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Meet the Team

Gordon Tibbitts

General Manager

Elias Balafoutis

Product Manager for Identity & Access Management

Elias has many years of experience in the design and architecture of large software products in the  telecom industry, at both Siemens and Unify. Earlier in his career, he worked as a researcher at the University of Athens, where he published several articles on computer engineering. He holds a computer engineering diploma from the Technical University of Crete, an MS in communication networks from the University of Athens, and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics & Business. 

Doreen Hall

Director of Program Management

Since joining the Atypon team 7 years ago as a project manager, Doreen has brought her skills in customer relationship building and team leadership to working with our largest and most complex customers, including the American Chemical Society and Wiley. As Director of Program Management, she now oversees the management of Atypon’s most active clients with dedicated Atypon development resources. Prior to joining Atypon, Doreen held product management, partner relationsand project management roles in online publishing platform services at the American Institute of Physics, having previously worked in finance and banking as a business analyst. She holds a BS in chemistry and business from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Patrick Hargitt

Senior Product Management Director

Patrick joined Atypon in 2015 and is now leading Literatum Product Management.
In addition to his product leadership skills, he has brought to Atypon more than 20 years’ experience in software engineering, building scalable platforms, and managing engineering groups. Patrick began his career in product development at American Management Systems, then moved to Greece to become the CTO of Upstream, a startup connecting mobile users with telecom operators, media, and marketeers.
He has also led engineering and product development at technology companies with projects such as Blackberry’s messenger ad platform and VAS solutions deployed by telecom companies around the world. Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and physics from Hamilton College, New York.

Himanshu Jhamb

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

Leveraging his vast experience in managing technology project teams across multiple industries, Himanshu ensures smooth service provision to some of Atypon’s largest clients. He joined Atypon in 2008 as a senior project manager after working in project management at Macrovision and holding various technical and engineering positions at eMeta, CapGemini/Ernst & Young, Verizon, and Tata. In his current role as the voice of Atypon’s customers, Himanshu ensures smooth service provision to some of the company’s largest clients. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree in computer science from the University of Mumbai and is the coauthor of a book on project management#Project Management Tweet.

Nikos Markantonatos

Director of Engineering, Greece Operations Head

Nikos has been with Atypon since its very early days and has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth. With more than 20 years’ experience in SGML/XML technologies, Nikos oversees Atypon’s Content Migration team. He has served on the NISO JATS DTD Standardization Committee, the Book Interchange Tag Suite (BITS) Committee, and the NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS) Committee. He is also a member of the JATS4R (JATS for Reuse) initiative. Nikos holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Thessaloniki, and as Fulbright scholar earned an MS and a PhD in computer science from New York University.

Mike Markey

Vice President of Security and Governance

With more than 20 years’ experience in project management, software development, and engineering, Mike joined Atypon in 2010 to oversee the company’s Project Management Office. Mike later assumed the role of chief client advocate, working closely with customers to understand their business goals and ensure their technology needs are being met. Previously, Mike was the director of professional services with Macrovision, whose eMeta division was acquired by Atypon in 2008. He has held various software engineering positions at Standard & Poor’s as well as at Lockheed Martin and other military contractors. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

Christos Nikolakakos

Product Manager, eBooks

Christos, who oversees the development of the Atypon eReader, has over 15 years of international experience in Greece, France, the UK, and China working on key enterprise and consumer products and has led product development teams in the education, defense, telecommunications, and entertainment markets. He is a data-driven product manager, with a focus on continuous innovation and experience in establishing and executing mobile-first product strategies. Christos began his career as a software engineer, earning his bachelor’s degree from the National Technical University of Athens. He also holds an MsC in digital signal processing applications in communication systems from Lancaster University.

Nash Pal

Director of Client Management

Nash joined Atypon in 2006 as a strategic marketing manager, with program management responsibilities for Atypon’s largest projects. He now handles project and client relationship management for European clients and also heads up Atypon’s UK office. Before working in scholarly publishing, Nash was employed as a software engineer, product manager, QA manager, and software management team leader. He worked with some of the world’s largest publishers, including Oxford and Cambridge University presses and Blackwell, where he was the product manager for the company’s online journals platform. He also helped launch Blackwell’s Online Bookshop. Nash holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Manchester.

Dino Paravandis

Vice President of User Experience

Dino, a digital innovation and design strategist with 15 years’ experience advising organizations on the value of design-led innovation, has created hundreds of integrated, multi-channel campaigns. Before coming to Atypon, he led Rocketgraph, a startup focusing on data visualization of cloud services for visual storytelling. Dino was also responsible for creative and client initiatives at Cambo, a digital agency where he developed award-winning work for Kellogg’s, Starwood, Domino’s, and L’Oréal. He was also client services director at Upstream Systems and a usability specialist at GTE Laboratories (now Verizon). Dino has a BS in computer science and an MS in human-computer interaction from DePaul University

Rob Posadas

Vice President of Solution Architecture

Rob has been with Atypon since 2015, working with the MIT Press, the American Meteorological Society, and SAGE Publications. Prior to joining Atypon, Rob was CTO of AutorepairConnect and director of engineering at Findlaw—both web platform companies. He also led the Java 3D team at Sun Microsystems for eight years. Rob holds a BS in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Megan Prosser

Senior Director of Marketing

Megan has worked in marketing management in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds, building marketing teams and strategies for high-tech startups, publishing, and arts organizations. Prior to joining Atypon in 2015 as the company’s first marketing director, Megan was the vice president of marketing at Aptara, a publishing services company, where the marketing department she built and corporate rebranding she led contributed to the company’s growth and sale. Megan holds a BA from the University of Mary Washington and an MBA from George Washington University.

