About Talos Systems

Staff Bios

Timothy Gerla
CEO and Co-Founder

Tim has spent most of his career in infrastructure software, working on thorny automation problems and helping customers move workloads to cloud platforms with as little pain as possible. Before Talos Systems, he was CTO and Co-Founder of Ansible Inc., acquired by Red Hat in 2015. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Andrew Rynhard
CTO and Co-Founder

Andrew created the open source Talos project in 2017 in an effort to improve the state of the art of deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters. He has worked on all manner of infrastructure projects in all kinds of cloud environments, most recently at Virtustream (Dell). Prior to Virtustream, Andrew was on the technical operations team at LogicMonitor. He lives in Santa Barbara with his family.

Brad Beam
Senior Principal Software Engineer and Co-Founder

Brad has most recently managed large-scale infrastructure projects at Dell/EMC, and prior to that, Cerner. He has deep experience in many aspects of infrastructure design and implementation, and joined Andrew’s open source project, excited to help build a modern OS for Kubernetes. He lives in Kansas City.

Spencer Smith
Senior Principal Software Engineer

Spencer has been helping bring companies of all sizes to cloud and container-based infrastructure since early 2011. He has held software engineer, systems administrator, and tech lead roles for applications from proof of concept to production. Spencer enjoys exploring new automation and infrastucture tools to see how they can fit into the cloud-native toolchain. Prior to Talos Systems, Spencer worked for the Department of Defense, Boeing, and Virtustream. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Board of Directors

Timothy Gerla
President
Saïd Ziouani
Director

Saïd Ziouani has over 20 years experience in leadership, sales, and engineering. He is the CEO and founder of Anchore, Inc. Prior to Anchore, he founded Ansible Inc., acquired by Red Hat 2015. Saïd spent over 10 years at Red Hat as VP of Sales and Business Development. Prior to Red Hat, Saïd spent eight years as a software developer and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Steve Francis
Director

Steve was the founder of LogicMonitor. Prior to founding LogicMonitor, Steve was responsible for the datacenter operations of a diverse group of organizations including the National Geographic Society, the University of California, Citrix Online, and Valueclick. Steve has a B. Sc in Computer Science, and a law degree, from Monash University in Australia.