Acquia Strengthens Leadership Team with Financial and Operations Executive Appointments
Software Veterans Positioned to Accelerate Acquia’s Momentum in Digital Experience Market; Chris Andersen Named CFO, Stephen Reny Named COO
BOSTON -- May 10, 2018 -- Digital experience company Acquia today announced the appointment of two longtime software industry professionals to executive roles leading finance and operations at the company. Former Akamai executive Chris Andersen comes to Acquia as chief financial officer, while former Micro Focus and Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive Stephen Reny assumes the role of chief operating officer. They are the first two executive appointments for CEO Mike Sullivan, who joined the company in December 2017.
Acquia provides an intelligent platform and marketing technology to build, deliver, and optimize ambitious experiences at scale. The company helps organizations gain critical customer intelligence so they may create more engaging, personalized customer experiences. As Acquia expands its use of AI and its platform capabilities for personalization and journey orchestration, the company is delivering on the biggest challenges facing marketers and technologists today.
“Steve and Chris join a fantastic leadership team at a very exciting point in Acquia’s evolution. Together they bring valuable experience to Acquia as the company moves to a new era of innovation for our customers,” Sullivan said. “Chris has a great reputation across the software industry. He comes to Acquia with extensive experience leading financial functions at global technology companies and brings strong leadership to our finance team.”
With more than two decades of financial leadership at publicly traded software companies, Andersen joins Acquia from Akamai where he was most recently vice president of finance. Previously, Andersen was chief accounting officer at Progress Software and spent 13 years at Novell, where he held several financial leadership roles. He began his career with the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Seattle. Andersen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University.
As Acquia’s chief operating officer, Reny will lead customer success, professional services, global support, and operations. He joined Acquia from Micro Focus, where as VP and general manager, he ran the Information Management and Governance business as well as the global SaaS businesses. Reny has more than 25 years of experience leading sales channels, corporate and business development, and mergers & acquisitions, and has held CEO, CFO and COO roles for a number of organizations. Reny began his career in finance and has held executive positions in finance, corporate banking, investment banking, and private equity businesses. Reny graduated from Bentley University.
Sullivan added, "Steve and I worked together at several organizations, and he’s one of the best operations executives I know. His leadership will help our organization scale as we continue our rapid growth."
With growing demand for solutions that transform and personalize the customer experience, Acquia announced earlier this year it is increasing the capacity of its global research and development team in 2018 by 60 percent. By bridging the diverse applications that power customer journeys, Acquia is making it possible for marketers to orchestrate personalized, data-driven customer experiences easily across channels and touchpoints.
Acquia provides a cloud platform and data-driven journey technology to build, manage and activate digital experiences at scale. Thousands of organizations rely on Acquia’s digital factory to power customer experiences at every channel and touchpoint. Acquia liberates its customers by giving them the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms. To learn more, visit https://www.acquia.com.
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