Automic Appoints Paul Forte as New Chief Sales Officer
IBM Veteran Brings Wealth of Enterprise Software Expertise and Executive Leadership to Meet Rapid Company Growth
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Automic, the world's most proven and comprehensive platform in business automation, today announced the appointment of Paul Forte as Chief Sales Officer. Paul will work closely with the executive team to further Automic's mission of enabling global organizations to gain greater control of their business by automating mission critical applications while adopting transformative cloud, DevOps, and big data technologies.
Jason Liu, CEO of Automic, comments: "Paul's drive and strategic thinking is amongst the best in the industry. He is a proven leader with an impressive track record that illustrates his depth and experience tackling rapid industry changes. As our global presence continues to accelerate, we are delighted to welcome an industry visionary of Paul's caliber and passion who shares our philosophy of helping companies maximize their growth potential."
Paul joins Automic from IBM, where he served in multiple executive software sales capacities, most recently as the Vice President of Software sales for all IBM software products in the Great Lakes Region. Prior to that, Paul served as Vice President of Information Management Sales across all of North America, responsible for the database, data warehouse, information governance, data integration and MDM markets. As the leader of IBM's largest software brand, his team produced record-setting results in both 2010 and 2011. Additionally, Paul led the InfoSphere sales team across North America and was responsible for not only record growth, but also the integration of multiple acquisitions.
Paul's executive career at IBM began in acquisitions where he served as the Director for Information Management Sales Integration. He and his team were responsible for the successful integration and execution of over $10B of IBM strategic acquisitions to include Cognos, FileNet, DataMirror, Princeton Softech, Exeros and others. Paul joined IBM via the acquisition of Ascential Software where he governed several crucial business initiatives leading towards IBM's acquisition.
"I am genuinely delighted to be joining Automic which continues to go from strength to strength," said Paul Forte, CSO, Automic. "Enterprises are getting serious about innovation and realizing the approach to building the business should start first at automating the day-to-day. I look forward to working with the Automic team to continue helping organizations cope and capitalize on the increased complexities of today's IT demands."
Automic is the most comprehensive platform for automating businesses globally. We help over 2,500 companies - from start-ups to global brands - grow their business by taking away the stress of the everyday so they can focus on innovating. We do this through automating every aspect of their business to eliminate errors, ensure compliance, reduce costs and maintain services while providing a full dashboard for business leaders. Founded in 1985, in Austria, Automic is owned by EQT, the leading private equity group in Northern Europe following the acquisition from The Carlyle Group in 2012 for $270 Million. www.automic.com
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