John Goodson

Chief Product Officer and Chief Technology Officer


As Chief Product Officer and Chief Technology Officer, John Goodson, a Progress senior vice president and well-known data integration expert and author, is responsible for defining and delivering the company’s technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Goodson also leads the product development and technical support functions.

Goodson joined Progress Software in 2003 when Progress acquired DataDirect Technologies of which he was a co-founder. In his recent position as senior vice president of product development, he was instrumental in the development of the new Progress® Pacific™ platform and an increased focus on data connectivity offered “as-a-service.” He has previously served as the General Manager of both the DataDirect and Enterprise Business Systems divisions within Progress. Under his leadership, Progress® DataDirect® has grown into a leading provider of connectivity technologies.

Goodson brings significant technical and business leadership to the company. He has served as a technical expert on numerous international standards groups such as the ANSI H2 Committee as well as several Java Expert Groups including JDBC and Java Rowsets. He helped develop and evolve numerous popular standards including J2EE, JDBC, .NET, ODBC, SQL, SQL CLI, and ADO.NET. He has also been awarded multiple technology patents.

Goodson holds a B.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech.