Leadership Team

Muni Boga
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Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years of experience as a founder, leader, and innovator, Muni is passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology to advance the human experience. Prior to Kudos, he led the creation of award-winning technology and design solutions for clients throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico. Muni has been listed as the lead inventor on numerous international patents, including the Digital Vinyl® CD that was acquired by Verbatim. A background in architecture was the spark that ignited Muni’s professional career specializing in product, user experience, brand and strategy. His dedication to creating innovations and models that embrace diversity, foster unity and culture, and enhance human performance, has led Kudos to be a disruptive force in the employee engagement industry.

Karim Punja
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Karim Punja

Chief Financial Officer

Karim is a CFA Charterholder with over 15 years’ experience in corporate financial management and planning. He has done extensive work in investment analysis pertaining to growth strategies, capital investments, restructuring and supporting new venture planning. Karim has also worked on multiple debt and equity financing raising over $100M. With experience at a range of global tech companies, Karim is in his sweet spot at Kudos – he loves the SaaS space because decisions are data driven and pace of change and speed at which decisions are made are faster than most legacy industries. Excited by working a business plan and analyzing business models to see how value can be created from different types of businesses, Karim loves helping to grow a company that is helping to change and improve the world of work.

Tom Short
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Tom Short

Chief Customer Officer

As Chief Customer Officer, Tom leads the thought leadership strategy at Kudos and works with our team and clients to support and deliver on our clients success. In the last 25 years, Tom has founded several successful companies. At each of Tom's organizations, employee experience has been the cornerstone, leading to high-performing teams and happy employees.

Tom is active in speaking engagements, sharing his experience and expertise surrounding entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, and of course, all things HR and employee engagement. He is passionate about the impact recognition has in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

Kelly Thompson
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Kelly Thompson

Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Kelly Thompson leads the marketing team at Kudos. Driven by a passion for tech – including a computer science degree from the University of Calgary – Kelly brings impressive experience, exceptional leadership, and a deep understanding of the Kudos mission.  

Prior to joining Kudos, Kelly has held numerous senior leadership roles, including VP Marketing at Avanti, SVP Innovation at Benevity, Inc., Chief Operating Officer at iStockphoto, and Executive VP & Executive Committee member at Getty Images (iStockphoto’s parent company.) Kelly sits on many boards, including Momentum and TechWest Collective. In his spare time, you’ll find Kelly enjoying life in Victoria, BC, doting on his husband Adam and daughter August.

Nikki Weisgarber
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Nikki Weisgarber

VP, Sales & Client Success

Over her 16-year career, Nikki has built a strong and highly diverse skillset, including project management, business development, team building, and client service and retention.  While she started her career in the finance and fintech sectors with roles at Nasdaq, Marketwired, and Greystone Managed Investments, she discovered that what she liked – and did – best was building relationships. That, and an alignment with her personal values, led to her position at Kudos, where she leads Sales, Client Support, Client Onboarding/Implementations, Client Success and Account Management. For Nikki and her team, ensuring a successful journey for our clients is the top priority – including onboarding, troubleshooting and, most importantly, helping them embed diverse and goal-related recognition into their cultures.

Jane Whitton-Podolski
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Jane Whitton-Podolski

Director, Product & Programs

A Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Jane has over 15 years’ experience in change management and enablement with technology hardware and software companies. She is passionate about delivering value and understanding through proven principles that engage, inform and prepare people for the implementation of new technology. As Kudos’ Director of Product & Programs, she leads the portfolios of Program Design, Data Insights, and Engagement and Culture. At Kudos, her team crafts communications and programs that enhance the experience for all employees, while building a productive and innovative culture. For our clients, Jane and her team create and deliver initiatives that allow them to integrate recognition into their overall cultures to improve employee engagement and satisfaction while driving business results.

Garrett Genest
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Garrett Genest

Director of Growth

Garrett brings over ten years of experience in software/technology to Kudos leading Demand Generation, Marketing Operations, and Field Marketing. Having previously worked with Calgary-based Blackline Safety and Burnaby-based Alpha Technologies, he brings experience marketing wireless IoT devices for safety, SaaS services, professional services,  power distribution, and power backup equipment. Garrett brings a global perspective, having lived in Malaysia, Argentina, Calgary, and Vancouver. His passion for technology began when he was just a kid helping his Dad build computers. They are still bonding through building computers together to this day.

Emmett McPartlin
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Emmett McPartlin

Director of Marketing Communications

Emmett is a creative leader with deep experience in digital project management and execution. Emmett is passionate about user-centred design and communications, conceptualized through empathy and data insights. He brings over 20 years of creative direction experience and a unique perspective to Kudos,  having worked in Bali, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and California in a wide variety of industries, including Cannabis, Tourism, Telecommunications, and Software. Emmett is a lifelong skier, snowboarder, and surfer – he lives in Canmore, AB, with his family.

Cheryl Smith
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Cheryl Smith

Director of Sales

Over the past 25 years, Cheryl has honed her sales, customer relations, account management, and project delivery expertise.

She is well versed in change management practices and understands each client’s unique needs. Cheryl has experience working with clients of all sizes, including significant time with enterprise organizations developing action plans that work across departments and geographies.

Cheryl attributes her success to her ability to listen to customers, advocate for them, and put their needs first.

Michelle Thomas
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Michelle Thomas

Director, Development & Architecture in Technology

Michelle is a nerd with over 20 years of experience in Software Development across a variety of industries, including Financial Services, Oil & Gas, and Real Estate. In her quest to build diverse, high-performing scrum teams, Michelle helps introverted computer geeks reach their full potential.  Her teams strive to delight our customers with robust, well-made features.

