Leadership - About Accela, Inc.


Proven government software expertise, SaaS savvy and a relentless pursuit of excellence

Our executive leadership team is aligned in providing a clear and strategic path for Accela, and measurable success for our customers and government software partners. Meet the team leading the company in delivering on the promise every day.

Management Team

Gary Kovacs

Chief Executive Officer

Dani Chehak

Chief Human Resources Officer

Troy Coggiola

Chief Product Officer

Khaled Jaouni

Managing Director, International

Jonathon Knight

Chief Customer Officer

Heidi Lorenzen

Vice President Marketing

Dennis Michalis

Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Nieto

Vice President Operations/Strategy

Dave Rusconi

Senior Vice President Cloud Operations

Max Schnoedl

President & Gm, Springbrook

Board Of Directors

Edward (EJ) Whelan

EJ Whelan joined Berkshire Partners in 2005 and became a Managing Director in 2012. EJ’s primary Berkshire portfolio company involvement includes Access, a provider of records and information management services, as well as prior portfolio company experience for AmSafe, Mattress Firm, Melissa & Doug, Party City and Skillsoft. Prior to Berkshire, EJ worked in the private equity industry with Summit Partners and Charlesbank Capital Partners. He also served on the management team at Sterling Auto Body Centers, a former Berkshire portfolio company, and began his career at Bain & Co. as an Associate Consultant. EJ holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Mark Jung

Mark Jung has advised Accela on strategic and operating initiatives since 2015. Mark brings more than two decades of enterprise software and cloud expertise in scaling private and public companies to achieve rapid and profitable growth. Earlier in his career, Mark founded and took public two separate technology companies, including IGN Entertainment which was sold to Newscorp in 2005. During his tenure at Newscorp, Mark served as COO of the Fox Interactive Media Group. Mark has held board positions at numerous public technology companies, including Yodlee, 3Par and Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Right to Play, the League of American Orchestras, and the Leadership Council of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. Mark holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Gary Kovacs

Gary Kovacs is Accela’s Chief Executive Officer and has more than 25 years of enterprise software and mobile technology industry leadership and executive management experience. Prior to Accela, Gary served as CEO of AVG Technologies, CEO of Mozilla, and has held senior executive positions at SAP (Sybase), Adobe (Macromedia), Zi and IBM. Gary is a frequent public speaker and has delivered keynote addresses at TED, the World Economic Forum (Davos & Shenzen), Mobile World Congress, Clinton Global Initiative, F.ounders, All things Digital /Code/ Re/Code, Fortune Brainstorm, among many others. He is a board member for numerous mission-driven technology companies and not-for-profits including Make-A-Wish, Runway Capital, and serves on the advisory boards of Docusign and the University of Calgary.

Thomas Kuo

Tom Kuo joined Berkshire Partners in 2007 and became a Managing Director in 2016. Tom’s primary Berkshire portfolio company involvement includes Catalina, a provider of personalized media for consumer promotions and advertising, Masergy, a global provider of innovative hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communications solutions, and TransDigm, a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components. Previous portfolio company involvement includes Electro-Motive Diesel, Husky and United BioSource. Before joining Berkshire, Tom worked several years in the private equity industry for companies including General Atlantic and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Tom received an A.B. from Harvard College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jonathan Nuger

Jon Nuger joined Berkshire Partners in 2012 as a Vice President. Jon’s primary Berkshire portfolio company involvement includes Access, a provider of records and information management services, and Masergy, a global provider of innovative hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communications solutions. Representative prior portfolio company experience includes Melissa & Doug and SRS. Previous to Berkshire, Jon was an Associate at Golden Gate Capital, worked at a venture-backed data services company, and was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co. Jon has an A.B. from Princeton University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Greg Pappas

Greg Pappas joined Berkshire Partners in 2010 as an Operating Partner of the Portfolio Support Group and became a Managing Director in 2013. Prior to Berkshire, Greg was a Senior Partner at The Parthenon Group where he managed its private equity practice and served as a member of the firm’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, Greg was with Deloitte’s audit and financial services group where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, as well as the organization of control, cost management and reporting systems.

Tyler Wick

Tyler Wick has over 18 years of private equity experience and has worked with dozens of privately held healthcare, software and information services companies over the course of his career. In addition to Accela, Tyler also serves on the Board of Directors of CitiXsys (retail management software) and alliantgroup, LP (specialty tax consulting services). Prior starting his private equity career in 1997, Tyler served in the investment banking division of Advest. Tyler graduated cum laude from Amherst College.