Board of Directors


Francesco Cesarini
Technical Director
Francesco Cesarini's Photo Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions, who have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of Erlang Programming, a book recently published by O’Reilly and lectures at Oxford University and the IT University of Gothenburg.

Stuart Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer
Stuart WhitfieldStuart joined the Erlang Solutions board in October 2009 as Commercial Director, working on its commercialisation, contractual and IPR strategies. Stuart was then appointed CEO of Erlang Solutions in January 2011. He has worked as a lawyer specialising in corporate and project finance and commercial contracts, particularly those involving complex outsourcing arrangements. For the last 6 years he was CEO and Senior Partner of a major UK law firm.

Stuart has a law degree from Exeter University. He chairs the Confederation of British Industry's South West Region. He is also a director of North Somerset Housing (social housing provider) and Listechnology Limited (superplastic forming of metal using lasers).

Bjarne Dacker
Non-executive Director
Bjarne Dacker's Photo Bjarne Däcker joined Ericsson in 1966 as programmer and systems analyst. In 1984 he set up the Computer Science Lab together with Mike Williams to explore, develop and introduce new software technology in Ericsson often in collaboration with university research. The CSLab pioneered things like Unix, A.I., Lisp, Prolog and workstations in Ericsson. Erlang was created at the CSLab by an initial team of Joe Armstrong, Mike Williams and Robert Virding. Bjarne organised the first Erlang User Conference in 1994. He has had various external commitments such as chairman of the steering committee of the Swedish national research programme in Computer Science 1987-1992 and member of the Evaluation Committee of European Union's ICT-Prize. The CSLab was closed in 2002 in the IT crash. Bjarne holds a Technology Licentiate degree of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and was promoted to an Honorary Doctorate of Technology at Linköping University in 1993. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of the Engineering Sciences.

Shomit Basu
Finance Director
Shomit Basu's Photo Shomit Basu is an entrepreneur, management consultant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He started his career within a firm of London based Chartered Accountants and before moving into Commerce and Industry within Finance Director and Operations Director roles.
Shomit has a wide range of management experience including considerable experience in assisting new businesses in logistics and change management to profit optimisation and cost control. Having gained key financial experience during his tenure as a Chartered Accountant, he serves as senior commercial advisor to a number of clients and partner companies.
Always willing to challenge the status quo he is an excellent problem solver and team leader and has key financial control skills and strategic vision.

Kresten Krab 
Non-executive DirectorKresten Krab
Kresten Krab Thorup is CTO of Trifork, a public Danish company providing software solutions to government and financial services providers.  Trifork is also creator of the long-running JAOO conference, and co-creator of QCon.  As Trifork CTO Kresten in responsible for technical strategy, and spends most of the time acting as internal consultant, researching future technologies, as well as being editor for JAOO and QCon conferences.  Kresten has also been a principal contributor to Trifork's own Java EE certified application server "Trifork T4", where he authored the built-in CORBA ORB, a custom Java RMI implementation (now part of Apache Yoko), the transaction manager, the database connection management system, and the Java byte code rewriting subsystem.

Jørn Larsen
Non-executive Director
Jorn's Photo Jørn Larsen has since 1996 been director of Trifork and has been co-founder of the subsidiary ACURE, which today is owned by IBM. His expertise includes: Management of growth companies,  takeover and acquisitions, active board work, divestment of operations or parts of the company and establishment of new business areas, strategic cooperation with partners and strategic cooperation with customers.


Mike Williams
Non-executive Director
Mike Williams Mike initially joined Ericsson as a Hardware Designer in 1970 before founding the Ericsson Computer Science Laboratory in 1980 with Bjarne Däcker. It was within this lab that Erlang was born. Mike's role was to develop the first Erlang virtual machine; he worked out the primitives for fault handling and dynamic code replacement. In the 1990s Mike became a General Manager, running a number of large wire line and radio division projects within Ericsson. Mike  brings with him a wealth of expertise in enterprise-grade use of Erlang in telecoms and large scale software development.