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Our leadership team
With over 100 years of combined experience, we've got a well-seasoned team at the helm.
Co-founder & CEO
Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian.
Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the "Australian IT Professional of the Year" award in 2004, and "Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year" in 2006. He's been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders. He was also recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list alongside Scott in 2016.
Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce in information systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Co-founder & CEO
Scott Farquhar is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian.
Scott was awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006 was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young alongside co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. Scott was also awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2011 by the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) – Atlassian donates 1% of profit, product, equity and employee time to charity, helping thousands of children in developing countries receive an education. In 2016, he and Mike were recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list.
Scott is a widely sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed audiences at conferences and events in Australia and around the globe. Scott actively participates in the Sydney startup scene, contributes to Australian seed fund StartMate and venture capital fund Blackbird Ventures, mentors women through the Australian Business Women’s mentoring program and lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of New South Wales.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in business information technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is a member of YPO and the Australian School of Business Alumni Leaders Network.
Jay Simons is the president of Atlassian.
He joined the company in 2008 as vice president of sales and marketing to lead Atlassian's pioneering efforts to develop a high-velocity, low-touch sales model. Jay's overseen the company's global expansion, introduction of its Starter License program (a disruptive approach to "freemium" where the company donates all proceeds to a charitable cause), and its growing worldwide customer community and programs.
Jay has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He began his career at Plumtree Software where he held a variety of senior marketing and sales roles. Significantly, Jay oversaw the company's expansion throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. When Plumtree was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005, Jay became vice president of marketing for BEA Systems, which was later acquired by Oracle in 2008.
Jay serves on the board of directors for HubSpot and holds a bachelor's degree in political and environmental science from the University of Washington.
Chief Technology Officer
Sri Viswanath is the chief technology officer (CTO) at Atlassian. Sri joined the company in January 2016 and is at the helm of Atlassian's cloud-native journey – assuming responsibility over the building and scaling Atlassian's cloud platform. Before joining Atlassian, Sri served as CTO and senior vice president of engineering at Groupon, the vice president of R&D for mobile computing at VMware, and the senior vice president of engineering at Ning – where he was instrumental in the company's acquisition by Glam. He also led development of a number of very successful open-source and B-to-B products at Sun Microsystems, served on the Board of Directors for SendGrid, and has a number of patents.
Sri currently serves on the Board of Directors for Splunk and holds a M.S. in Management from Stanford University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Chief Financial Officer
James Beer is the chief financial officer (CFO) at Atlassian, overseeing all of Atlassian's finance and IT organizations.
Before joining Atlassian, James served as executive vice president and CFO of McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 10 healthcare services and information technology company. During his four-year tenure at McKesson, James was responsible for all of the company's financial functions and was a member of the executive committee. Between 2006 and 2013, James was executive vice president and CFO of Symantec Corporation, where he managed the worldwide finance organization. Previous to his work at Symantec, James was chief financial officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, AMR’s principal subsidiary. In his 15 years at American Airlines, James held a variety of management positions in finance and marketing operations, including leading the airline’s European and Asia Pacific businesses.
James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London University, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
He currently serves on the board of directors for Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, and ForeScout Technologies, Inc. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Economic Advisory Council.