MINNEAPOLIS, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced several changes to the executive management team as part of its succession planning designed to accelerate growth and innovation. Effective immediately, Stuart Wells has been named executive vice-president and chief technology officer, succeeding Deborah Kerr, who will serve in a consultative capacity until her departure from the company at the end of the calendar year. Charlie Ill, executive vice-president for sales, services and marketing, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current fiscal year. He will be succeeded by Mike Gordon, who is currently managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on October 1, 2012. Mr. Ill will remain with the company through February, 2013, in order to ensure a successful transition of responsibility.
In addition to these changes, chief financial officer Mike Pung has been promoted to executive vice-president. And finally, as previously announced, James M. Wehmann joined the company earlier this month as executive vice-president responsible for the Scores business unit.
"We have great depth and breadth of talent at FICO," said William Lansing, chief executive officer. "I am pleased that we have strong internal leaders to round out the executive team. We have been successful in reigniting growth, and given the growing market demand for big data analytics, now is a good time to ensure that we have a leadership team focused on aggressively capitalizing on the opportunities before us."
Dr. Wells, who has been consulting with FICO for the past two years, is a software industry veteran who has led product development, product marketing, market development, consulting services, business strategy and sales initiatives for Sun Microsystems, Avaya and other technology businesses. His proven ability to catalyze and commercialize innovative technologies will be particularly valuable as he leads FICO's Product and Technology Organization.
Mr. Gordon has been with FICO since 2005. For the past three years he has led the company's EMEA business from a base in London, growing revenue steadily despite severe economic uncertainty in that part of the world. Previously, he served as vice president of FICO's Emerging Industries and Technologies businesses, which included the insurance, retail, consumer branded goods, healthcare and pharmaceuticals markets as well as FICO's Decision Management Tools business. Before joining FICO, Mr. Gordon was a vice president at Cap Gemini (formerly Ernst & Young Consulting), where he provided strategic and operational solutions to banking and insurance businesses. Mr. Gordon, a U.S. citizen, will repatriate his family to the U.S. over the next several months and be based at FICO's New York office. Efforts to identify and name his successor as managing director for the EMEA region are well underway.
Mr. Pung joined FICO in 2004 as vice president, finance, and in November 2010 was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer, with responsibilities that span accounting and financial reporting, treasury management, budget planning, audit controls, tax and investor relations. He has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, including work for early-stage as well as Fortune 500 companies.
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