Meet the Team

Located in Austin, Texas, Nitrosphere was founded with a passion for bringing innovative solutions in compression technology to the market.


Fred Johannessen- Chief Executive Officer 

Fred Johannessen is the chairman and co-founder of Nitrosphere.  Fred’s most recent experience is with HEAT Software as the Vice President of International Sales, Alliances and Channels for FrontRange Software.  Fred has also served as the Vice President of Business Development at ScienceLogic, and held executive positions at BMC Software.  He has spent more than 30 years in the software industry, having filled a variety of roles including managing development teams, leading marketing and strategy teams, and business development. He has built thriving user communities and ecosystems, been a corporate blogger, is widely published, and has a patent pending. Fred began his career as a software developer after graduating from University of Washington with a degree in math and computer science.

Mark Wright- Chief Architect and CTO

Mark Wright is a co-founder of Nitrosphere and chief architect of the company’s products.  Mark has spent much of his career pioneering database management products at companies including BMC Software and Quest Software, where he developed the industry leading products Change Manager and LiteSpeed for SQL Server.  He currently has three patents pending, covering virtualization and compression technologies.  From learning to push the limits of hardware before even entering high school, Mark has continued to use his skills to get the most performance possible out of the hardware available.