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Philip Pead
President and Chief Executive Officer

As Progress President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil Pead views his role as enabling the successful execution of Progress strategy. From defining the short and long term objectives, to reducing barriers to success, Phil establishes the right cultural tone so employees can work with unified purpose to achieve company goals. In so doing, Phil focuses on maximizing value for shareholders, delivering amazing software solutions to customers, while ensuring talent can optimize career opportunities generated by Progress success.

Phil is energized by working with people undaunted by the impossible. This confidence is difficult to replicate, but Phil cultivates it at Progress—and lives it in his personal life. His educational work with the Posse Foundation, an organization dedicated to extending educational opportunities to exceptional students from all backgrounds, suits his optimistic world view. Phil chairs the Posse Foundation Atlanta Advisory Board and also serves on its national board in New York.

Before Progress, Phil was the Chairman of Allscripts and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eclipsys Corporation, until its merger with Allscripts in 2010. Other senior leadership roles included those at Per-Se Technologies, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Attachmate Corporation.

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Michael Benedict
Chief Product Officer

Chief Product Officer Michael Benedict runs Progress product strategy and operations for the company’s many business segments, working with colleagues in sales and marketing to best drive Progress success. Michael loves strategy, operations and the variety the two disciplines bring to his daily work. From strategizing about the “next best thing” in the market, to digging in to optimize business processes or sales, each day holds new and rewarding challenges.

Michael applies this same level of enthusiasm and excellence to his outside interests, including hockey, tennis, home renovation and a sundry of outdoor projects.

Broad interests have served Michael well, earning him success in a wide range of Progress roles, such as president of the Data Connectivity and Integration business unit, vice president and general manager of the Progress Cloud Platform and Progress OpenEdge lines and director of Americas sales for DataDirect. Before Progress, Michael worked at Engage Technologies, and was co-founder and operating manager of NV Company.

Michael earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York.

Mitch Breen
Mitch Breen
Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Mitch Breen is responsible for accelerating growth across all customer-facing revenue organizations, including sales, strategic alliances, professional services and technical support. With a passion for detailed execution, Mitch comes to Progress with a strong history of sales success enabling, driving and motivating teams at several industry leaders, such as EMC and Oracle.

Mitch’s sales stats are impressive. While at EMC, he played a key role in growing storage market revenue from $20 million to $30 billion—forging the company’s leadership position. Mitch further took pre-IPO startup Simplivity to a billion dollar valuation in just 18 months.

Outside of work, Mitch’s life is all about family, fun and music, especially his garage band where he’s an ace on the keyboards. Mitch is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. 

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Stephen Faberman
Chief Legal Officer

Ask Steve Faberman what he does as Progress Chief Legal Officer, and he’ll tell you that he’s the conscience of the company, always working to spur a forward trajectory for Progress as it executes on aggressive growth strategies. His team navigates legal plumbing to keep Progress fully compliant, transparent and above board in all it does. Steve is passionate about answering the “how” questions behind Progress success: how it builds, buys or partners to extend its market leadership position.

A Red Sox loyalist who boldly voices his fandom for Bruce Springsteen, Steve has seen the “The Boss” in concert over 20 times. Steve’s personality perfectly matches his profession. His innate commitment to honest decision making is an ideal fit for his role as Progress Chief Compliance Officer. Steve’s quick-witted humor is a true asset, and one frequently refined on the Progress executive team.

Steve brought a wealth of experience to Progress from his early days as a partner at Bingham McCutchen, to his Vice President, Corporate Counsel experience at Heritage Property Investment Trust. Steve has long led teams in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, intellectual property, real estate, litigation and more. Steve earned his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School, and holds a B.A. degree in History from Tufts University.

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Svetozar Georgiev
Senior Vice President, Application Platforms

As Senior Vice President of Application Platforms, Svetozar Georgiev is a daring app development visionary focused on driving trends, not following them. He’s a thoughtful, yet bold leader that inspires the entire Sitefinity team to make quantum leaps forward, redefining development possibilities in the process.

