The faces of Aspera.

Executive Team

Today, Aspera makes Software Asset Management (SAM) a reality for businesses all around the world. An achievement made possible by strong, intelligent leadership.

North American Management Team

Mel Passarelli
President and CEO

Mel joins Aspera with over thirty years of experience in corporate strategy and growth. Prior to joining Aspera, he led the successful turnaround and growth of Attunity from an early-stage company to a NASDAQ listed corporation. He has a history of increasing growth and profitability in several private and public software companies.

David Cassery
Chief Operating Officer

David brings over 20 years of experience in the software industry, managing Operations, Services, Support, and Training. He joined Aspera in 2012, and quickly helped establish processes and procedures to support the rapidly growing US organization. His education includes a BS in Business Administration and post-graduate studies in Computer Information Systems.

Lawrence Dempsey
Director Professional Services

Lawrence joined Aspera in 2015, and holds over a decade of intensive experience in IT Asset Management. In his role as Service Delivery Manager, he helps customers identify savings and reduce risk, while reporting key financial metrics to their management. He is responsible for delivering professional support for operative license management to global customers of all sizes.

Nicole Panas
Director of Global Marketing

Nicole has built her career in technology ensuring that Marketing programs hit their financial and creative goals. Nicole joined Aspera Technologies in 2013 as Marketing Program Manager, and became the Director of Marketing two years later. She spent most of a decade in the Visual Effects industry specializing in online marketing campaigns for business growth.

Shawn Smith
VP of Sales

Shawn joined Aspera in 2012 to lead sales efforts and expansion in the US, both direct and through channel partners. He brings over 25 years of business leadership experience in the software and services industry. In addition to his role as VP of Sales, Shawn is the Chief Sales Strategist for building a worldwide sales training program and methodology for Aspera and the USU Group.

European Management

Hans-Peter Kozica

Hans-Peter Kozica is responsible for services at Aspera. He acquired long-term international experience in different management positions, where he covered domains like Business Intelligence, IT service management, and customer relationship management. Hans-Peter graduated from Duisburg University in mechanical engineering with a focus on information sciences.

Achim Rudolph

Achim Rudolph was appointed Managing Director Sales at Aspera on May 1, 2018. In this function, he will continue to expand international sales. Prior to that, he accompanied and managed the growth and success of Orgadata AG over many years, most recently in a dual function as Chief Sales Officer of Orgadata AG and as Managing Director of Orgadata Australia Pty Ltd. in Brisbane, Australia.

Eléonore Varet – Aspera France

Eléonore Varet, Vice-President of Aspera France, is in charge of Operations and Services. Being a lawyer specialized in IT for ten years, she advised SMEs and large companies on their IT and digital projects before joining Aspera France. She has developed specific expertise in licensing agreements, the cloud and software audits. Eléonore graduated from the business school HEC Paris.

Mathias Knops

Mathias Knops joined Aspera in 2012 as a Sales Engineer before taking responsibility for Product Management and eventually moving into the role as Chief Operations Officer in 2017. Today he leads Product Management and Development at Aspera GmbH. Mathias has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to license management, he worked in the IT security industry with a strong focus on DLP for enterprise customers.