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Leadership Team

Meet the team who are focused on improving the student experience using AppsAnywhere and application virtualization technologies at universities and colleges across the world.

At Software2 we focus exclusively on providing the best virtualization solutions for universities and community colleges. We're unique in what we do. We are the world leaders!

Find out more about our global leadership team of app-virt experts and software deployment specialists, who know everything there is to know about delivering applications in the world of Higher Education.

Nick Johnson - AppsAnywhere and app-virt specialist at Software2

Nick Johnson

Co-founder and CEO

I strongly believe that new technologies can deliver better outcomes to students. One of our customers has used our solutions to move into the top 10 universities and cited working with Software2 as the key facilitator. I am not only focused on improving student happiness but also on how this enhances the wider academic community.

Nick leads the sales and marketing teams in the USA, EMEA and UK with a particular focus on using customer success to share new and better ways of working in universities and community colleges. With a background in groundbreaking and exciting technology and a strong affinity to working across the further education sector, Nick is particularly proud of his involvement with universities that enhance student outcomes and become more competitive.

Interests include watching soccer (Cambridge United!), squash and Asian-fusion cooking.

Follow Nick on Twitter - @Nick_Johnson

Connect with Nick on LinkedIn

Tony Austwick - virtualization expert at Software2

Tony Austwick

Co-founder & President

At Software2 we strive to deliver technology that improves the student learning experience and improves outcomes. I believe technology can really deliver to the education sector and so far I have been delighted to introduce our "Gartner Cool" technology to over 100 universities in the USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Holland and South Africa.

Since co-founding Software2 in 2009, Tony has led on technology and championing customer projects and university virtualization needs. In 2014 Tony co-launched our US office in Cambridge, MA and implemented our technology at four leading universities inside the first six months. Tony has also overseen our growth (from somewhat humble beginnings!) so that we are now one of the turnkey solutions for universities to improve what they offer to students and staff. 

Interests include buffalo wings, single malts, darts, craft ales, tweed, photography and gadgets.

Follow Tony on Twitter - @TonyAustwick

Connect with Tony on LinkedIn

Marcus Conway - CMO at Software2, AppsAnywhere

Marcus Conway

Senior VP

It's awesome to be involved with a customer centric, cool tech company like Software2. Our company is awesome, our team is awesome, our solutions are awesome and our customers are totally awesome too.

Marcus loves working in customer-focused technology companies - where customers are more like friends and success is shared. Working with customers like Surrey University, Marcus has helped the company gain recognition in globally important awards for improving the student experience.

Interests include Top Gun, crisps, soccer, daddy day, Lego, whisky and ribs.

Follow Marcus on Twitter - @CMO_Marcus

Connect with Marcus on LinkedIn

Phil Morgan - Software2 COO

Phil Morgan

COO (Chief Operations Officer)

I'm passionate about using technology to make people's lives easier – new tech is too often a barrier when it should be an enabler. That’s why I joined Software2. In over 12 years working in University IT, no other solution had the same awesome impact to the student (and staff) experience as AppsAnywhere!

Previously one of our early adopters, Phil knows first-hand what it’s like to manage a complex range of IT and virtualization services and projects at a world-ranked University. Now, Phil leads our global operations team covering implementations and support, packaging services, training, and account management. Having worked directly with over 150 Universities and Colleges worldwide, Phil’s focus on customer success has helped us to pioneer new services, drive service improvements and solve ed-tech problems better than ever before, all to make delivering and deploying software apps at universities the best it can be for everyone involved.

Interests include DIY, home automation, VR gaming and flying light aircraft.

Connect with Phil on LinkedIn                                                                         

Peter Cooke - Software2 CMO

Peter Cooke

CMO (Chief Marketing Officer)

It's my job to spread the good news at Software2. And with three new universities and colleges choosing AppsAnywhere each month, there's plenty to talk about. I love meeting with universities across Europe and North America, learning how they've used our tech to improve the student experience!

Interests include travel, vintage keyboards, American whiskeys, smart tech and BBQ food

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn

Ryan Heath - Application deployment and AppsAnywhere technical lead

Ryan Heath

CTO (Chief Technology Officer)

The end-user experience is so often overlooked when implementing systems that are designed to solve management problems, or simplify and streamline working processes. Objectives and success criteria mean nothing unless the end-users actually use and love your systems.

Since entering the virtualization arena in 2007, Ryan has been focused solely on developing systems to simplify and streamline the application delivery process for end users. Making use of a world of existing technologies, designed for securing, monitoring and managing the student IT experience, as well as the latest web technologies, to build truly user-focused solutions capable of meeting the complex needs of the education sector

As an avid user and promoter of technology, Ryan is fastidious about the way in which it is presented to users and understands the importance of user experience when it comes to the success and usability of a system, especially when it comes to the less savvy users, or those with special requirements.

Interests include skiing & snowboarding, surfing, live sound & lighting, and pointless tech.

Follow Ryan on Twitter - @RyanAtS2

Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn

Edward Jansen van Rensburg - Software2 Europe GmbH

Edward Jansen van Rensburg

Managing Director Software2 GmbH

I believe one should lead from the front, and adopt a 'nothing is impossible' attitude. Most of all, be honest and proud of what you do. I like to build long standing relationships with clients and partners. I listen to issues and understand their business goals. I'm passionate about using virtualization to improve IT efficiency and the user experience.

Edward leads the European team with AppsAnywhere – the market leading virtualization and UAD solution - in both education and enterprise. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IT across South Africa and Europe. Edward serves customers in a wide range of industries, from small to corporate level with the aim to help them improve the way in which applications are deployed to their users. Edward has a strong focus on customer satisfaction and using the latest virtualization technologies to solve real business problems.

Interests include hiking, traditional archery, tech stuff, family time, whisky and “Braai”.

Follow Eddie on Twitter - @EdwardAtS2

Connect with Eddie on LinkedIn

Corné Meulendijks - Software2 GmbH Sales Director

Corné Meulendijks

Sales Director Software2 GmbH

I like the feeling when customers get excited about what I do – showing them how we can deliver any application to any device. It’s great to sell a product that gets people excited and solves many of their virtualization problems. We have a great app-virt solution, that makes the lives of our customers easier and more manageable.

Corné has more than 25 years’ experience in software sales. Prior to founding Software2 GmbH he worked for leading software manufactures to build their brand in Europe. Corné is responsible for leading sales teams across the Eurozone and building on the successful virtualization roll outs in Germany and beyond.

Interests include fishing, hiking, skiing, safari in Africa and good wine.

John Woolcott - Software2

John Woolcott

Executive Director

Universities in all regions of the US are benefitting from a more effective virtualization solution. A solution built, designed and delivered to meet their exact needs.

John has 35 years general management experience in the global high tech environment. He has held senior management positions in companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to multibillion dollar enterprises. He has served many years as a Main Board of Directors of a publically held company and acted in an advisory capacity to numerous smaller organizations.

As a citizen of the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand, he has not only traveled extensively but has a unique and in depth understanding of ‘globalization’ as well as the establishment and management of operations in the World’s major markets. An avid sailor and boat owner he has made many ocean passages and has resided in Boston, MA for many years. 

Interests include sailing, yachting, the sea, boats, travelling by boat, beaches, marine activities, and all-things nautical!

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