Svetozar, or ”Zarko” as he’s known around the halls, was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Inc., where he was instrumental in establishing the Telerik brand and growing the marketing and financial organizations. Zarko’s expertise in product positioning, marketing research and communications helped Telerik become one of the most recognized brands in the developer tools space, which has continued since its acquisition by Progress in 2014.

A graduate of the American University in Bulgaria, with degrees in Journalism and Business Administration, Zarko channels his inner DJ, sailor, snowboarder and mud-loving off-roader when at play to embody a true “work hard, play hard” philosophy.

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Chris E. Perkins
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Chris E. Perkins is the Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Progress Software. As CFO, Perkins oversees the company’s global finance and accounting operations.

Perkins is an experienced technology industry executive with global experience and operational responsibilities across finance, corporate development, investor relations, human resources and information technology for publicly-traded software companies. Prior to joining Progress, he served as CFO at Eclipsys Corporation and Per-Se Technologies. At Per-Se and at Emageon, Inc., Perkins also served as the Chief Operating Officer. He began his career at Arthur Andersen.

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Melissa Puls
Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Marketing Officer, Melissa Puls, leads an energetic and results-driven organization, where her 20 years of experience informs Progress strategy and brand vision.

Melissa inspires her team to think bigger and bolder, always recognizing that a good idea can come from anywhere and viewing problems as opportunities for inventive solutions. As vice president of Iron Mountain’s Global Demand Center, she applied an effective “lead to revenue” model that improved marketing’s contribution to revenue from 4 to 25%—just one of her many bankable accomplishments. Melissa honed her craft in marketing roles at Infor, Infinium Software (later SSA Global) and Kronos, after earning bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Psychology from Franklin Pierce University.

Melissa loves to spend time with her family and is an impressive tap dancer: challenge her at your own peril.

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Jerry Rulli
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Jerry Rulli creates a motivational atmosphere that keeps the entire Progress team focused on meeting both strategic targets and customer needs. His team is responsible for aligning business unit priorities, go-to-market strategies and ensuring operational excellence across the company. In doing so, he fosters an entrepreneurial culture that drives innovation, pushing staff past the boundaries of what’s comfortable, while delivering on near-term plans which are core to the future of Progress.

Jerry is an optimistic believer in the power of persistence, working hard and having fun—great qualities that fueled his rise from entry-level sales to the C-suite. Prior to Progress, Jerry was Executive Vice President of Worldwide sales at Iron Mountain where he transformed their go-to-market strategy and sales effectiveness while transitioning sales and marketing to a vertical market approach. Beyond building strong customer and partner relationships, Jerry is known as a music lover and believes everyone’s music collection is incomplete without some element of Van Morrison in their library. Jerry also enjoys the outdoors, traveling and golf. Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

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Faris Sweis
Chief Transformation Officer

Chief Transformation Officer, Faris Sweis is not just driven to build the best products and solutions, but to do so in new and unexpected ways that keep Progress an innovation leader. Faris is focused on helping customers tackle their digital transformation challenges, including via the newly launched Progress DigitalFactory cloud-based solution. A fierce customer champion, Faris enjoys leading a cutting edge engineering team in work that changes the world, one product and customer success at a time.

Boldly tackling software development challenges for over 15 years, Faris was previously the Chief Technical Officer for Telerik, acquired by Progress in 2014. This admitted tech-gadget guy loves basketball almost as much as a good political or religious debate. Yet, much of his work and technology ethic was shaped by his time at Microsoft, Dell and his former start-up, Art OfTest, all of which came after his Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Purdue University.

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Dimitre Taslakov
Chief Talent Officer

Progress Chief Talent Officer, Dimi Taslakov, leverages the strategic skills of the number one Progress asset—its people—to help employees find an optimal path, for themselves and the company. This ensures Progress makes a positive impact for customers, employees, shareholders and the many communities the company serves.

Dimi played a vital role at Telerik for over 10 years, prior its 2014 acquisition by Progress. Among his many contributions, he served as General Manager for Telerik Americas, Global Sales Lead and Chief Talent Officer, where he secured top talent and promoted a unique corporate culture across four continents.

As someone who learns by doing, Dimi makes his dent in the universe by embracing new challenges as opportunities to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible. His passion is working with people who believe they can change the world, and channeling that energy into action that gives Progress a competitive edge.

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Vassil Terziev
Chief Innovation Officer

The resolve Vassil Terziev once applied to hiking the Himalayas, he now channels into envisioning and promoting innovation at Progress. As Chief Innovation Officer, Vassil identifies growth strategies and new market opportunities to keep Progress at the forefront of emerging technologies.

As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Vassil guided the company to the pinnacle of the application development sector, growing sales and support, and establishing a fanatical dedication to customer service. Vassil’s vision and dedication led Telerik to solid profitability and an earned reputation for quality and innovation, which has continued since its acquisition by Progress in 2014.

A graduate of the American University of Bulgaria, Vassil often treks the globe with colleagues to gain inspiration for new technologies and mentor the next generation of developers. He’s a hands-on leader who believes every Progress employee and customer success contributes to making the world a little bit better.

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Philip Pead
President and Chief Executive Officer

As Progress President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil Pead views his role as enabling the successful execution of Progress strategy. From defining the short and long term objectives, to reducing barriers to success, Phil establishes the right cultural tone so employees can work with unified purpose to achieve company goals. In so doing, Phil focuses on maximizing value for shareholders, delivering amazing software solutions to customers, while ensuring talent can optimize career opportunities generated by Progress success.

Phil is energized by working with people undaunted by the impossible. This confidence is difficult to replicate, but Phil cultivates it at Progress—and lives it in his personal life. His educational work with the Posse Foundation, an organization dedicated to extending educational opportunities to exceptional students from all backgrounds, suits his optimistic world view. Phil chairs the Posse Foundation Atlanta Advisory Board and also serves on its national board in New York.

Before Progress, Phil was the Chairman of Allscripts and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eclipsys Corporation, until its merger with Allscripts in 2010. Other senior leadership roles included those at Per-Se Technologies, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Attachmate Corporation.

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Jack Egan
Non-Executive Chairman

Jack Egan is currently managing partner of Egan-Managed Capital, a Boston based venture capital fund he founded in October 1998 that specializes in technology and early stage investments. From October 1986 until September 1998, Egan served in a number of executive positions with EMC Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Products and Offerings, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Executive Vice President, Operations and Executive Vice President, International Sales. Egan ceased to be an employee of EMC Corporation in 2002.

Egan also serves on the Board of Directors for other publicly traded and privately held companies, including EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), where he has served on the Board of Directors for almost twenty years; VMware, Inc.(NYSE: VMW); and NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), where he serves as Lead Director, as well as Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT). Egan also serves in a variety of leadership roles within the Board of Directors of several privately held technology companies, including HighRoads Corporation, Platform Computing Corporation and Healthrageous, Inc. Egan holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Boston College.

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Michael Mark is a private investor and member of Walnut Venture Associates, an investment group seeking opportunities in early-stage and emerging high-tech companies in New England. In addition to serving as non-executive chairman of Progress Software, he also serves on several private boards.

After graduating from MIT in 1967, Mark co-founded Intercomp, a peripheral manufacturer, where he became president. In 1978 he founded American Energy Services, a company engaged in using computer technology to conserve energy. In 1982 he co-founded Cadmus Computer Corporation, a workstation manufacturer. He served there as vice president of Corporate Development. In 1985 Mark became vice president of System Integration at Interleaf, a provider of electronic publishing systems and software.

