The Specops Story
The year was 1998. The first MP3 player was released to the public, the average cost for a gallon of gas was $1.03, and the highest grossing movie was Saving Private Ryan. It was also the year Microsoft introduced NT5 Beta 2, known as Windows 2000, and in that a technology known as Group Policy. When a small group of infrastructure consultants, led by Thorbjörn Sjövold, with a focus on Systems Management Server, discovered the Active Directory platform, they anticipated an opportunity: Extending the capabilities of Group Policy without the complexity of Systems Management Server known today as System Center Configuration Manager. The opportunity became reality in 2001 when Specops Software was founded. With headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and offices in the US, Canada, and the UK, Specops Software helps organizations in more than 50 countries.
Meet Our Executives
Marcus Kaber has been guiding the strategic direction of Specops Software as the Chief Executive Officer since 2012. He is passionate about making Specops an attractive company to do business with, whether that means as a customer, a partner or for the growing team of engaged colleagues that make Specops what it is. Marcus honed his coaching skills on the basketball court and is currently Sweden’s biggest Yankees fan.
Thorbjörn Sjövold is the Head of Research and co-founded the company in 2001. He is a visionary who is grounded in developing practical solutions that make the day-to-day activities of an IT department easier for IT pros and the end users they serve. Thorbjörn never accepts status quo if it can be improved. When he is not working he loves kickboxing and perfecting his chili recipe.
Aimée Ravacon has been overseeing the global marketing initiatives as the Director of Marketing since 2013. She is a digital strategist, who believes in the power of content marketing when done right. Aimée is passionate about telling the everyday stories behind features and functionality. She practices yoga to stay sane and chooses travel destinations based on food.
Johan Ogren has been the President of the North American operations since 2005. He built the operations in the United States and Canada from scratch with a customer-centric approach that ensures customer satisfaction with the software and their experience with the company. Johan is citizen of the world who is as ambitious on the squash court as he is on the golf course.
Allin Hovsepian Abdo
Allin Hovsepian Abdo has been controlling the numbers since 2011 as the Finance Manager. She is responsible for the financial strategy and goals, and works with all of the departments of the company to ensure good business decisions. Allin dreams of driving a Formula 1 racecar, which may mean she has to purchase her first pair of flats.
Dan Andersson joined the team in 2015 as the Global Director of Sales. Dan is a seasoned executive experienced in growing and developing organizations. He is a big-picture person who loves the details that make software deliver value that supports a company’s business goals. Dan is an endurance athlete who loves to cycle, run and ski great distances for fun.
Helene Westerlund joined the team in 2017 as the Chief Technology Officer. She is an experienced leader who has grown and developed technical product teams in her previous roles within online gaming. Helene asks the tough questions and challenges people around her to change for the better. She enjoys travel, home improvement projects and the simple pleasure of her daily caffè latte.
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Specops Software Inc.
532 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1B8
+1-877-SPECOPS (773 2677)
Specops Software USA Inc.
1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1304
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Specops Software Ltd.
35 Hillingdon Avenue
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Specops Deploy/Inventory won District Administration Readers Choice Top 100 Products Award
A new release of Specops uReset introduced animated cues to the weighted identity feature as well as additional reporting features.
Specops Password Policy was updated with support for online dictionaries and password hash dictionaries.
Specops uReset was launched, enabling authentication choice with more than 20 identity services to ensure users are successful when resetting their passwords. Specops uReset receives a Gold Award from Microsoft MVP on WindowSecurity.com. Specops Deploy 6.0 was released with support for deployment of Windows 10 and Windows Defender. Specops Password Policy receives a Gold Award from Microsoft MVP on WindowSecurity.com
Gartner named Specops an Active Directory Specialist for Password Management Tools. Specops Password Management 6.3 introduced support for passphrases and our complete guide to ensuring customer success when implementing a self-service password reset solution. Specops Deploy 5.0 was released, bringing simple desktop management to tablets.
Specops Password Management was developed to include synchronization support for SAP and Domino. Specops Deploy added support for management of Forefront Endpoint Protection and the latest version of App-V.
Specops Deploy took home Gold in the Windows IT Pro Editor's Best award. Specops Password Reset was a finalist in the Best of TechEd. Specops Password Management was boosted with the addition of Specops Password Synchronization, connecting critical business systems to Active Directory password changes.