World Wide Woo

Mark Forrester Co-Founder

Howzit. I'm proudly located in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. With a background in digital design I now spend most my time managing the Woo machine and all the exciting projects we have undergo. I'm also a keen photographer, new dad and avid sports fan.

Magnus Jepson Co-Founder

From the fjords of Norway, I co-founded WooThemes because of my passion for web design. Together with the leadership team, I'm at the helm of the WooShip. Outside work I love fly fishing and surfing, and I'm also a scratch golfer.

Warren Holmes Chief Marketing Officer

Born in South Africa and raised in Zimbabwe, I'm proudly African having spent time in almost every Southern African country. With an engineering background, I lead Woo’s marketing team  with a focus on growth through the efficient use of technology available, great content and innovation.

Michael Krapf Chief Happiness Officer

Hello! I'm a father, husband, obsessed with continuous improvement, and addicted to Woo! I enjoy reading, learning, helping others and look forward to meeting you in support.

Joel Bronkowski Business Development Manager

Howdy! I lived in the same 5 mile radius for 20 years before falling in love with South Africa. Who would've thought Woo HQ would be located right down the street. I was first introduced to WooThemes upon launching a WooCommerce store selling Apple accessories. I am now heading up Business Development here at Woo and loving it. I manage all partnerships and form part of the leadership team. I look forward to serving the Woo community and helping build this business.

Matty Cohen Chief Product Officer

I'm a web developer & WordPress enthusiast. While training as a graphic designer, I fell in love with making things work and the world of code. I take care of product and look after TeamDev at WooThemes. I'm all about pushing boundaries & making the "impossible" possible. Lover of punk rock, guitars and old cartoons.

Louise Shone Account Manager

I’m an extreme coffee drinker, a magazine junkie and a series addict. When I’m not Woo-ing it up, I’m something of a sports junkie, particularly those of the racket-wielding variety, and I love exploring new recipes, finding new music and investigating the ins and outs of the Mother City (Cape Town).

Riaan Knoetze Support Ninja

Hey! I'm Riaan from sunny South Africa. In a previous a life I was trained in the art (nay, Science!) of Psychology before switching to coding. I've been developing WordPress themes and plugins professionally since 2008, with a predominant focus on Front End Development. When I'm not behind a connected device, I'm usually engaged in some outdoor adventurous activity that requires stamina and fitness. I look forward to meeting you in support.

Barry Kooij WooCommerce Developer

Hi! I'm a web and software developer from The Netherlands. At Woo I work on WooCommerce core and extensions. I also like contributing to open source projects, attending and speaking at WordCamps and meetups.

Nicola Mustone WooCommerce Ninja

Howdy, i'm Nicola, simply "D" for friends. I'm a WordPress developer and WooNinja from Italy, in love with customer support here at WooThemes. I love any dance, Hip Hop, Caribbeans, Latinos and Standards. When i'm not dancing or helping you on the Helpdesk, i'm in the woods playing soft-air.

Andrew Benbow WooCommerce Support Lead

I'm a UK based developer who has spent the last 10 years working on e-commerce websites for small businesses. I've been involved with WooCommerce since, well, before it was WooCommerce and I developed several plugins before joining the Woo Team as a support ninja specializing in WooCommerce support. I split my time between the UK and the US and when I'm not working I'm watching F1 or Baseball, go Reds!

Constantin Schneider WooCommerce Support Ninja

Hi, I am Constantin, a WordPress and Open Source enthusiast from Germany. I have built websites of many shapes and sizes. At Woo I am a WooCommerce Support Tech and once a year I enjoy teaching WordPress for a few weeks at the University of Mainz. When I am not improving the world with Woo, I play with Ableton Live, contact juggle, visit the gym or hit the dance floor at my favorite venues.

Jeff Pearce Senior Developer

Most know me online as Jeffikus, I've been working with WordPress for 8 years and a developer at Woo for 6. I work on our free products on, the FlexSlider JavaScript library, and am part of the Themes Team. Oh, and I was the original developer of our Learning Management plugin, Sensei!