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Barry Bycoff has over 25 years of experience in the computer and software industry. He is currently a director of Progress Software (NASDQ: PRGS). He also serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Day Software (Swiss: DAYN), a leading developer of web content management products and as chairman of Aveksa Inc, a software company providing industry leading access governance solutions. He also serves on the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Prior to Progress, he spent two years at FirstMark Ventures (formerly Pequot) as a Venture Partner assisting with the development of investment strategies. He made two investments in his short tenure; one in StubHub, an online events ticket marketplace (sold to eBay for $310 million) and the other in Aveksa.

In 1996, Bycoff founded Netegrity and created a new product category for enterprise security software. The company received the "Product of the Year" award from Network World Magazine. At the same time, as Chairman, CEO and President, he engineered the transformation of Netegrity's predecessor company into a leading developer of enterprise software. Bycoff had directed the company's growth from publicly held start up to one of the fastest growing software companies in the industry with a dominant market share and revenues of $100 million when the company was acquired by Computer Associates for approximately $450 million at the end of November 2004.

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Ram Gupta
Former President and CEO
Cast Iron Systems, Inc.

Ram Gupta currently serves on the board of directors at Progress Software, S1 Corporation, Yodlee Inc., Plateau Systems, Compiere, and Accruent, Inc. Gupta brings over 20 years strategy and execution expertise at global technology companies, including PeopleSoft, WebMD, Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services. He holds several patents in the U.S. and was awarded the Smithsonian Computer World "Search for the Heroes" Award for the year 2000.

Previously, Gupta was the president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems, Inc. Before that he was the executive vice president at PeopleSoft, where he was instrumental in taking the company from primarily an HR applications vendor in the U.S., to the second largest vendor of application suites worldwide. Ram was also the executive in charge of the company's $1.8 billion acquisition of JD Edwards that set off the consolidation trend in the ERP industry.

Prior to PeopleSoft, Gupta was the senior vice president and general manager at WebMD Corp. Before that he held various leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.

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Charles Kane has held multiple leadership positions in the technology industry and was most recently a strategic advisor and board member of the "One Laptop per Child" initiative, a non-profit organization founded at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that provides computing and Internet access for students in the developing world. Kane was previously president and chief operating officer of this organization. Prior to OLPC, Kane was a founding investor and executive officer of the Special Purpose Acquisition Company, Global BPO Services which raised $250 million in capital and purchased Stream Global Services (STRM). Before this, he was the chief financial officer of RSA Security, a provider of security software, which was acquired by EMC Corporation. Other former positions include CFO of Aspen Technology, president and CEO of Corechange, Inc., and CFO of Informix Software.

Kane is on the Board of Directors of Progress Software (NASDQ: PRGS), Netezza Corporation(NZ), Applix Software(APLX-sold to Cognos Corporation), and Borland Software(BORL-sold to Micro Focus Corporation). Kane is an adjunct professor of International Finance at the MIT Sloan Graduate Business School of Management and is a frequent speaker at national events related to international financial strategies as well as social entrepreneurship.

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David A. Krall
Strategic Advisor and Board of Directors Member
Universal Audio

David Krall currently serves as Strategic Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of Universal Audio. Prior to Universal Audio, Krall was president and chief operating officer of Roku, Inc. and now serves as a strategic advisor. Prior to Roku, Krall served for one and a half years as president and CEO of QSecure, and now serves as executive chair of the QSecure Board of Directors. Before joining QSecure, Krall served for seven years as president and CEO of Avid Technology, Inc., a leading tools provider to the media and entertainment industries, based in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Under Krall's leadership, Avid doubled its revenues to just under $1 Billion annually, introduced groundbreaking new products in its core businesses, and expanded into new markets through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Krall brings over 20 years of invaluable strategic and tactical management experience to Universal Audio from his leadership positions in the professional audio, video, digital media, and technology industries. Krall has experience working in companies ranging from small startups to public companies with thousands of employees serving worldwide marketplaces.