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Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years of experience as a founder, leader, and innovator, Muni is passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology to advance the human experience. Prior to Kudos, he led the creation of award-winning technology and design solutions for clients throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico. Muni has been listed as the lead inventor on numerous international patents, including the Digital Vinyl® CD that was acquired by Verbatim. A background in architecture was the spark that ignited Muni’s professional career specializing in product, user experience, brand and strategy. His dedication to creating innovations and models that embrace diversity, foster unity and culture, and enhance human performance, has led Kudos to be a disruptive force in the employee engagement industry.

Karim PunjaLinkedIn Logo

Karim Punja

Chief Financial Officer

Karim is a CFA Charterholder with over 15 years’ experience in corporate financial management and planning. He has done extensive work in investment analysis pertaining to growth strategies, capital investments, restructuring and supporting new venture planning. Karim has also worked on multiple debt and equity financing raising over $100M. With experience at a range of global tech companies, Karim is in his sweet spot at Kudos – he loves the SaaS space because decisions are data driven and pace of change and speed at which decisions are made are faster than most legacy industries. Excited by working a business plan and analyzing business models to see how value can be created from different types of businesses, Karim loves helping to grow a company that is helping to change and improve the world of work.

Tom ShortLinkedIn Logo

Tom Short

Chief Customer Officer

As Chief Customer Officer, Tom leads the thought leadership strategy at Kudos and works with our team and clients to support and deliver on our clients success. In the last 25 years, Tom has founded several successful companies. At each of Tom's organizations, employee experience has been the cornerstone, leading to high-performing teams and happy employees.

Tom is active in speaking engagements, sharing his experience and expertise surrounding entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, and of course, all things HR and employee engagement. He is passionate about the impact recognition has in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

Kelly ThompsonLinkedIn Logo

Kelly Thompson

Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Kelly Thompson leads the marketing team at Kudos. Driven by a passion for tech – including a computer science degree from the University of Calgary – Kelly brings impressive experience, exceptional leadership, and a deep understanding of the Kudos mission.  

Prior to joining Kudos, Kelly has held numerous senior leadership roles, including VP Marketing at Avanti, SVP Innovation at Benevity, Inc., Chief Operating Officer at iStockphoto, and Executive VP & Executive Committee member at Getty Images (iStockphoto’s parent company.) Kelly sits on many boards, including Momentum and TechWest Collective. In his spare time, you’ll find Kelly enjoying life in Victoria, BC, doting on his husband Adam and daughter August.

Nikki WeisgarberLinkedIn Logo

Nikki Weisgarber

VP, Sales & Client Success

Over her 16-year career, Nikki has built a strong and highly diverse skillset, including project management, business development, team building, and client service and retention.  While she started her career in the finance and fintech sectors with roles at Nasdaq, Marketwired, and Greystone Managed Investments, she discovered that what she liked – and did – best was building relationships. That, and an alignment with her personal values, led to her position at Kudos, where she leads Sales, Client Support, Client Onboarding/Implementations, Client Success and Account Management. For Nikki and her team, ensuring a successful journey for our clients is the top priority – including onboarding, troubleshooting and, most importantly, helping them embed diverse and goal-related recognition into their cultures.

Jane Whitton-PodolskiLinkedIn Logo

Jane Whitton-Podolski

Director, Product & Programs

A Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Jane has over 15 years’ experience in change management and enablement with technology hardware and software companies. She is passionate about delivering value and understanding through proven principles that engage, inform and prepare people for the implementation of new technology. As Kudos’ Director of Product & Programs, she leads the portfolios of Program Design, Data Insights, and Engagement and Culture. At Kudos, her team crafts communications and programs that enhance the experience for all employees, while building a productive and innovative culture. For our clients, Jane and her team create and deliver initiatives that allow them to integrate recognition into their overall cultures to improve employee engagement and satisfaction while driving business results.

Garrett GenestLinkedIn Logo

Garrett Genest

Director of Growth

Garrett brings over ten years of experience in software/technology to Kudos leading Demand Generation, Marketing Operations, and Field Marketing. Having previously worked with Calgary-based Blackline Safety and Burnaby-based Alpha Technologies, he brings experience marketing wireless IoT devices for safety, SaaS services, professional services,  power distribution, and power backup equipment. Garrett brings a global perspective, having lived in Malaysia, Argentina, Calgary, and Vancouver. His passion for technology began when he was just a kid helping his Dad build computers. They are still bonding through building computers together to this day.

Emmett McPartlinLinkedIn Logo

Emmett McPartlin

Director of Marketing Communications

Emmett is a creative leader with deep experience in digital project management and execution. Emmett is passionate about user-centred design and communications, conceptualized through empathy and data insights. He brings over 20 years of creative direction experience and a unique perspective to Kudos,  having worked in Bali, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and California in a wide variety of industries, including Cannabis, Tourism, Telecommunications, and Software. Emmett is a lifelong skier, snowboarder, and surfer – he lives in Canmore, AB, with his family.

Cheryl SmithLinkedIn Logo

Cheryl Smith

Director of Sales

Over the past 25 years, Cheryl has honed her sales, customer relations, account management, and project delivery expertise.

She is well versed in change management practices and understands each client’s unique needs. Cheryl has experience working with clients of all sizes, including significant time with enterprise organizations developing action plans that work across departments and geographies.

Cheryl attributes her success to her ability to listen to customers, advocate for them, and put their needs first.

Michelle ThomasLinkedIn Logo

Michelle Thomas

Director, Development & Architecture in Technology

Michelle is a nerd with over 20 years of experience in Software Development across a variety of industries, including Financial Services, Oil & Gas, and Real Estate. In her quest to build diverse, high-performing scrum teams, Michelle helps introverted computer geeks reach their full potential.  Her teams strive to delight our customers with robust, well-made features.

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