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For almost 40 years, IRI has been a private, closely-held corporation operated by its founders. IRI's seasoned technical and business managers appreciate the power of software, the benefits of alliances, and the loyalty of customers.

Executive Officers

Paul Friedland - President & CEO

Paul founded IRI in 1978 and made it the first company to provide mainframe-class sort/merge technology on open systems. Previously at Burroughs, Paul wrote the B6500-B6700 sort using co-routine architecture (hence CoSort), a library of extended precision mathematical routines, and much of their COBOL and FORTRAN compilers. He later headed development of the Research Analysis Language for the Federal Reserve Bank and IMF. With a masters in Computer Science from Penn State, Paul also taught Compiler Development at UC Irvine and DB systems at NYU. At IRI, Paul continues to apply his theory and knowledge of sorting, languages, and databases.

David Friedland - Vice President & COO

David started with IRI in 1988 to direct technology strategy and partner development. He now holds daily management responsibility for the company, works with strategic customers and consultancies, directs product line growth, and handles corporate agreements. David holds a BS in Communications from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Albany (SUNY). Prior to joining IRI, he worked in high-tech public relations at Technology Solutions in Manhattan, recorded for the VOA, and reported for NBC Radio News in Seoul. David also covers data management trends and developments in the IRI blog, works with industry analysts and business partners, and speaks at conferences.

Department Managers

Sue Gegner - QA & Support

Sharon Hewitt - Documentation

Eric Leohner - Marketing

Lisa Mangino - Sales

Don Purnhagen - R&D

Dale Robson - HR & Marcom

Luluk Soraya - Alliances

Project Directors

Vic Frisk - Containers

Claudia Irvine - EMM & MDM

Gail LaPinsky - New Data

Chaitali Mitra - GUI Testing

Zoran Raskovic - Outreach

Donna Davis - Blog

Dave Zsiga - Internals

Corporate Advisors

Dan Linstedt
Inventor of the Data Vault

Athena IT Solutions
Big Data Consulting

Bloor Group

Web Marketing

The Data Governance Institute
Privacy Law Compliance