AOE is a committed and continuously expanding team of agile web development specialists. The management team consists of four personalities who possess an immense amount of experience, knowledge and know-how in developing and implementing state-of-the-art Open Source Enterprise web solutions.

Kian T. Gould – Founder and CEO

Kian T. Gould is the CEO and Founder of AOE, one of the leading global Omnichannel E-Commerce and Digital Transformation experts within the Open Source space. He is a regular speaker at many global conferences, and a well-known expert in airport digitalization. For the past 15 years, his company AOE has assisted global Fortune 1000 companies with their Digital Transformation and Omnichannel E-Commerce strategies.

Kian T. Gould on Xing and LinkedIn

Daniel Pötzinger – Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Pötzinger has many years of experience in the development and architecture of Enterprise Web Applications. He is an active member of various Open Source communities, including TYPO3, Solr and Symfony and during this time has worked on the development of nearly 80 TYPO3 extensions. In addition, Daniel has gained extensive experience in building and designing performance-critical applications in an Enterprise environment. Here, the main focus lies on aspects such as scalability and future-proof solutions as well as systems integration.

At AOE, Daniel has provided consulting services, managed and implemented more than 100 Enterprise projects for such renowned clients as Deutsche Telekom, congstar, Rovio, Cisco WebEx, QVC and VMware. In addition, he continues to oversee the development of the product Searchperience, a sophisticated Enterprise search and recommendation engine.

Daniel Pötzinger on Xing and LinkedIn

Steven Bailey – Chief Sales Officer

Steven Bailey is a long-time expert in the digitalization of airports and international brand communications. As CSO, he is responsible for New Business and advising clients, as well as for business development and digital transformation and Omnichannel E-Commerce strategies for companies. He has more than 20 years of concept and design experience in “International Brand Communications” (CI and CD), for example for the Munich Airport, Daimler and AEG, and has won numerous design prizes.

As a native of Great Britain, Bailey also is responsible for selected key account tasks at AOE for Flughafen Frankfurt, Software AG or Deutsche Telekom.

Steven Bailey on Xing and LinkedIn

Joern Bock – Chief Operating Officer

Since the early 1990s, Joern Bock has been involved in the creation, design and organization of interactive media projects. As the former head of his own advertising agency, as well as senior positions in several international digital agencies, Joern brings plenty of (digital) experience to the table.

At AOE, he has been largely responsible for the global project management operations. To this end, he is instrumental in continuously driving the use of agile development methods, such as Kanban, Scrum or Lean as part of an agile organization and a living agile corporate culture. He also organizes regular meetings of the Agile User Group Rhein-Main.

Joern Bock on Xing and LinkedIn

International Management

The international AOE locations in San Francisco and Zurich are under the leadership of Seth Conley, management North America, and Alain Veuve, management Switzerland.

Seth Conley – General Manager AOE Inc. USA

With more than 15 years of management experience in a variety of industries, Seth brings a unique insight and expertise to the challenges associated with technology projects in enterprise organizations. Since receiving his MBA from the University at Albany (NY) in 2001 he has been involved in several successful startups.

Seth opened the first international office for AOE in 2009.  In the years since the US office opened in San Francisco he has been instrumental in growing the global business and building a local development team to serve AOE’s US clients. He currently oversees all aspects of the business for North America and works with the global business development team at AOE.

Alain Veuve – Managing Director AOE Switzerland GmbH

Since 1997, Alain Veuve has been involved with several Open Source projects, IT- and Internet companies as well as startups. During this time Alain has guided and consulted various international companies in the matter of their Digital Transformation and Open Source e-business endeavors. Today, Alain is seen as a thought leader for Digital Transformation in Europe, being a regular speaker at a wide variety of conferences. Apart from this, Alain frequently writes for publications such as t3n and many more. His blog,, is a popular source of insights for decision-makers in the digital sector. At AOE, Alain serves as managing director for the Swiss subsidiary and is involved in international business development as well as strategic consulting. In addition, Alain is a driving force behind the business dimension of the TYPO3 project, serving as leader of the TYPO3 marketing team and as a board member of the TYPO3 Association (

How we build Agile Teams

The management team approaches its work from a servant leadershop point of view; for the most part, project management is the responsibility of the project teams. For this approach to succeed, an appropriate corporate culture and an optimal team structure are essential. Our agile project teams usually work using the Scrum model. Teams consists of five to nine team members with different roles.

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