VP Product Strategy

David is responsible for Oblong’s product roadmap and strategy. Prior to Oblong, David served as VP, Creative Director at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online. At Creative Artists Agency, he specialized in emerging technology for clients including Coca-Cola, Sprint, and Hasbro. Previously, David developed enhanced television programs as a Disney Imagineer and was a design lead with Art Technology Group. He holds degrees from MIT's School of Architecture and the MIT Media Lab.

Alejandra Rossil

vp, finance & accounting

Alejandra leads the global finance and accounting team at Oblong. She brings extensive knowledge of both public and private companies from her years working as an external auditor at Ernst & Young and a consultant at Moss Adams, LLP. Alejandra holds a BS in Accounting from the prestigious Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California.

Mattie Ruth Kramer Backman

Director of Platform

Mattie Ruth leads the direction and development of g-speak, Oblong's core technology platform. She works closely with internal and external teams to expand the platform and fulfill the requirements for both product and custom solutions. Prior to Oblong, she worked for Photon-X Corporation developing software for a 3D imaging sensor. Mattie holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

Pete Hawkes

Director of Interaction Design

Pete leads Oblong’s spatial interaction design and overall visual strategy. He also directs Oblong's Client Solutions team in the design and implementation of large-scale immersive environments. Before joining Oblong, he developed physical interfaces at Nokia’s Media Technology Lab and UCLA’s Design Media Arts Department where he received his MFA. He currently teaches interaction design as faculty in Media Arts & Practice at USC.

Brandon Harvey

Director of Product Management

Brandon helps shape Mezzanine. In addition to a long track record leading engineering teams, Brandon has a history in collaboration systems, from early work in wall-sized touchscreens, to gestural interaction, large-scale visualization, and other room systems where people work together. He holds degrees in Computer Science and in English from the University of Utah, as well as a graduate degree in English from Cornell University.

Ayon Sen

Director of Hardware & Spatial Tracking

Ayon leads the research and development of hardware and custom tracking system technology used across the Oblong product portfolio. He brings research experience in computational modeling of physical systems and is interested in using cutting-edge mathematical techniques to improve our ability to interact naturally with immersive interfaces. Ayon holds a degree in applied mathematics from Caltech.

Eben Eliason

Director of Design & Computation

Eben leads UI/UX design and development for Mezzanine, sustaining product continuity across aesthetic, usability, and code-architectural perspectives. Before joining Oblong, he co-designed interfaces for the cloud-based litl webbook and the collaborative Sugar Learning Platform for One Laptop Per Child, now featured in the collection at MoMA. Eben holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.



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