Shaun Kuschel WooCommerce Support Ninja

Yo! My name is Shaun and I'm from Austin, Texas. I'm a gamer, traveler, and large-scale art piece builder. I've loved web design ever since I created my first GeoCities (R.I.P.) website as a kid and I'm passionate about helping people realize their dreams via WordPress and WooThemes.

Gerhard Potgieter Lead Developer

Hi, I am a Web Developer and WordPress enthusiast from Cape Town, South Africa. I have been developing extension for WooCommerce since it went live. At WooThemes I am the lead developer on our mothership, I also contribute towards WooCommerce a lot, and when I have some spare time on my hands I enjoy home brewing and exploring all sorts of craft beers.

Sven Hutchinson Support Ninja

Hi, I am originally from Manchester England, but I am usually somewhere else in the world. In 2013 you'll find me mainly in Asia. I love the direction that WordPress and WooThemes are going in, and I am honoured to be part of such a WooAwesome team. You'll find me tinkering round in the support area, helping you out with all your needs. Say hi any time!

Dominique Rossouw Office Superhero

Hello! I manage the daily operations at WooHQ and ensure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Apart from managing the Woo base I am a board member of a local animal rescue group and in my spare time can be found surrounded by four legged friends of the doggy variety.

Daniel Dudzic Support Technician

Hi there! I'm Daniel from Poland. I'm an educated violinist, huge design and typography enthusiast, Apple product lover, Yerba Mate freak, and of course a WordPress believer. At Woo I'm responsible for the support forum ninjitsu!

Stuart Duff Support Team Lead

Hi! My name is Stuart and I am from Glasgow, Scotland. I'm a WordPress addict that loves all things WordPress, CSS, HTML, PHP and of course WooThemes. You will find me helping you out with support requests and customizations with the rest of our fantastic support staff.

Dwain Maralack Ninjineer

Hi ! my name is Dwain, I live in Port Elizabeth (ZA). I started developing custom WordPress solutions a few years ago and love being involved with the open source community. At WooThemes I have joined forces with other awesome support ninjas to make sure that you remain a very happy Woo customer.

Michael Tieso WooCommerce Ninja

Hi! My name is Michael and I love to travel. I've circled the globe a few times and visited over 30 countries. I like to write about my adventures and encourage others to travel. When I'm not traveling, I'm making the world a better place with WooCommerce.

Steve Ellemberg WooCommerce Support Ninja

Hey now! I’m Steve, originally from New York, now living in Northern California in the suburbs of Silicon Valley. I’ve been building and managing Ecommerce sites for many years and I have also been successful as an Affiliated Woo Worker. Now as part of the Woo team, I look forward to helping you get your eCommerce project running smoothly so you can focus on your business.

Job Thomas Education and Training Manager

Hallo! I'm a Belgian living in Cape Town with a passion for education, training and WordPress, trying to combine the three at WooThemes. In my spare time I run an e-zine called CULTURESHOCK, and enjoy movies, music, photography, reading, travelling, good food and (Belgian) beer.

Ryan Ray Video Vanguard

Hi there! Legally my name is Ryan but I've earned nick names such as The Cannon and Heisenberg. I'm the Video Vanguard at WooThemes. I'm continuously working to push our videos forward. I'm here to help you understand us and all our products better through the power of video.

Hugh Lashbrooke Community Engagement Manager

I've been kicking around in WordPress for a good few years now and I absolutely love working with it. My role on the WooThemes team is to take care of our relationship with the rest of the WordPress community - I'm totally passionate about WordPress, the community and all that it represents.

Gary Murray Product Manager of

I hold a bachelors degree in Graphic Design and have gained a broad range of experience working with a range of different companies, from startups to large international corporates. As the Product Manager I am responsible for the overall customer experience in relation to the WooThemes site.

Remi Corson Ninjineer

Hey! My name is Remi and i am a WooCommerce support technician from France. I am also a plugin developer for WordPress and guess what? I love code! When i'm not answering your tickets i may be playing the guitar or practicing kitesurf.

