Michael Benedict is the Chief Product Officer at Progress, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jerry Rulli. In this capacity, Benedict is responsible for product marketing and management across all Progress divisions: Application Development, Data Connectivity and OpenEdge. Benedict helms the company’s product roadmap and ensures seamless integration across the portfolio to deliver the best possible customer experiences.
Previously, Benedict was the president of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit at Progress, during which he managed the growth of Progress data assets, including DataDirect and DataDirect Cloud. Benedict has held other senior leadership roles at Progress, including vice president and general manager of the Progress Cloud Platform and Progress OpenEdge product line, and leading the company’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and application development businesses. He has also served as vice president of product management; senior director of product management; senior director of operations and strategy, as well as the director of Americas sales for the Progress DataDirect business.
Prior to joining Progress, Benedict served as Director of Product Management and Marketing for online products at Engage Technologies, where he helped grow its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and launched the first cloud-to-on-premise advertising campaign distribution network, Engage AudienceNet. Benedict was also a co-founder and operating manager of NV Company, an online and "brick and mortar" B2B company, where he led business operations, including merchandising, product placement, marketing, sales, human resources and finance.
Benedict received his Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York.