Chief Executive Officer - Michael W. Branco, JP, MBA
Michael is a born Bermudian who has been in the IT industry for 18 years with expertise in software development, cloud computing, ecommerce and IT security; serving in several executive and senior management roles in Information Technology. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, pursued graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence and Databases at Stanford University and earned his MBA from Richard Ivey Business School. Michael has attended Board of Directors & Goverenance training at Stanford Law School.
When Michael returned to Bermuda he initially worked for Butterfield Bank in Electronic Security and then he moved to Ernst & Young as a software developer. He then embarked on his path into technology start-up companies including payment processing company Promisant and IT security company QuoVadis. He founded Fireminds Ltd., which sold portions of its private cloud business to Ignition Bermuda Ltd in 2010, in May 2012, Michael completed a two year term as Executive Vice President of Ignition Bermuda Ltd. As CEO of Fireminds Ltd Michael manages all aspects of the company and serves as CTO for the company and clients on a wide range of projects including MSP, Help Desk, Cloud, Software Development, Mobile App Development, payment processing and IT security.
In October 2013 Michael completed his two year elected term as Deputy Chairman of the One Bermuda Alliance, Bermuda’s Governing Party and served as IT Director for the 2012 Campaign Team which won the 2012 General Election. In April 2012, Michael was named as a Justice of the Peace by the Governor of Bermuda. Michael is a member of the Young Presidents Organization in Bermuda, Board Member for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda, member of the Bermuda Government Immigration Board and a Director for Treefrog Risk Solutions Ltd. In addition Michael was named as Technology Student Mentor of the Year for 2012 for all his efforts in technology education throughout Bermuda. In 2013 Michael was recognized with the TechAwards 2013 award for International Innovation for his work as CIO at MediaMine and the development of the Official Hollywood Walk of Fame mobile app.
As the company's founder and CEO, Michael provides strategic oversight to Fireminds Ltd guiding the management team in product development, customer service standards, operational excellence, global partnerships and technology solutions.
Director - Polina V. Komsalova, MBA
Polina has 15+ years experience in business management in financial management institutions. Most recently Polina was a Relationship Manager in the Financial Institutions Group of HSBC Bank Bermuda Ltd, covering the Bermuda insurance and reinsurance industry.
Previously, Polina was a Shareholder's Services Manager at Bisys Hedge Fund Services in Bermuda. Earlier, Polina was the Technical Assistance Manager to a grant awarded by the European Bank for Reconstruction to a Bulgarian private equity firm.
Polina holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business with the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Institute for World Economics in Bulgaria.
Polina was born in Bulgaria and raised in Cuba and speaks English, Spanish and Bulgarian fluently with strong understanding of Russian, Portuguese and some French.
Director - Michael J. Branco
Michael Branco Sr. has over 45 years of business experience having worked in International Banking for 40 years, leading teams in charge of credit, risk management, retail banking, electronic security, human resources and treasury operations. In addition, Michael has served as CEO of a leading offshore Disaster Recovery consulting practice.
Michael Branco Sr. provides day to day oversight over Fireminds Ltd, working with the senior management team to ensure top class customer service, prudent financial management and general management of the company.
Chairman - Vicki Coelho
The Fireminds team is deep on the bench with a wide range of skills to serve our customers:
- Dima Mnushkin - Director of Re-insurance Risk Solutions
- Lynden Rowe - Senior Project Manager
- Jon Cassidy - Principal Consultant
- James Birch - Digital Marketing & Account Manager
- Natalie Sannemalm - Marketing & Account Manager
- Andrew Stoneham - Customer Care / Help Desk
- David Stec - Senior System Administrator
- Vedran Rasol - Senior Developer
- Sanjin Matusun - Senior Developer
- Cooper Simpson - Technology Consultant
- Nolan Moniz - Technology Consultant
- Pavel Nikolow - Developer & Graphics Designer Web Development
Including our management team, development teams, MSP teams and customer, Fireminds has 31 staff based in Bermuda, Canada and Europe.