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New Hires and Related News Articles for September

New Hire Spotlight

Adobe Appoints John Murphy

Back in April Adobe appointed John Murphy as their Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer after Mark Garrett announced his intent to retire. Get to know who John Murphy is! Read More Here

New CFO Joins CyberSaint

Former Dell EMC Executive Jerry Layden joins CyberSaint Security as Chief Revenue Officer. The industry veteran has experience in IT Infrastructure, cloud, SAS and service. Holding various executive level positions at Dell EMC, in global sales, specialty sales, and alliance and channel organizations. Layden most recent position he held was theRegional Vice President, Global Accounts. Prior to this position at Dell EMC, Layden has been involved with various IT start ups, consulting and consulting services providers.

"Jerry brings strong sales and growth experience to the team, and we're excited to have him join the company" says CyberSaint CEO and Founder George Wrenn. "We're excited to expand our global sales efforts and bring CyberStrong's breakthrough technology to new markets with his guidance."

"Cybersecurity threats are top of mind for CEOs, CSO and CIOs in all industries across the globe," says Layden. "CyberSaint's CyberStrong platform is very well positioned to support the highest growth markets, allowing customers to meet the rigors of risk and audit compliance by saving time and lowering costs. I'm thrilled to be part of this very talented team."  Read More Here

ARRIS Appoint New CIO

ARRIS appoints Karen Renner as Chief Information Officer. Bringing more than 25 years of IT leadership experience to ARRIS. Previously,  Renner was the North American CIO for Thales, a global aerospace, defense and security company. She also led IT as CIO for GE's security and digital energy businesses.
"Karen Renner is a firm believer in building the culture, capacity, and capability of the IT team to take full advantage of digital opportunities that help drive business results," said Bruce McClelland, CEO, ARRIS. "ARRIS will look to Karen to strengthen our IT program in pursuit of our next stage of growth."
"What drew me to ARRIS is its focus on transforming the way people connect in our digital world," stated Renner. "I look forward to refining that focus through our IT program as part of the ARRIS executive leadership team."  Read More Here

Gruter Joins Digital Trends

Facebook's Bob Gruters joins Digital Trends Executive Team. During his 25+ years experience, Gruters has worked with media heavyweights Viacom, Conde Nast, Univision along with recent indie entrant, REVOLT Media, among others.

"I couldn't be more excited to join the smart, innovative, and nimble team at DT as they continue to ramp and scale this business," says Gruters.  "I've been overseeing the industry's top publishers for the last 4 years as one of Facebook's Entertainment focus areas, and I've been so impressed by DT and all they've done already."
Other top talent joining Digital Trends this year include Chris Carlson, as the company's COO. Former Bsiness Development Director Lynda Mann, at New York Times has joined Digital Trends as Senior Director of Commerce; and Ray Philip, has come on as Director of SEO after leaving a position as Director of Search and Analytics at Verizon's Complex Media.  Read More Here

New General Counsel at Criteo

Criteo names Ryan Damon as General Counsel. Damon will oversee the legal, data privacy and government relations functions as part of Criteo's continued commitment to global growth and innovation. "As Criteo enters its next phase of growth, Ryan's expertise will be instrumental in the continued success of the company," said JB Rudelle, CEO at Criteo.
"Criteo is a global pioneer and serves as an industry example of how to prioritize innovation and compliance as the advertising ecosystem transforms," said Ryan Damon, EVP and General Counsel, Criteo. "I look forward to helping Criteo evolve its business and navigate the legal and regulatory framework in which it operates around the world."  Read More Here

Busy Month at Alfresco

Alfresco hires Customer Success Officer Heather Guntrum to lead next wave of customer success. “Heather has been a pioneer in customer experience and success,” said Bernadette Nixon at CEO. “With her at the helm of Alfresco’s customer success team, I’m confident we’ll fast-track our ability to build on the exceptional growth we’ve experienced by continuing to look for new ways to better serve our customers.”