Roy Ho WooCommerce Product Developer

Hey there! I am a WooCommerce Product Developer living out of sunny state California. My passion is in technology and anything related to it. When I am away from projects and bug fixes, you can definitely find me in the gym pumping some iron or hiking. So drop me a line and say HELLO!

Patrick Rauland WooCommerce Product Manager

Hi! My name is Patrick and I love figuring out the way things work which means that I love looking through code and geting to the bottom of tricky little bugs. When I'm done inspecting things with my computer I love being outside or doing yoga.

Mike Jolley Developer

Hi! I'm a developer/designer and WP evangelist from the UK. I love extending the functionality of WP and pushing what it can do. I'll be responsible for some exciting stuff at Woo; developing themes and plugins, WooCommerce and experimenting with top secret projects deep down in the Woo Labs.

Tiago Noronha Developer

Ola! I am Tiago, a Web Designer, Developer and General Geek from Coimbra, Portugal. I joined WooThemes in late 2008 and many things have changed since those first days. I spend most of my days working on new themes, doing theme maintenance and helping the rest of team wherever I can.

James Koster Designer

Sup! I'm a twenty-something year old designer from the UK. I've been working with WordPress since version 1.x and my travels have lead me down a path of eCommerce and App design. At Woo I'm responsible for the design and development of themes in those disciplines as well as managing the direction of the Woo Labs.

Maria Scarpello Internal Community Manager

Hi! I'm Maria, the Internal Community Manager at WooThemes. My main responsibilities include being an Ambassador for our Ninjas, as well as a coach, builder, unifier, cheerleader, Santa Claus, travel planner, a pal and a confidant. When I'm not helping Ninjas and customers at Woo I'm out exploring the US in my RV visiting the best craft beers our nation has to offer @TheRoamingPint. Cheers!

Dan Johnson Sensei Product Lead

Hi, I'm Dan, from Sheffield in the UK. I've been a huge fan of WordPress for years, and I love what WooThemes is doing to make WordPress even more awesome and easy for anyone to use. At Woo, I'm the product lead for our LMS plugin - Sensei.

Cobus Bester Designer & Front-end Developer

I have a great passion for good design, and pride myself in the attention to detail. I'm designing in Photoshop, slicing themes into XHTML and CSS, doing some basic WordPress stuff, theme maintenance, and helping out where ever else I am needed!

Bryce Adams WooCommerce Ninja

Hi! I’m Bryce and I’m a WordPress addict. I’ll be around solving all of your WooCommerce problems and making your life easier! When I’m not developing WordPress plugins or helping you out, I’m travelling around the world, taking my motorbike for a spin and thinking of new projects to code.

Sean Cull WooCommerce Support Training Lead

Hi! I'm Sean, a WooCommerce Support Ninja who lives in the land of maple syrup and poutine (Canada). I love working with technology, especially WordPress. Outside of work, I'm an amateur foodie, confirmed movie buff, avid soccer fan, and NFL newbie.

Kenin Bassart Support Ninja

Howdy! I’m a full-time traveler, photographer, blogger, car nut, and lover of all things beer! There’s nothing I love more than hopping in my car, taking a road trip, and getting lost along the way. I have a passion for teaching and helping people and am thrilled to be able to do that here at Woo!

Zach Wiesman Support Ninja

Greetings! I'm from a small town in Wisconsin, and currently live in Minnesota. I have experience in just about everything but coding, and love learning new things. I enjoy sports, volunteering, and spending time with my growing family. I'm here at Woo to help with customer questions and support!

Erica Kuschel Support Ninja

Howdy! Howdy! My name is Erica and I hail from Austin, Texas. I have been involved with the blogging world for over 10 years and with Wordpress products since 2008. When I'm not glued to my computer, I'm an avid traveler, painter, sculptor, and hula hooper. You can always follow my adventures at Over Yonderlust.

Danny Santoro Special Ops Ninja

Hey everyone! I'm a Cincinnati born and raised movie fanatic with an obsession for tech, code, and anything with a current, switch, or explosion. In the daytime I love web design, video production, and general business online. I even make movies - fun!

