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Industry Movers and Shakers - January 2018

To help keep you up to date with who’s working where, we’ve launched a new series called Movers & Shakers – a monthly article focused on the ever-changing executives within the content management industry. 

New Hire Spotlight

eZ Gets a New CEO

eZ Systems announced Morten Ingebrigtsen as their new CEO, replacing Aleksander Farstad who shared his excitement in a press release about this new chapter for the company:  "I’d like to announce Morten Ingebrigtsen as the new eZ Group CEO, a new leader as we enter the next phase of our company's lifecycle. Founded in 1999, eZ is this year turning 19 years old. Our ability to reinvent ourselves, while keeping true to our core philosophy has been a successful formula in this innovative, rapidly changing digital world."

Retirements at Adobe

This month, Adobe announced two members of their team will be retiring in 2018, Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, and Mike Dillon, executive vice president and general counsel. Both men will stay on until a successor for each is named and will be actively engaged in the internal and external search to fill their roles, all to ensure the transition is seamless and no waves are felt in the company’s overall business operations. 

Garrett, 60, has been with Adobe since 2007 and under the guidance of he and his team, the company completed the shift to a cloud-based subscription model growing annual revenue to $7.30 billion at the close of fiscal year 2017, with its revenue from recurring sources having grown from around five percent to more than 85 percent. Omniture, Day Software, Fotolia and TubeMogul are among the several companies Adobe acquired and successfully integrated during Garrett’s time there, accelerating growth and market expansion for the company. 

Dillon, 59, joined Adobe slightly more recently than Garrett, (in 2012) but in that time their legal and government relations team has built a shining example of governance, legal affairs, public policy and compliance for the company. Dillon’s passion for the outdoors and environment also carried over into his role as executive sponsor for Adobe’s sustainability programs.

Mao Keo Joins Albert Technologies

Albert Technologies, ltd announced the hiring of  Mao Keo as its Global VP, Alliances & Channel Development.  Keo joins Albert from Adobe, where for over two years she handled international business development for the media and entertainment group, with a specific focus on driving revenue and expanding the international market for Adobe Marketing Cloud for OTT video delivery and advertising.“Albert’s decision to move into key international markets has been very deliberate,” said Geoff Farris, CRO of Albert, to whom Keo will report. “We defined the new Global VP Role as someone who’s had repeat success accelerating and scaling growth—not only at emerging technology companies, but at larger enterprises, too. Keo moves freely between these two worlds, as well as between the markets we’re specifically eager to move into.”

Oracle Alum Cameron Thompson Joins SpotRight

SpotRight, Inc., an audience-building platform for leading national brands and agencies, has recently added Cameron Thompson to its executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of revenue operations. “I’m excited to join the team at SpotRight. As a social scientist at heart, the notion of people based segments and activation within the same platform is disruptive within an often misunderstood industry,” said Thompson. Thompson is an ad tech veteran hailing most recently from the Oracle Marketing Cloud division of Oracle.

Lionbridge Adds New CMO and CRO

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., recently announced in a press release an addition to their leadership team with the appointment of Jaime Punishill as Chief Marketing Officer  and Jim Weber in the company's newly created position of Chief Revenue Officer. Both Punishill and Weber will play key roles in the strategic evolution and growth of Lionbridge as a leader in digital communications, translation and localization.

Punishill will lead global marketing efforts for Lionbridge, including the evolution of its brand, content, demand generation, digital and product marketing. Weber will be responsible in delivering the companies entire set of products and services to its customers, along with driving revenue into new and existing markets and geographies, aligning the efforts throughout the company to increase revenue and customer satisfaction.

A New Location and ANZ Managing Director for Marketo

Marketo, Inc., the leading provider of engagement marketing software and solutions, celebrated the grand opening on Saturday, January 13 of its newest office location in Denver, Colorado. "We're ecstatic about our new Denver office, which helps us to meet the needs of Marketo's valued customers," said Teresa Grau, senior vice president, Human Resources. "As a top-ranked place to live and the home of a vibrant technology community, Denver has a great source of talent to strengthen Marketo's already exceptional global workforce." This expansion has created 200 jobs in the Mile High City, with plans to grow the Denver team to 500 by the end of this year.

Marketo, Inc., also announced the appointment of  Will Griffith as the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand. Griffith joins Marketo from Oracle Marketing Cloud, where he was most recently head of sales and go-to-market strategy for Asia-Pacific. With over 20 years’ experience leading teams within enterprise technology and over a decade working alongside some of the United Kingdom and Australia’s marketing leaders, Griffith will help grow Marketo’s presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Hyland Appoints AVPs for Latin America and EMEA & APAC.

London-based software solutions provider Hyland has appointed two new executives to lead its international business and sales efforts within Latin America and EMEA & APAC.

Edgar Novoa has been promoted to Associate Vice President, Latin America at Hyland. For the past eight years, Edgar successfully led Hyland's Latin American sales group, expanding Hyland's recognition as an established, in-region vendor and helped to promote it as a leading content services provider. Edgar’s more than 25 years of experience in the Latin America market and his vision for growth align with Hyland’s strategy to expand its footprint within this valuable market. 

Additionally, Bob Dunn, has been promoted to associate vice president, EMEA & APAC and brings more than 26 years of experience in helping organizations fulfill digital transformation goals. With significant success as Hyland’s country manager in Australia, Bob’s leadership and vision will help Hyland increase sales leveraging through investments and acquisitions. Ed McQuiston, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Hyland, said: “Hyland’s international presence and growth strategy remain a huge focus area and opportunity for our organisation as we strive to become the leading content services provider globally. Bob and Edgar bring great leadership, sales and market expertise to help us execute on our growth strategies within these priority regions to further establish our brand moving forward.”

Insite Taps B2B Veteran Tim Sobocinkski as VP of Sales and Business Development

Insite Software, a leading B2B commerce platform, announced in a press release that they have hired Tim Sobocinski as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Sobocinski will leverage more than a decade of sales leadership expertise in B2B, SaaS organizations to help grow Insite's customer base and drive revenue. "We made incredible progress in 2017 introducing new capabilities for our solutions, and optimizing our internal sales and business development engine," said Steve Shaffer, CEO of Insite Software. "Tim has the experience and knowledge to help take Insite to the next level. He's also a great fit for our culture, someone who believes that being a coach and mentor are fundamental practices to driving the best results possible."

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Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans has over 16-years in the tech industry and currently works as the event coordinator and tech reporter for CMS-Connected, keeping up-to-date on what's happening in and around the Content Management industry.

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