Farhan Thawar

Farhan Thawar

Work History

Work History
2008 - 2009

Chief Software Architect

  • $1MM+ P&L responsibility for the department of 14 managers, developers, system administrators, quality assurance and graphic designers including career development, total compensation and performance management; highest retention and review scores of the executive team
  • Designed quarterly strategy sessions with the executive team; accountable for company-wide communications, goals and metrics
  • Decision-maker and executor of the $200k+ search engine budget (SEO & SEM); reduced cost-per-lead by 45% and increased visitors by 108%
  • Successfully transitioned team to Agile development process using Scrum, resulting in a 50% decrease in delivery time and 23% increase in performance for ~100k user member portal.
2005 - 2008

Head of Search & Platform Manager for MSN; MBA Sponsorship

  • Decision maker for the multi-million dollar marketing and content budgets; increased traffic to Live Search by 49% year over year which generated over one billion queries
  • Created and ran the most advanced search relevance lab outside of Redmond, WA to improve Live Search quality in Canada
  • Ensured availability, reliability and performance while supporting the roll-out of new features and bug fixes for 18M Canadians on the Finance, Autos, Entertainment, Video, Search and Homepage channels
2001 - 2005

Software Architect; MBA Sponsorship

Celestica Co.
  • Completed a three month assignment in Asia, hiring, training and leading a team of 11 developers to deliver software offshore saving 56% year over year
  • Led a team of 10 developers using $2MM to utilize hardware load balancers, reverse proxies, and SSL technology to create a secure, load balanced and fail-over enabled J2EE enterprise application for access to crucial reports and applications
  • Enhanced user security by helping to design and implement digital certificate technology using Tivoli Access Manager for all internal and external access. Added single-sign-on support between 150 Domino databases, including web-based email, and all internal WebSphere applications saving an estimated $12MM
1998 - 2001

Development Lead

Trilogy Software Inc.
  • Led a team of three developers to design, implement and launch a web extranet in Java using Corba/RMI/SQLServer at CarOrder.com. Reduced delivery times to customers by 59%
  • Led a team of two consultants to migrate legacy data from an international ERP source into Trilogy BackBone. Designed, tested and implemented functional architecture layout and requirements in Java with NT/Oracle to match client resources
  • Led a technical team of four by coding, testing and launching a major F500 E-Commerce website with back-end configuration and pricing using Java servlets. Performed optimization enhancements for configuration and pricing on the web in a multi-user environment in Java with Solaris/Dynamo



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