Josh Pyle

Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Since 2014, Josh has been involved with improving the accessibility, usability, semantics, and responsiveness of Atypon’s products. Josh began his career in scholarly publishing in 1996 as the content director for EBSCO’s e-journal aggregation service. In 1999, he co-founded the MetaPress content hosting division of EBSCO and served as its CTO through 2008. He then consulted for MetaPress on a redesign of SpringerLink until its launch, and he co-founded a small library services company. He holds a BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech.

Bruce Rosenblum

NISO Fellow & Vice President of Content and Workflow Solutions

Bruce has been designing and implementing electronic publishing workflows and solutions for over 35 years. He is the developer of the Crossref Metadata Deposit Schema and co-authored the original NLM DTD. He served on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013 and is currently co-chair of the NISO STS working group as well as an active member of its JATS and BITS working groups. Prior to joining Atypon, he was CEO of Inera, which was acquired by Atypon in 2019. His 16 years of joint work with Crossref earned Inera and Crossref the 2014 NEPCo Publishing Collaboration Award, and he was awarded the status of NISO Fellow in 2020. Bruce continues to lead software development for Inera’s eXtyles and Edifix, and works with Atypon customers on workflow solutions.

Hisham Shahtout

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Over the past 17 years, Hisham has been involved in several high-impact initiatives at Atypon, including writing Crossref, onboarding the company’s largest clients, and establishing the engineering office in Amman, Jordan. His continued focus is making sure Atypon’s clients’ needs are met by its software, DevOps, and QA engineering teams. Prior to joining Atypon, Hisham developed the first guaranteed message delivery system for Slam Dunk Network; previously he was a principal member of the team that built Oracle’s JDeveloper tool. He earned a BS in computer engineering from Technion—Israel Institute of Technology.

Veronica Showers

Director of Sales

As Director of Sales, Veronica manages the sales team’s day-to-day operations. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with publishers in submission, peer review, production, and content hosting technologies, as well as extensive experience in evaluating publisher workflows and creating technical future-focused solutions. Veronica holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her twins and anything SciFi.

Jon Slinn

Director, Digital Product Management, Data & Analytics

Jon has over 20 years of Software Development and Architecture experience, in all areas of Digital Product development. He joined Atypon after 12 years in Wiley where his last role focussed on Data & Analytics, guiding the delivery and development of the Data Lake for Research BI initiatives. Jon also spent four years in Enterprise Architecture after successfully leading the Architecture function and development of The Wiley Online Library prior to the platform migrating to Literatum. Before joining Wiley, Jon held Software Engineering and Architecture positions at Elsevier. Jon studied Production Engineering at Brunel University in London, bringing an automation and reuse perspective to Digital Product development.

Nick Taylor

Product Manager, Workflow Solutions

Nick has over 20 years of software development experience within the publishing industry, principally managing the development of information websites and designing and developing electronic publishing workflows and systems. He joined Atypon in 2018, following a role as Head of Content Technology & Production at Wolters Kluwer UK, where he successfully led a technology refresh of tools and processes from authoring to publication, oversaw several offshoring projects to production vendors, and managed technical, editorial and production teams. With Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Art History, Nick is an all-rounder who brings both technical and creative experience in developing Production Workflow Solutions for Atypon.

Derek Young

Director of Account Management

Derek oversees Atypon’s Account Management teams in New York and California. He has been working with publishers on production issues and business solutions for more than ten years, and has held positions at Innodata Isogen/Project MUSE, where he managed the relationship between client publishers and in-house production staff. Derek received a BS in technical communication from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Rami Zeineh

Director of Engineering

Since joining Atypon in 2011 as Director of Engineering, Rami has played a crucial role in growing the engineering office in Amman, Jordan. He has around 20 years’ experience in the software industry, including in software architecture and development. Prior to joining Atypon, Rami was the software architect of projects that were impactful at the national level in Jordan such as the Mizan II Court Case Processing System (CPS). He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Jordan and an MSc in Computing and Information Science from the University of Guelph.

Hong Zhou

Director of Intelligent Services Group

Hong established and leads Atypon’s Intelligent Services Group, which develops cloud-based publishing services based on advanced AI, big data, and related technologies. He also heads Atypon’s AI R&D Team, which designs artificial intelligence-based solutions and next-generation information discovery systems for scholarly research. His personal research passion is supporting publishers’ and researchers’ success in their transition to Open Access and Open Science. Before joining Atypon in January 2017, Hong applied machine learning algorithms for the insurance industry as the CTO of Digital Fineprint, served as a senior software engineer and development manager at Schlumberger, and developed racing games for the British video game developer Eutechnyx. Hong holds a PhD in 3D modeling with artificial intelligence algorithms from Aberystwyth University in Wales, an MBA in Digital Transformation & Strategy from University of Oxford, a master’s degree in computer science from The University of Sheffield, and a certification in AI from Stanford University. As well as serving as a distinguished expert in the National Key Laboratory of Knowledge Mining and Service for Medical Journals in China, Hong is widely published on computer science and AI topics and presents regularly at prominent industry events, most recently speaking on a panel for BioASQ with representatives from Google and NIH.

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