Management Team

Vladimir Butenko, PhD - President and CEO

Vladimir Butenko brings more than 20 years as a recognized leader in the messaging and collaboration industry to his position as founder, President and CEO of CommuniGate Systems, which is elevating the standards for e-mail, instant messaging and VoIP technologies. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Moscow State University in 1988, and established the company in 1991 with the vision of building an advanced, scalable and flexible e-mail infrastructure solution. As President and CEO, he is responsible for developing the overall corporate vision and strategy, as well as managing the company's operations.

Throughout the company's exponential growth, Mr. Butenko has continued his direct involvement in product strategy development for CommuniGate Pro, as well as interfacing directly with clients and partners.

Joseph Pestana - Vice President, Sales

Joseph Pestana brings more than twenty years of technology sales management experience to CommuniGate Systems with strong organizational experience and a proven track record of sales success. Mr. Pestana has a long history and proven record of managing accounts at top tier universities, ISPs hosting millions of accounts and enterprises internationally. At CommuniGate Systems, Mr. Pestana serves as the driving force behind the company's direct and channel sales in the Americas.

Prior to joining CommuniGate Systems, Mr. Pestana held various sales management positions with technology, energy, and engineering companies. Most recently, he served as the Regional Sales Manager for the New York-Philadelphia area for Sendmail Incorporated where he was the number one salesperson in North America.

Jon Doyle - Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Doyle is responsible for driving the alliances with our network operator partners and relations with agencies that regulate and support the industry. Jon has been involved in Internet communications technologies for over 15 years, and regularly speaks and contributes articles about the emerging trends and technologies in the industry.

Before CommuniGate Systems Europe Jon was at Sendmail Inc. and drove the strategic alliances and managed product marketing programs with HP, Intel and IBM prior to Sendmail’s merger with Proofpoint. He has a unique history with Linux-based technology from his service as the director of operations and services at SuSE Linux Inc. (now part of Novell) and as an Executive Consultant at Compaq's Corporate Strategy office developing the company's Linux strategy.

Sachi Noma - Vice President, Japan

Sachi Noma brings to CommuniGate Systems an impressive career of more than 30 years in the international and technology arenas. Noma-san is responsible for field operations and oversees all aspects of business alliances for Japan.

Noma-san has held various executive management positions leading foreign companies in Asia for over 20 years. Prior to joining CommuniGate Systems, he served as President and General Manager for KDC and Managing Director of GTE's subsidiary (now Verizon), Contel IPC Japan for the Asia-Pacific regions. He has also served as a consultant to foreign technology companies in many diversified areas such as messaging, collaboration software and network security.

Carlo Petrolo - Director Business Development, European, Middle East & Africa

Coming from the "Internet foundation days of the late 90's", Carlo is one of the pioneers of large scale carrier class Internet Messaging systems. Having worked with leading technology companies from platform to border security controllers, he is one of a handful of people that understands multi-million subscriber deployments.

Prior to joining CommuniGate Systems Europe Carlo has worked across the spectrum of startups to global organizations like Lucent Technologies. He has a unique sense of how to work in the "trenches"making things work right, but also organizing multi-national projects bridging technical and marketing viewpoints. His technical background covers voice and messaging systems like SMS/SMPP to the new WebRTC based communication innovations of today. Never missing a beat on the pulse of the Internet, Carlo thrives bringing innovation to market.

Alexander Malyshev - Vice President, Russia and CIS

Alexander Malyshev leads CommuniGate System Russia since 2012. He has extensive experience running technical support organizations and expertise in fine tuning inner department coordination in technical product organizations. Alexander comes to CommuniGate Systems with more than ten years of experience in senior positions in the IT and telecom sectors bringing valuable insight into the customer perspective of support services.