Tolga Latif, President & CEO
Tolga has been the president and CEO of Linx Technologies since March 2011 when Alpine Investors, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, acquired Linx.
Tolga has spent his career in senior manager roles in industry as well as an investor in privately held companies. Most recently, Tolga was an executive-in-residence at Alpine where he worked with Alpine businesses to improve efficiency and evaluate investment opportunities including Linx.
Prior to Alpine, Tolga held senior positions at Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 300 diversified industrial manufacturer. At Danaher, Tolga was vice president of marketing for Imaging Sciences International, the market leader in dental CAT scanners as well as the director of sales and marketing for Gems Sensors & Control, a leading provider of sensors, control and fluidic systems for OEM applications.
Tolga holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School and a bachelor of science in systems engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Tolga also holds two masters degrees from Northwestern University, including an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business and a masters of engineering management from the McCormick School of Engineering.
Mike Intravaia, CTO
Michael joined the Linx Technologies team in July of 2014 to spearhead the development of the SmartLinx cloud-computing platform.
Prior to Linx, Michael had spent his career in software development, starting as an engineer and advancing to become Vice President of Telecom at J.P. Morgan Chase.
Michael later founded the software engineering company, Odyssey Media, which provided programming talent for the finance industry. Michael would subsequently change the direction of Odyssey Media to be product-focused, resulting in the release of TitleAssist in 2007. The development of this web-based real-property tracking system, used by Title Insurance agents in their investigations during property transfers, was when Michael was first exposed to the principals and technologies behind cloud-based services. This product is still used in production today.
Michael took this knowledge to Wingspan Technology, where he spent six years as the architect and product manager of its flagship software, DocWay. At Wingspan, Michael was also able to continue delivering SaaS (Software as a Service) products for the pharmaceutical industry, designed to be used by the customer solely in the cloud, and introduced new ways to monitor and support these infrastructures.
Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering at Cornell University’s School of Engineering.
Shawn Hogan, VP of Engineering
Shawn has been the VP of Engineering for Linx Technologies since July of 2013, leading the team responsible for creating new products for Linx. Shawn joined Linx in February of 2008 as Quality Manager, where he was responsible for documenting and launching the Linx Quality and Management System. Shawn took on the role of Director of Engineering for the Merlin design team following the acquisition by Alpine Investors in March of 2011.
Prior to joining Linx Shawn held engineering management and technical contributor roles in the Hach particle counter division (now Beckman Coulter) within Danaher, A Fortune 300 diversified industrial manufacturer. At Hach Shawn was responsible for the execution of new product development, and the implementation and ongoing support of development process tools. Shawn was one of the key contributors in the creation and rollout of the Tollgate 2 (TG2) accelerated product development toolset corporate wide within Danaher. Shawn was an early adopter within Danaher in the use of global product development (GPD) resources to augment internal development teams, including presentations at the Danaher internal Conference on Innovation (DCI) on the TG2 and GPD topics.
Shawn holds both bachelors and masters of science degrees in Physics from the University of Washington.
Kris Lafko, VP of Marketing and Sales
Kris Lafko began his marketing and sales career in 1988, at a small sensor company in NJ, followed by almost 8 years in International Sales at IC Sensors, a MEMS-based company in Silicon Valley. Following his time at IC Sensors, Kris worked as the Director of Marketing and Sales at SenSym ICT, a MEMS-based sensor company. Through 2011, Kris held Marketing and Sales Director roles in the sensor industry, now much of the “Things” part of the Internet of Things.
While working as Business Development Director for the Americas at Senstronics in 2005, Kris later became a part of Danaher through the acquisition of Senstronics, and played a key role in integrating the Senstronics pressure sensor line into multiple Danaher companies. Once successfully completed, Kris’ role moved to a marketing manager role focusing on the global off-highway vehicle market, helping grow sales by 35% in the first year.
Kris joined Linx Technologies in 2012 as the Director of Worldwide Sales, and became the VP of Marketing and Sales in 2013, becoming responsible for all Marketing and Sales activities at Linx to help lead the global growth of the business. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.