• Meet Our Leaders

  • JJ Alvarez

    Founder and Managing Director

    JJ is a seasoned Technology Consulting Practice Director with over 21 years of experience developing Global Technology Consulting capability and delivering Strategy and Transformation engagements including Infrastructure, Cloud, and DevOps Implementations for Fortune 1000 companies. Through contributions to proven DevOps Frameworks and Automated Application Development solutions, JJ has helped bring successful Production Delivery and mature Software Development Lifecycle practices to Enterprise clients across the globe. JJ holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    Lester Fairley

    DevSecOps Practice Director

    Lester has 15+ years of Consulting, Business Development, and Project Delivery experience in DevOps, Infrastructure Management and Enterprise level Release Management. Lester has lead highly successful operations across many different types of industries including, Retail, Ecommerce, Banking, Insurance and Telecom. Along with vast experience delivering DevOps solutions, Lester also heads up the Zivra DevOps Platform Initative that is used to showcase CIOs and CTOs the potential value of DevOps solutions. Lester holds an MBA and BS in Finance and Computer Science.

    Waqas (Sid) Siddiqui

    Director of Cloud Services

    Sid is an experienced Technology Director in Zivra’s Cloud consulting practice who demonstrates deep understanding of public, private and hybrid cloud architecture and functional disciplines. He has over 15 years of experience defining strategy, planning and execution to ensure that the customers' cloud computing and DevOps initiatives deliver maximum value.

    Fabiola Lagunas

    Director of Operations

    Fabiola has been involved with Zivra to some capacity since its founding. Aside from managing the daily business operations, Fabiola works closely with Marketing to ensure that our brand is well represented. In her free time, Fabiola enjoys Art and Music. Fabiola has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and studied Psychology in Illinois.

      Arthur Alvarez

      Director of Sales and Alliances

      Arthur has 20 years of technical experience and has held various roles in Engineering, Sales & Marketing. He is responsible for strategic business development, industry alliances and Marketing strategies. He has a BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

      Susy Tristan

      Director of Human Resources

      Susy has been an HR Director for over 20 years working to develop global talent at High Tech companies in the Telecommunications, Software Development and Infrastructure industries. Susy prides herself in developing high performing consultants who specialize in current technologies, like DevOps and Cloud. Her focus at Zivra is building an organization that fosters creativity and collaboration. Other areas of expertise include Compensation Planning, Training, Recruiting, and Benefits. Susy has a degree in Business Administration from the University Autonoma de Coahuila.

        James Smith

        AWS Architect

        James has 20+ years experience working in all stages of the software development lifecycle--including programming, release management, system architecture, security hardening, and production operations. James has deep insights into the potential pain points and pitfalls of modernizing software development. James holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science, along with several professional certifications including Cloudbees Certified Jenkins Engineer, Atlassian Certified Jira and Systems Administrator, and AWS Certified Developer.

        Jorge Fuentes

        Latin America DevSecOps Lead

        Jorge has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry designing and implementing projects that involve DevOps strategy and building IT infrastructure, process and policies for Technology and Business Operations, Environment Management, Configuration Management, Production Operations Support, Telecommunications and Data Management. Jorge has an MBA in Information Technology Management and years of experience lecturing and training in the IT and DevOps space.

        Gabriel Orce

        Latin America DevSecOps Lead

        Gabriel has over 12 years experience in IT, 7 of which have been dedicated to DevOps, working in the field in both the US and Argentina. He has extensive experience in tooling and technologies supporting SCM, Release Management, Build/Deployment processes and Environment Management. Gabriel holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the National University of Tucuman, Argentina.