This program was designed to recognize product leaders as community representatives in the Pragmatic alumni community. As Pragmatic ambassadors, these exemplary product professionals work in partnership with Pragmatic to provide leadership and connection to our alumni community of 30,000 members and growing. In their role they also help to facilitate meaningful conversations and create a more intimate space for our members through the exchange of ideas, real-world experiences and more.
We look forward to all the great things our 2023 ambassadors will achieve this year. Connect with them in the Pragmatic Alumni Community and on LinkedIn.
Paul Meresanu is a seasoned product leader with 10 years of international experience leading product management teams across software and SaaS B2B companies, ranging from startups to large enterprises. Originally an engineer by training, Paul held product leadership positions with Broadcom, Dynatrace and Elastic. “I jumped at the chance to become PMI ambassador so that I could share my experience and help fellow product professionals maximize their potential and drive impact in their organizations.”
Head of Product, Residential Offering, at Hilo
Jean-Sébastien Tassé has more than 13 years of experience in product. He currently holds the position of Head of Product, residential offering, at Hilo, a manufacturer and integrator of smart home devices such as smart thermostats that help accelerate the energy transition. He has worked on a wide range of technology products (hardware, software, hybrid, B2B, B2C) in a number of industries, including Internet of things, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, industrial manufacturing, optics, chemical processing, materials analysis, etc. He is recognized for his strong business acumen, and solid technical background (M.Sc. in electrical engineering (fiber optics)).
Sr. Technical Product Manager at Amazon Web Services
As a Sr. Technical Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, Leon’s focus is to help developers build data lakes faster, with more connected data sources, and easier connectivity to analytical tools to transform data into insights. He is very passionate and outspoken when it comes to the needs of developers because he believes developers can help transform their business by getting the right pieces of information to the right people at the right time in the right context.
Leon is crazy about serverless and container technologies, he enjoys writing code, speaking at conferences and meetups, and blogging about it. Before joining Amazon Web Services, Leon held positions at Lightbend, VMware, JFrog and TIBCO where he helped developers get the most out of their dev tools as both a Product Manager and Developer Advocate. As much as he loves to share his thoughts, opinions and source code with you, he will not share his cheesecake…
Sr. Director, Tech & Product Operations at Viral Nation
Lisa Bruce is a highly effective, hands-on leader who influences and motivates teams to meet complex business challenges. As a Pragmatic Institute Certified Product Master, she is known to be an insightful, hypothesis-driven, strategic thinker with a proven track record of influencing agile approaches to achieve business objectives and sustain profitable growth within fast-paced matrix organizations.
Go-To-Market Specialist & SMB Consultant
Jeff is known as a Go-To-Market specialist and practices as an SMB consultant. He has been in the software innovation field for 20+ years as a Sales Architect where he works with clients and helps them build their vision. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies, single person companies, and many in between. Jeff uses a broad background selling to a technical audience to frame, understand and build solutions for pervasive issues. He has helped shape dozens of SaaS platforms by being the bridge between the business stakeholders and the technical solution. He has taken seven Pragmatic courses to date and is an avid fan of the Pragmatic community and all the value he has received by participating within the product platform.
Product Marketing for Media, Amazon | AWS
Ellen Grogan is a seasoned product professional having led market launch messaging and go-to-market strategies for more than 100 product introductions, version releases and re-launch campaigns. Ranging in everything from SaaS, professional services, hardware, application, system softwares and beyond, Ellen has a passion for working with media companies to advance technologies within areas like video editing, performance venues, news, live events and streaming. Today, Ellen leads creative tools product marketing for AWS Media and Entertainment at Amazon.