“Alfresco is a world-class innovator under the direction of visionary leadership who strive to deliver an unrivaled experience to customers and partners,” said Guntrum. “I am excited about contributing to the next stage of Alfresco’s evolution with this team. We have tremendous opportunities ahead to deliver advanced process, content and governance solutions to our customers, and my goal is to become their most trusted advisor, with insights and services that enable them to transform their businesses.” Read More Here
Alfresco appoints Jennifer Smith as Chief Marketing & Culture Officer. Smith will strengthen executive team and further drive its growth momentum. Smith previously held the of CMO at Software AG, an enterprise software company.

“Jennifer brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to our team,” said Nixon. “She has proven experience building brands, inspiring and creating award-winning programs and building communities. With her energy and creativity, we can’t imagine a better time to have her join the team as we continue to aggressively grow our business.”  Read More Here

Leadership Expanded

IAB added to its leadership, Michael Texidor has been promoted to VP of Learning and Development and  Breda O’Reilly has been named VP of Investment and Relations.

“Michael and Breda will have crucial roles as part of IAB’s ongoing commitment to drive increased capabilities in the digital media and marketing landscape,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB. “Leveraging their industry expertise, Michael and Breda will help position IAB to strengthen the relationships we have with our members while also helping to meet and solve for the demands from the industry.” Read More Here

Madison Logics Hires Marketo Veteran

Madison Logic strengthens executive team as Marketo/Bizible Veteran Jenn Steele joins as Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting directly to Madison Logic’s CEO Tom O’Regan. She comes to Madison Logic from Bizible, recently acquired by Marketo.

“Madison Logic, Marketo, and Bizible share a vision of helping B2B marketers succeed,” said Steele. “I really got to know Madison Logic through a joint case study with Bizible that proved ActivateABM drives real ROI for customers. I have always been impressed with Madison Logic’s passion for helping enterprise marketers succeed in penetrating target accounts. Now, I look forward to spreading the power and incredible ROI of ActivateABM across the broader B2B landscape.” Read More Here


Anaplan welcomes David H. Morton Jr. as Chief Financial Officer. Morton was the Chief Accounting Officer at Tesla. With over 20 years at Seagate Technologies, he held numerous leadership positions there, most notably as the EVP and CFO. Morton also served as Seagate’s Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer responsible for overseeing Seagate’s corporate finance, treasury and accounting activities.

“Dave is known for building a strong culture and he will be a great addition to our management team,” said Frank Calderoni, CEO, Anaplan. Read More Here

Caldwell Joins Looker

Former VP of Engineering at Reddit, Nick Caldwell has joined Looker as its Chief Product Officer to lead the company’s Engineering and Product Management and Design teams. “For six years, the Looker platform has successfully transformed companies by unlocking real business insights at enterprise scale,” said Frank Bien, CEO of Looker. “Now, Nick is here to help deliver on our ongoing strategy to expand our platform well beyond traditional BI and analytics. For years, Nick has successfully scaled product and engineering teams. We look forward to his leadership and expertise.”

“I recognized immediately that Looker had built a new groundbreaking kind of analytics framework – a complete platform that leverages data at scale in unique ways that can benefit businesses of all sizes,” said Nick Caldwell, CPO at Looker. “The flexible platform offers boundless opportunities to build new data applications and seamlessly deliver data into workflows of virtually any business function. I’m excited to get started and to build upon the great work this team has already delivered.” Read More Here

New CMO at Freshworks

Acclaimed SaaS expert David Thompson joins customer engagement leader Freshworks as their new CMO. "Freshworks represents a giant, new wave of global SaaS companies on the verge of totally disrupting the current SaaS leaders," Thompson said. "Twenty years after the launch of the industry, SaaS platforms have become bloated, and the products have become too hard to use. By catering almost exclusively to the needs of very large enterprises, the current leaders have failed to meet the broader needs of SMBs and medium-sized enterprises. With over 150,000 organizations already using its platform worldwide, Freshworks is well-positioned to lead this next wave of SaaS companies to bring the power of customer engagement to the 'Global 10 Million' rather than just the Global 2000." Read More Here  

