Leadership Team

Muni Boga
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Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

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.

Tom Short
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Tom Short

Chief Customer Officer & Founder

Over the course of 25 years, Tom has used his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to found numerous, highly successful companies. At each organization Tom has built, employee experience has been the cornerstone to building effective teams. He brings this expertise in corporate culture and team motivation to Kudos®. Tom leads business development at Kudos® and is active in speaking engagements and thought leadership activities in the HR industry. He is passionate about the role recognition plays in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

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.

Mike Bader
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Mike Bader

Chief Operating Officer

Mike brings over three decades of experience as a technology and business leader to the Kudos® team. Mike has had pivotal roles with companies pushing the boundaries of technology to improve processes and serve the needs of clients. Prior to joining Kudos®, he held a variety of senior roles – VP marketing, VP product, VP operations and CTO – at Benevity.

Mike was a partner with the digital marketing and development firm 5zerozero Inc. and Director of Marketing at Axia FiberNet. He first demonstrated his skills as a digital pioneer  helping Canadian Airlines to adopt new technologies and distribution channels as Manager of Interactive Marketing. At Kudos®, Mike leads the technology, marketing, and operations portfolios.

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.

Nikki Weisgarber
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Nikki Weisgarber

Director of 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 the portfolios of Client Support, Client Experience, 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.

Henry Maphosa
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Henry Maphosa

Director of Technology

Henry has over 17 years of experience working with management teams to address risk, compliance, project management, and business process improvement. He has proven expertise at scaling high-growth B2B technology companies with a focus on predictable, repeatable business processes while managing business and regulatory risk. He demonstrated those abilities most recently as VP, Business Operations at Benevity, a global leader in SaaS for CSR and employee engagement. Henry was Lead Auditor at a large North American power company and had several audit and advisory roles with a Big 4 accounting firm. Henry’s life-long passion for technology was sparked in a computer club at his high school in Zimbabwe.

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.

Anette Ceraficki
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Anette Ceraficki

Director of Human Resources

Over the course of Anette's 20+ year career in various People related roles, she has had the opportunity to work with amazing teams in Calgary based local and international tech companies, including Kudos®, Benevity, Getty Images, Uppercut and Veer. Her passion for building strong teams has led to expertise in talent acquisition, learning, leadership development, the employee experience and leading and supporting companies scaling and growth. Anette is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and is active in continuously expanding her understanding of how strong teams learn, grow and thrive though her professional learning and mentoring activities.

Muni BogaLinkedIn Logo

Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

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.

Tom ShortLinkedIn Logo

Tom Short

Chief Customer Officer & Founder

Over the course of 25 years, Tom has used his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to found numerous, highly successful companies. At each organization Tom has built, employee experience has been the cornerstone to building effective teams. He brings this expertise in corporate culture and team motivation to Kudos®. Tom leads business development at Kudos® and is active in speaking engagements and thought leadership activities in the HR industry. He is passionate about the role recognition plays in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

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.

Mike BaderLinkedIn Logo

Mike Bader

Chief Operating Officer

Mike brings over three decades of experience as a technology and business leader to the Kudos® team. Mike has had pivotal roles with companies pushing the boundaries of technology to improve processes and serve the needs of clients. Prior to joining Kudos®, he held a variety of senior roles – VP marketing, VP product, VP operations and CTO – at Benevity.

Mike was a partner with the digital marketing and development firm 5zerozero Inc. and Director of Marketing at Axia FiberNet. He first demonstrated his skills as a digital pioneer  helping Canadian Airlines to adopt new technologies and distribution channels as Manager of Interactive Marketing. At Kudos®, Mike leads the technology, marketing, and operations portfolios.

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.

Nikki WeisgarberLinkedIn Logo

Nikki Weisgarber

Director of 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 the portfolios of Client Support, Client Experience, 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.

Henry MaphosaLinkedIn Logo

Henry Maphosa

Director of Technology

Henry has over 17 years of experience working with management teams to address risk, compliance, project management, and business process improvement. He has proven expertise at scaling high-growth B2B technology companies with a focus on predictable, repeatable business processes while managing business and regulatory risk. He demonstrated those abilities most recently as VP, Business Operations at Benevity, a global leader in SaaS for CSR and employee engagement. Henry was Lead Auditor at a large North American power company and had several audit and advisory roles with a Big 4 accounting firm. Henry’s life-long passion for technology was sparked in a computer club at his high school in Zimbabwe.

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.

Anette CerafickiLinkedIn Logo

Anette Ceraficki

Director of Human Resources

Over the course of Anette's 20+ year career in various People related roles, she has had the opportunity to work with amazing teams in Calgary based local and international tech companies, including Kudos®, Benevity, Getty Images, Uppercut and Veer. Her passion for building strong teams has led to expertise in talent acquisition, learning, leadership development, the employee experience and leading and supporting companies scaling and growth. Anette is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and is active in continuously expanding her understanding of how strong teams learn, grow and thrive though her professional learning and mentoring activities.

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