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Univa was acquired by Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) in September 2020. Prior to the acquisition, Univa was the leading independent provider of software-defined computing infrastructure and workload orchestration solutions.
Univa’s intelligent cluster management software increases efficiency while accelerating enterprise migration to hybrid clouds. We help hundreds of companies to manage thousands of applications and run billions of tasks every day.

The Team

Azam Foda


Azam Foda has over 20 years of finance and operations experience in fast changing private and public companies both in the technology and manufacturing spaces. Azam has had repeated success equipping private companies with a public company like regimen and cadence. In the tech arena, Azam has supported Hummingbird Ltd.'s 10x growth and has helped successfully exit a Kleiner Perkins keiretsu company. Mr. Foda has an MBA from Rotman Business School at the University of Toronto and holds a CPA, CMA designation.

Fritz Ferstl

Senior Vice President Software Development, Altair

Fritz Ferstl brings 20 years of grid and cloud computing experience to Univa, and helps define the technical vision. Fritz, long regarded as the father of Grid Engine software and its forerunners Codine and GRD, ran the Grid Engine software business from within Sun Microsystems and Oracle, taking it from an upstart technology to the most widely deployed workload management solution, used in some of the most challenging data center environments on the planet. Under Fritz's leadership, Grid Engine software was open sourced with its own vibrant community.

Robert Lalonde

Vice President and General Manager, Cloud

Rob Lalonde brings over 25 years of executive management experience to lead Univa's accelerating growth and entry into new markets. Rob has held executive positions in multiple, successful high tech companies and startups. He possesses a unique and multi-disciplined set of skills having held positions in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and CEO and board positions. Rob has completed MBA studies at York University's Schulich School of Business and holds a degree in computer science from Laurentian University.

Bill Bryce

VP of Products

Bill Bryce brings 14 years of experience to his position as VP of Products in which he leads product management. Bill was instrumental in introducing agile development across Univa's distributed team, resulting in a doubling of engineering efficiency. Bill is also credited with the conception and development of key products including Univa's cloud management products. Mr. Bryce received his B Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

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Diamond Light Source
European Space Agency
Joint Genome Institute
Mellanox Technologies
Mentor Graphics

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Scandinavian Airlines
The Wharton School
TATA Steel
United Airlines