Max Zelenov

Director Software Development | Cloud | Edge |


Seasoned Software Development Director with over 18 years of experience in managing cloud-native enterprise applications and technical project leadership. Expert in building software development teams and crafting robust, production-level processes that yield top-tier, reliable software. Proven success in enhancing product offerings, optimizing enterprise architecture, and driving cross-functional teams toward peak performance.

Selected Skills

Software Development * Agile Methodologies * Agile Project Management *  Enterprise Architecture * Requirements Analysis * Scrum * Cloud Applications * CI/CD * Microsoft Azure * Amazon Web Services (AWS) * Software as a Service (SaaS) * SDLC * JIRA * .NET Framework * PowerShell * C# * Python * Cloud Security * Cloud Applications * DevOps * Cloud Storage * Information Security * Virtualization * Disaster Recovery * Storage * Data Center * Product Management * IT Management * SOA * Start-ups * vmWare * GDPR * Privacy Compliance * Privacy Regulations * Data Privacy * Windows * Linux * Kubernetes


Federated Wireless, Arlington, VA

Director Software Engineering. 2018 to 2024

  • Directed the end-to-end creation and production deployment of a scalable, cloud-native platform
    for wireless network signal coverage mapping, utilizing AWS EKS, SQS, and Python to ensure robust
    scalability and reliability
  • Led and directly contributed to the architectural design and development of a Kubernetes-based
    hybrid (Edge/Cloud) application for enabling mobile device connectivity (Mobile Core).
  • Played a key role in architecture and development of a major cloud-native, enterprise-level
    application on AWS, designed to optimize national radio frequency spectrum distribution for wireless communication services.
  • Directed the engineering, development, and testing of a DISA STIG-secured Linux-based solution for wireless edge deployments. Conducted security design reviews, testing, and risk assessments.

Quest Software

Director Software Development
November 2016 – August 2018
Reston, VA
(DELL Software acquired by Francisco Partners)

Leading agile engineering team building cloud-native SaaS web and storage systems.

Responsible for bringing a fully-fledged cloud-native SaaS product (Quest QuorePortal) from inception to production release in under a year.

In charge of all stages of a SaaS product delivery pipeline from requirements to architecture, to implementation, to RTM and support.

Running a team developing company’s leading SaaS offering employing the latest cloud technologies on Azure such as Service Fabric (microservices), Service Bus (topics and subscriptions), Cosmos DB, Azure Table Storage, Redis, KeyVault.

Other areas of expertise: GDPR compliance and privacy, DevSecOps, QA management, UX.

Day-to-day responsibilities

  • Working with project stakeholders to plan and execute projects
  • Creating and maintaining product specifications
  • Team direction and resource management


Product Development Senior Manager
February 2012 – November 2016
Reston, VA
(AppAssure Software acquired by DELL)

Managing an agile development team building cloud-native web and storage systems.

Areas of impact

  • Software development process control
  • Release management
  • Providing teams with guidance and expertise for solving technical and software development issues
  • Managing relationships with Support, QA, Product management and Sales organizations
  • Interfacing with project stakeholders
  • Team direction and resource management and staffing
  • Project scoping and planning
  • Creating and maintaining product specifications

AppAssure Software

Principal member of a startup’s core team.
June 2006 – February 2012
Reston, VA

One of the first employees and a principal contributor to the startup’s success and eventual acquisition by DELL

Fundamentally contributed to all aspects of startup’s success including forming the initial idea of application-aware data protection, overall product architecture, running development teams, documentation, marketing, product support and product management

Following successful growth of the company focused on running Development full time up to the moment of acquisition.


Senior IT Engineer
May 2005 – July 2006
Herndon, VA

Worked as IT engineer for a financial software company.
Mantas was acquired by Oracle in October of 2006

Symantec / Veritas

Sr Systems Analyst
July 2003 – January 2005
Herndon, VA

Precise Software Solutions

IT Manager
September 2001 – July 2003
Reston, VA


IT Manager
December 1998 – September 2001
Reston, VA


National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys)
Master’s Degree, Process automation · (1992 – 1998)