Rathje Get's a Promotion

Aprimo promotes Todd Rathje to Chief Customer Officer. Rathje will be respondsible for driving customer success into all aspects of Aprimo’s business. Rathje will also serve as the functional leader, sharing best practices, growing relationships and value within customers. This new position will guide Aprimo down a focused path to be even more strategic with customers to drive mutual value. Read More Here

Monetate Expands

Monetate a leader in personalization, has expanded its product strategy team. The three new hires – Scott Reynolds, Kevin Luo, and Tim Jeremicz – with backgrounds from leading ecommerce and innovative SaaS companies, they will bring innovative new approaches to personalization strategies.

“The talents and leadership of our new hires allow us to advance our R&D faster, thus accelerating the company’s strategy,”
said Shikhin. “Our goal at Monetate is help our customers drive the best and most personalized engagements possible to build trusted relationship with their customers. Our recent momentum shows tremendous traction toward this goal. I am thrilled to lead this team of product strategists to help our clients transform complex data strategies into meaningful actions as the landscape grows even more challenging for brands.” Read More Here

Expansions & Acquisitions

  • Branch Acquires TUNE's Attribution Analytics In Landmark Mobile Marketing Acquisition. The acquisition will combine Branch's cross-platform deep linking and measurement with TUNE's mobile attribution expertise to form the industry's leading marketing and measurement platform. Read More Here

  • Local Tech Titan Expands Sales & Marketing With Tampa Office. "We are continuously expanding our operational footprint to match our growth, and now it's great to see that hard work paying off. Our team on the front-lines is better positioned in the Tampa office to serve clients and prospects, helping us to expand even further," said Greg Madden, Chief Operating Officer for DSM Cloud Services. Read More Here

  • Deloitte Acquires Magnetic's Artificial Intelligence Platform Business. The acquisition signals the strategic importance of enhanced investments in AI, machine learning (ML), and audience data analytics. The acquisition will help make Deloitte Digital's Experience Services platform both smarter and faster. Read More Here

  • Leader in eCommerce automation Webgility expands operations in the U.S. with Additional Office to support business growth. Read More Here

  • US B2B big data firm HG Data has acquired London-based ICT industry sourcing intelligence specialist Pivotal iQ, for an undisclosed sum. Read More Here

  • Pendo, creator of the leading product cloud for digital products and data-driven product teams, announced $50 million in new venture capital investment, which will help fund the company's expansion in Europe and Asia; boost sales, marketing, and research and development; and continue its expansion into enterprise markets. Read More Here

  • Netscribes, Inc., a global market intelligence and content services company, announced the opening of its entity in Singapore, Netscribes Global Pte Ltd. With this new location, Netscribes gains the ability to better offer its research and insights-based services to the future-oriented firms in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More Here

  • Zendesk, Inc. announced it has acquired FutureSimple Inc., the company behind Base. Base is known for building modern, easy-to-use sales force automation software designed to help salespeople do their jobs more effectively. Read More Here

  • Leading data platform company Looker, announced the expansion of its international operations with the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan. Shoji Ozawa, a former executive at Oracle and Salesforce, has joined Looker as Japan Country Manager to drive the company’s growth and operations in the region. Read More Here

New Programs & Products

  • iSoftStone has been added to Nuexo’s Partner Program. “Our partnership with iSoftStone increases the value they deliver to customers while also helping them drive new solution and service revenue with a modern and highly scalable Content Services Platform that can be adapted to meet unique and demanding requirements." said Jim Farmer, Channel Director at Nuxeo. Read More Here

  • Sesame Software Unveils New Features of Relational Junction Data Recovery for Salesforce on Salesforce AppExchange.  The improved backup and recovery app on Salesforce AppExchange will allow users to quickly and easily do complex backup and recovery of large data sets all within Salesforce. Read More Here

