CIQ Leadership Team

CIQ’s leadership team has an unparalleled degree of experience building and running Linux-based infrastructure at scale for some of the most demanding applications.

From the base operating system, through cloud, VMs, containers, all the way to the top of a unified application stack, the CIQ team uniquely understands the point of view of customers across a diversity of industries.

Robert Adolph

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Adolph has introduced disruptive innovations in technology and business strategy for the past 25 years. He has integrated engineering and research and development experience with large partners and customers specialized in engineering, computing, digital, and project management. Adolph has been an advisory board member and angel investor in many start-ups and is a premium partner for customers on innovative project development.

Rob Dufalo

SVP Engineering

Dufalo has worked on both ends of the computing spectrum, delivering solutions for the second- largest search engine in the world and working on IoT and embedded computing solutions for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in development, quality management, and operating cloud-native solutions.

John Frey


Frey has spent the last 20 years of his career creating partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and operating cost efficiency. His primary focus is using his research and engineering experience to apply machine learning with data-driven insights to solve HPC and cloud computing solutions to CIQ’s current product stack.

Zane Hamilton

VP Sales Engineering

Hamilton was previously with Red Hat as a cloud sales specialist and Verizon as director of cloud strategy and integration. He brings strong customer insights from diverse roles, spanning developer, middleware, and server administrator functions. Additionally, he brings project management expertise in leading a large global consulting business.

Gregory M. Kurtzer

Founder and CEO

Kurtzer is a 20+ year veteran in Linux, open source, and HPC. He is well known in the HPC space for designing scalable and easy-to-manage secure architectures for innovative performance-intensive computing while working for the U.S. Department of Energy and holding a joint appointment to UC Berkeley. Kurtzer founded and led several large open source projects such as CentOS Linux, the Warewulf and Perceus cluster toolkits, the container system Singularity (now Apptainer), and most recently, the successor to CentOS, Rocky Linux.

David LaDuke

VP Marketing

LaDuke is a former marketing executive at Apple and NeXT, having started his career in open source as a co-founder and CMO at Linuxcare. He went on to found Sputnik, the world’s first cloud solution for managing guest Wi-Fi networks, which was acquired by Lokket in 2017 to form what is today a growing wireless internet service provider focused on providing affordable broadband to schools and underserved communities across the U.S.

Stephen Moody

SVP Support and Technology

Moody is a technology executive, formerly at MIW for over 15 years, where he has developed patented products that focus on utilizing green technologies. His experience with IBM, Boeing, Microsoft, Rackable Systems, and ZT Systems has given him the opportunity to leverage his ability to build high-performing technology teams and solutions.

Marlin Prager


Prager has over 26 years of experience in the media and entertainment industries, where he has been directly involved in equity, debt, and merger and acquisitions deals totaling more than $10 billion. He formerly was with Legendary Entertainment, which was acquired by Wanda in 2016. He then worked on several start-up projects, including OpenDrives and Illuscio, before joining CIQ. Prager was formerly a partner at W2 Films and also founded Digital Cinema Ventures, supporting the rollout of digital projectors in theaters. Prager began his career with Price Waterhouse, where he earned his CPA.

Brock Taylor

VP HPC and Strategic Partners

Taylor brings over 20 years experience working in the silicon industry at Intel Corporation and most recently AMD. He has held positions of solutions architect, manager, and director for HPC systems, roles in which he focused his efforts on abstracting away the complexities of HPC systems from users to help expand access to these technologies across scientific and engineering domains.

Art Tyde

VP Business Development

Tyde is a 30-year veteran of open source with significant technology sales and engineering experience in both start-ups and the enterprise. Tyde is credited as the founder of the enterprise Linux services and support industry, having founded the San Francisco (and Silicon Valley) Bay Area Linux Users Group in 1994 and co-founded Linuxcare with CIQ VP marketing, David LaDuke.