Aviva Pinchas Growth Marketer

Hi friends! I’m a marketer from Austin, Texas. Before falling in love with telling stories and crunching numbers, I spent every weekend for eight years doing what most people fear more than death: I was a competitive public speaker. Now, I play with my cats, remodel my house and help more people connect to WooThemes!

Claudio Sanches Developer

Hi, I'm a PHP developer from Brazil, I love WordPress and I have developed many plugins and open source projects in last years, where much went to WooCommerce. Here at Woo I work with WooCommerce and extensions.

Kevin Bates Technical Marketer

I'm a traffic and conversion specialist from Santa Cruz, CA. I love traveling, my dog, and testing and tweaking sales funnels. In fact, there's a good chance this bio is being split tested to see which variation gets me more followers on Twitter.

Tommy Shellberg WooCommerce Ninja

Hello! I'm originally from Phoenix, Arizona but now reside in beautiful Denver, Colorado. When I'm not providing help with support requests I'm usually making music, reading, or studying design.

Marina Pape Brand & Marketing Manager

Howdy. I live in London, the land of tea and Jane Austen, but was born and bred in Cape Town. I studied English, Psychology and Marketing which led me down the Social Media rabbit hole where I've been for over 4 years. Words and connecting with people are my passions. I also like the sea, reading and singing.

Will Brubaker WooCommerce Ninja

Howdy, I'm Will. I'm originally from the wild western US state of Wyoming but these days you're more likely to find me exploring far-flung corners of the earth. I have an obsession with learning new and different things. I enjoy skiing, surfing, bacon, and beer. I love all things WordPress and have a firm belief in its power to change lives. Nothing would thrill me more than to be able to help you pursue your dreams by harnessing the power of WordPress and WooThemes' products.

Caleb Burks WooCommerce Support Ninja

Hey! I’ll just admit from the start that I’m a WordPress fanboy. I am a lover of all things WordPress, and a sucker when it comes to new Apple products. I’ve been working and developing with WordPress since 2009, and have since joined the theme review team at You can usually find me answering support tickets and/or eating gummy bears.

Praveen WooCommerce Ninja

I am a Developer in Bangalore located in the south of India . I love learning new concepts and contributing to open source projects. I have been using WordPress for the last 5 years and going down the rabbit hole in Plugin and Theme development. Besides WordPress I am passionate about travelling and reading. As a Woo Support Ninja, I am responsible for supporting WooCommerce at WooThemes .

Mindy Postoff WooCommerce Ninja

Hi there! Originally from Toronto, Canada, I've also lived in Germany and Thailand, with plans to settle in the U.S.I've got an extensive background in technical support and love the use of metaphors when explaining solutions. I also love cooking, photography and all sorts of sports. I'm an avid traveller, blogging about my adventures at Bounding Over Our Steps.

Nicole Kohler Content Ninja

Hi! :D I'm a native Pennsylvanian who loves all things written, the color yellow, strawberries, and cute puppies. I've been using WordPress since I started blogging about foreign music as a teenager, and I've been smitten ever since. I'm here at Woo to create awesome content that will help you rock online.

Andrew Wikel WooCommerce Ninja

Hey! My name is Andrew, and I am a geek. I'm committed to open source values, and love working with WordPress. I fell in love with WordPress in 2008, and have been working with it in some capacity since then. I am a husband, a father, a WordCamp addict, a coffee snob, lover of things shiny, and a California native trapped in Illinois.

Gareth Allison Junior Designer

From the small town of East London in the Eastern Cape here in South Africa; I have a front-end dev background to my name. I love comedy, music, hounds & writing, and played/toured in bands for over ten years before focusing more on the comedy side of things. I'm here at Woo to help out with marketing, design, a bit of writing and whatever else I can get my hands dirty with. Hi!

Kat Christofer Support Ninja

Hi ya! I'm a California native from Oaktown that wandered off and never went home. A former journalist with tech and support skills, my role at Woo combines many passions: WordPress, learning, teaching and words. Online I’m known as an American in Athens, and offline as an avid traveler and animal lover who can KISS, cook Mexican food and surf badly. Looking forward to helping you kick @ss! :)

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