Socialtext Expands Board to Propel Growth Agenda

Robert Schilling, Mike Lewis and Tom Tardio to Bring Large Customer Focus, Social Domain Experience and Consumer Marketing Expertise to Guide Socialtext Enterprise Strategies and Meet Accelerating Market Demand

Feb 05, 2013, 09:48 ET from Socialtext

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Socialtext, a leading provider of enterprise social software, today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Robert Schilling, Mike Lewis and Tom Tardio join the Socialtext Board immediately, bringing independently successful business track records and deep expertise in three focal areas designed to propel the company's growth agenda in 2013. These appointments follow an expansion year of considerable investment in Socialtext's technology platform and recruiting initiatives.

"As businesses deploy social strategies to ignite and harness innovation across their organizations, they are looking for partners capable of delivering the right social platforms and strategies to ensure the efficiency, productivity and success of their workforces. We have invested significantly into building a powerful and feature-rich, but easy-to-use and professionally relevant social platform designed exclusively for the enterprise," said Charles S. Jones, managing partner of Bedford Funding, the investor in Socialtext. "With today's Board appointments, we are bringing to bear focused customer, domain and social strategy expertise to influence and drive the best customer strategies and outcomes in this high-demand market."

Mr. Schilling, currently CEO of Space-Time Insight, brings more than two decades of executive leadership experience from large ERP companies, including SAP, Oracle Corporation and Siebel Systems. Mr. Schilling joined Space-Time Insight from SAP North America, where he was SVP and general manager of the West region and responsible for all utilities industry accounts in North America. Previously he served as COO for SAP Japan, responsible for the Industry Solutions, Business Operations, Inside Sales, Value Engineering and Premier Customer Network teams. Over more than twenty years in roles from sales to senior management, Mr. Schilling has successively surpassed targets and delivered demonstrable success to the divisions, organizations and regions to which he has contributed. His keen awareness of large multinational businesses and what drives success, deep understanding of data management, accessibility and analytics on business outcomes, and powerful business capacity, drive and acumen give him a highly relevant customer perspective and a meaningful product development context for the Socialtext business.

Mr. Lewis, currently chief marketing officer at Peoplefluent, is a published social marketing expert and proven high-growth technology executive. With 20 years of experience in dynamic software industry segments and with a strong track record in strategic program development, social marketing, demand generation, sales enablement and brand awareness, Mr. Lewis brings exceptionally relevant experience to Socialtext's market growth and positioning initiatives.    

Mr. Tardio, currently chief executive officer for Rogers & Cowan, a post he has held for most of the 23 years he has been with the agency, has one of the strongest reputations in the converging fields of technology, entertainment and consumer marketing. This experience has provided Mr. Tardio a unique insight into technology and consumer trends, and the strategic intersection of both demonstrated by the rapid consumerization of technology and the widespread adoption of social entertainment in all markets. As Socialtext addresses the emotional connection between individuals and technology, and expands quickly with market demand for its social platform, Mr. Tardio's expertise is invaluable in the strategic direction of the business. 

These three gentlemen join Mr. Jones on the Socialtext Board.

About Socialtext

Established in 2002, Socialtext, a Bedford Funding portfolio company, was the first company to deliver social software to businesses. By unlocking knowledge, expertise, ideas and data, Socialtext eliminates information silos across the enterprise to drive superior business performance. Socialtext's enterprise social networking products — including microblogging, blogs, wikis, profiles and social spreadsheets — provide simpler ways for employees to share vital information and work together in real-time. Delivered in a variety of hosted cloud services, as well as on-site appliances, enterprise customers are provided with flexible deployment options that meet their security requirements. Built on a flexible, web-oriented architecture, Socialtext integrates with virtually any traditional system of record, such as CRM and ERP, enabling companies to discuss, collaborate, and take action on key business processes. More than 6,500 businesses worldwide have accelerated their business performance with Socialtext, including Getty Images, Symantec, Meredith Corporation, NYU Stern, OSIsoft, and Epitaph Records. To learn more, visit

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