Charles Simonyi: Founder, 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 with the Ph.D. thesis “Meta Programming”. 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) word processor called Bravo, the direct predecessor to Microsoft Word. After nearly a decade at Xerox PARC, Simonyi began his work at Microsoft in 1981 as their first director of application development, chief architect, and distinguished engineer. Microsoft Word was his first Microsoft product.

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 technologies to market. He joined Intentional in 2004 and is responsible for Products, Marketing and Sales. Prior to Intentional Software he held multiple positions at Rational Software, a software development company, including Director of Product Management and Strategy. 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. After IBM’s $2.1B acquisition of Rational in 2003, he was responsible for model-driven development in IBM Software CTO group. He came to Rational in 1995 when Rational acquired Objectory, a software startup where he had been responsible for product management.

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. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology at Lund University, Sweden. Since 2009 he sits on the Board of Directors for Neo Technology, the company behind Neo4j, the Worlds Leading Graph Database.

Paul Kwiatkowski: Chief Architect

During the 1990’s, Paul Kwiatkowski worked with Dr. Simonyi at Microsoft Research on the original Intentional Programming project, beginning as a developer and transitioning to an architect role. Mr. Kwiatkowski joined Intentional Software in 2012, initially working on a small team building the new layout and graphics engine. He later led Platform Development, and now leads development across the company.

Before joining Intentional Software, Mr. Kwiatkowski worked on the Windows UI Platform team at Microsoft. There he designed and implemented the Windows Animation API introduced in Windows 7, and the data abstraction layer for Windows Store applications. During his time at Microsoft Research, he wrote the well-known “Lens” screen saver that shipped with Windows 95 & 98, and was the first shipping software written using Intentional technology. At other points in his career he has written software to automate the engineering of road and sewer systems, and designed the software and hardware for a machine vision based tomato sorter.

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 Integrated Circuit factory equipment automation. The tools included a novel combination of Feature Modeling, UML State Charts, and code generation for producing a family of systems 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 patents on Domain transformation languages. Shane was honored with a Career Achievement Alumni Recognition Award in 2001 by Montana Tech.