Charles Simonyi: Chairman and CTO

Charles Simonyi is a high-tech pioneer, philanthropist and space traveler. He was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel and other widely-used application programs. He left Microsoft to found Intentional Software, which aims to develop and market computer software for knowledge processing. His passion for science and for space has led him to travel into space twice aboard Soyuz spacecraft, becoming the fifth space tourist and the first ever tourist to fly twice.

Dr. Simonyi moved to the United States from Budapest, Hungary in 1968 to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his B.S. in engineering mathematics. Simonyi went to Stanford to receive his Ph.D. in computer science. He also has honorary doctorates from the University of Pecs in Hungary and from the Julliard School in NY. Beginning in 1972 at Xerox PARC, Simonyi created the first WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editor called Bravo. After nearly a decade at Xerox PARC, Simonyi began his work at Microsoft in 1981as director of application development, chief architect, and distinguished engineer.

Simonyi has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008 and a Correspondent Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Simonyi has been an active philanthropist and has endowed numerous educational and charitable contributions through the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences. Simonyi has served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since 1998 and was elected Chairman of the Board there in 2008.

The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, established in 2003, is making a difference in the Seattle region and around the world by providing grants to outstanding organizations in the arts, sciences, and education. The goal of the foundation is to provide “access to excellence.” The Simonyi Fund’s first major gift was $10 million in January 2004 to the Seattle Symphony to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Gifts have also been given to the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Oxford for a Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, the Seattle Public Library, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Russian National Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark and many other projects.

Eric Anderson: CEO

Eric Anderson is a lifelong entrepreneur with a history of successfully introducing innovative products and services into new markets.  He is most well-known for pioneering the development of the space tourism industry as the co-founder and Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.  At Space Adventures, Mr. Anderson has been responsible for all of the spaceflights by self-funded commercial space explorers.

Mr. Anderson’s philanthropic efforts are focused on the Planetary Security Foundation, an organization dedicated to informing and educating the public about nuclear weapons, the greatest risk facing humanity’s future, and developing strategies for how that risk can be eliminated.

Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia where he studied aerospace and software engineering.  He is a Board Member of the X PRIZE Foundation and the Koshka Foundation. Mr. Anderson has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and in 2008, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.  In 2008, Anderson also won the “CEO of the Year” award, presented by Smart CEO magazine and in 2010 was an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award winner

Magnus Christerson: Executive Vice President 

Magnus Christerson is passionate to bring new and emerging technology to market. He is responsible for product development, product management, marketing, business development and sales at Intentional Software. Prior to joining Intentional Software, he had a management consulting company helping startups with their product strategy, management and development. He held multiple positions at Rational Software, a software development company, including Director of Product Management and Strategy. After IBM’s $2.1B acquisition of Rational, he was responsible for model-driven development in IBM Software CTO group. At Rational, he led product management and built an industry leadership position for Rational Rose, the leading UML/SysML product for designing and generating software programs. He came to Rational in 1995 when Rational acquired Objectory, a software startup where he had been the product manager.

Christerson is co-author with Dr. Ivar Jacobson of the book Object-Oriented Software Engineering – A Use Case Driven Approach, Addison-Wesley, 1992, and co-author with Dr. Charles Simonyi of Intentional Software, ACM OOPSLA, 2006.

Christerson holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology at Lund University, Sweden. Christerson is on the board of directors for Neo Technology, the company behind the world’s leading graph database – Neo4j.

Shane Clifford: Vice President, Application Development

Shane Clifford joined Intentional Software in 2005. As VP of Application Development, he guides the application of Intentional Software’s technology to customer solutions. He is a primary contributor to the design and implementation of Intentional’s meta-language, compiler, and transformation technology.

Prior to joining Intentional, Shane led a team at Micron Technology building tools around a product line approach to IC factory equipment automation. The tools included a novel combination of feature modeling, UML state charts, and code generation for producing a family of system that handled variability across equipment models, manufacturing processes, and fabrication facilities. He is co-author with Dr. Simonyi of Intentional Software, ACM OOPSLA Proceedings, 2006 and co-inventor of Domain transformation languages (US Patent #7949949). Shane was honored with a Career Achievement Alumni Recognition Award in 2001 by Montana Tech.


Hartley Paul: Vice President, Operations & General Counsel

Hartley Paul formed Intentional Software Corporation as outside counsel, and joined the company as an officer two months later.

Paul practiced law with the firm of Lane Powell PC in Seattle since 1963, where he specialized in business and securities law for private and publicly held enterprises. Paul earned his AB degree from Dartmouth College in 1959, and his MBA degree from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 1960. At Tuck School he was a student in one of the first computer classes ever presented in any business school, thanks to the foresight of professor John Kemeny who co-authored the BASIC computer language. He returned to the Northwest to attain his JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1963, where he was elected to Order of the Coif National Law School Honor Society and served as Business Editor of the Washington Law Review.

Having raced on the Dartmouth Ski Team, Paul continues to ski often during the winter and pilots his family float plane in British Columbia during the summer.