Wolfgang J Koester
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
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Wolfgang Koester is the CEO and co-founder of FiREapps. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in developing and implementing currency risk management programs for Fortune 2000 companies and governments. Prior to forming FiREapps, he served as President of GFTA Trendanalysen Inc., a quantitative currency management company. He has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk
and is a member of Global Finance’s
“Who’s Who in Foreign Exchange.” Koester is a frequent speaker at university and industry events and is a regular contributor to industry publications, including The Economist
, Wall Street Journal
, Financial Times
, Treasury & Risk
and AFP Exchange
, as well as networks such as Fox Business, Bloomberg, CNBC
. Koester holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in International Management from The Garvin School of International Management. He is a board member of ACI International, The Financial Markets Association, and is a former member of the editorial board of the AFP Risk Newsletter
Chief Solutions Officer, Board Director
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Corey Edens is the Chief Solutions Officer and co-founder of FiREapps. In this role, Edens oversees the company’s product and solution strategy and assists clients in designing and implementing holistic currency risk management programs. Prior to beginning this role in 2000, Edens served in numerous executive finance and accounting roles, including his role as President of Valcon Distributing Ltd., Inc. and Controller and Director of Operations for the Microsoft Network. He has also worked as Controller and CFO in the real estate and computer industries and has several years of auditing experience at Deloitte Haskins and Sells. Corey holds a B.S. degree with high honors in accounting from the University of Montana. He is a Trustee of The University of Montana Foundation and past Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. Edens is also a board member of ACI America, The Financial Markets Association. He has been published in the Journal of Corporate Treasury Management
and is a frequent speaker at university and industry events.
John Connors joined Ignition as a partner in 2005. He invests principally in business software and services.
Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was senior vice president of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
John also held a variety of positions including vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before serving as CIO, he held a number of positions within and outside finance, including Corporate Controller, General Manager of worldwide financial operations, Director of business operations of Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and Director of business operations of the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.
John is a member of the Board of Directors of Nike, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, Datasphere, Korrio, Motif Investing, Splunk, Parse and Tier 3. He was also a Board member of Heroku which was sold to Salesforce.com in 2010, Recruiting.com which was sold to Jobing.com in 2010, and Xensource which was sold to Citrix in 2007.
John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana.
Chuck Stonecipher has been with Trilogy Partnership since 2007, where he is a director for portfolio companies including FiREapps, Globy and MITS. He is also a board observer for portfolio companies InstallFree and Xeround. Chuck also serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Key Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTEC), where he has been a director since 2004. Previously, he served in various executive capacities at Advanced Digital Information Corporation from 1995 to 2006. Prior to ADIC, Chuck served as Chief Financial Officer of Interpoint Corporation from 1994 to 1995 and as a manager and consultant with Bain and Company from 1989 to 1994. Chuck holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.