  • Pipeliner released its game-changing Automation Hub. The new capability will deliver levels of integration and efficiency never before seen and certainly never before available to most companies. The ease and cost-effectiveness of this new solution remove the need for costly IT resources, consultants and programmers and puts efficiency back into the hands of those working directly in the business. Read More Here

  • Since the acquisition of SpringCM, DocuSign announced the first solution to be jointly developed. The solution will allow for automatically generated agreements. Read More Here

  • Beckon Introduces New Artificial Intelligence Capability; Empowers Marketers to Turn Messy Marketing Data Into Actionable Insights With a Single Click. AI will guide marketers through the process of using data to understand where to spend their next dollar as pressure to demonstrate ROI intensifies. Read More Here

  • Openprise Announces Openprise Data Orchestration Platform for Microsoft Dynamics 365. The solution automates dozens of processes to help marketing & sales teams clean data, focus on the right targets, and scale operations. Read More Here  

  • Demandbase Launches New ABM Product Integration. The integration enables Demandbase's AI-Powered account insights in Salesforce Pardot and Sales Cloud. Read More Here

Event Updates

  • Shoptalk Announces Preliminary 2019 Agenda, First 100+ Speakers And Unprecedented Educational Programs. Shoptalk Launches Standardized Core Curriculum and Annual Retail Education Certificate to Redefine the Conference Experience Around Education. Read More Here

  • The 2018 cPanel Conference in Houston on October 2nd & 3rd, Announces the Tuesday Keynote, Evening Events, and Welcomes More Sponsors. Read More Here

  • Insite Software has  announced Xngage  leading B2B commerce services provider as a Platinum Sponsor of Engage 2018. Read More Here

  • Cloud Foundry Foundation Announces Additional Keynotes at 2018 European Summit. Boeing, Cognizant, Dynatrace, IBM, Pivotal, SAP Cloud Platform, Swisscom, SwissRe and UK Civil Service to take the stage. Read More Here

  • NetBase LIVE 2018 Conference dates has been announced – Social Analytics Drive Smart Business Decisions. Read More Here

  • Acquia Engage North America Heads to Texas, Opens November 7th in Austin. Unprecedented Gathering of Marketers and Digital Experience Pros Share Insights for Optimizing the Journey at Fifth Annual User Conference. Read More Here

  • M-Files Announces 2018 Intelligent Information Management Summit in Helsinki, FinlandIIMS is one of Europe’s largest ECM conferences, attracting more than 700 attendees worldwide to discuss the latest news, insights and innovations from the industry’s top ECM thought leaders and professionals. Read More Here

  • APIStrat 2018 Focuses on the API Economy for API Beginners and Experts. Top minds in API development and strategy, social justice in tech, and conscious coding bring a robust set of ideas to the keynote stage. Read More Here

  • Enterprise Mobility Exchange Invites Digital Transformation Leaders to Attend Online Summit. The latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI), mobility, data, and cloud computing will be among the topics discussed. Read More Here

  • Chicago Ideas Announces 2018 Chicago Ideas Week Speaker Lineup. Speakers include Emmy-nominated actress Ellie Kemper, fashion designer Norma Kamali, rapper Boots Riley, U.S. Sec. John Kerry and more. Read More Here

  • Bell Canada to Present Why They Chose Kyvos' OLAP Technology for Business Intelligence on Big Data at New York's Strata Data Conference. Bell Canada to present their journey of Big Data analytics and how they were able to achieve interactive BI at massive scale. Read More Here

  • SYSPRO To Demonstrate New, Industry Leading ERP Technology At IMTS Show in Chicago. The latest release of SYSPRO ERP will be featured. Read More Here

  • World’s First AR, VR & MR Marketing Conference Announces Speakers and Agenda. Mixed Reality Marketing Summit takes place on Nov. 5 in New York City. Read More Here

  • JET8 Foundation to Host Inaugural DEN Summit in Singapore. The conference will celebrate social impact through the innovation of technology and the building of communities of value through decentralised engagement networks (DENs). Read More Here

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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