Executive Committee

Progress Software's core leadership group for strategic development and execution strategy.
Phil Pead

Philip Pead

President and Chief Executive Officer

Philip Pead, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the software industry has served as a member of the Progress Board of Directors since July 2011. He was elected non-executive Chairman in May 2012, appointed Executive Chairman in October 2012 and named interim CEO in November 2012.

Pead was formerly the Chairman of Allscripts and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eclipsys Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise clinical and financial software for hospitals. Eclipsys merged with Allscripts in August of 2010. He previously held senior leadership roles in several publicly and privately held companies, including Per-Se Technologies, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Attachmate Corporation.

Michael Benedict

Michael Benedict

Chief Product Officer

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.

Stephen Faberman

Stephen Faberman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Stephen Faberman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Progress Software. In this role, he manages Progress Software’s Legal Department, which is responsible for all company legal matters, including corporate and board governance, licensing, employment, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and litigation. He also serves as Progress Software’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Progress Software, Faberman was Vice President, Corporate Counsel at Heritage Property Investment Trust, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Faberman managed an in-house legal department responsible for providing corporate and real estate acquisition, disposition, joint venture, development, property management, leasing, litigation and general real estate services. Faberman was also a partner at Bingham McCutchen, a national law firm, where he specialized in advising public and private companies in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

Faberman earned his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School and he received a B.A. degree in History from Tufts University.

Svetozar Georgiev

Svetozar Georgiev

Senior Vice President, Application Platforms

Svetozar Georgiev serves on the Progress Executive Committee as Senior Vice President of Application Platforms, with a particular focus on Sitefinity CMS. As the leader of the Sitefinity team, he drives an aggressive roadmap, and ensures high levels of customer service and responsiveness to both customer and shareholder needs.

As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Inc., Georgiev was instrumental in establishing the Telerik brand and growing the Marketing and Financial organizations. As a seasoned executive, he conceptualized some of the most successful Telerik marketing campaigns. Georgiev's expertise in product positioning, marketing research and communications helped Telerik become one of the most recognized brands in the developer tools space.

Prior to Telerik, Georgiev held management positions at Lowe Lintas, as well as several other IT companies. Georgiev holds Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration and Journalism from the American University in Bulgaria.

Chris Perkins

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.

Melissa Puls

Melissa Puls

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Melissa Puls brings nearly 20 years of experience in results-oriented global B2B marketing to Progress.

Puls has a proven track record of developing successful marketing strategies that deliver bottom-line results. Before joining Progress, she was the vice president of Iron Mountain’s Global Demand Center, where she led demand generation, content marketing, web marketing, marketing operations, and creative services. She developed a best in class “lead to revenue” demand model at Iron Mountain, including improving marketing contribution to new revenue from 4% to 25% as well as Lead to revenue conversion from 7 to 16% and perhaps most importantly drove the Internal Rate of Marketing Return (IRR) to more than 20%. Prior to Iron Mountain, Puls filled a variety of marketing leadership roles at Infor, a long-time Progress® OpenEdge® partner and the third-largest ERP software company in the world. She also held marketing roles at Infinium Software (later SSA Global) and Kronos Inc.

She holds Bachelors degrees in Marketing and Psychology from Franklin Pierce University.

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer at Progress, Matt is charged with crafting and delivering the technology direction for the company. In his role as the resident technical visionary and strategist, Matt oversees Progress architecture and user experience teams, and collaborates on innovation projects, growth strategies and new market opportunities. Matt also provides strong external leadership, forging relationships with industry analysts, customers and partners.

Previously as co-founder and CEO of Rollbase, Matt led the company from concept to industry recognition as an innovator in platform as a service (PaaS), and ultimately successful acquisition by Progress in 2013. Since that time, Matt has been a key part of the Progress Application Development and Deployment team and played a defining role in the acquisitions of Modulus and Telerik.

Before joining Progress and founding Rollbase, Matt was co-founder and CEO of Recruitforce, a cloud platform for talent management applications acquired by Taleo in 2005 before its IPO. Taleo was subsequently acquired by Oracle for $1.9 billion and today, Recruitforce is known as "Oracle TBE Cloud Service" and used by thousands of businesses worldwide.

A patent holder and co-author of a bestselling Java programming book, Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bates College and his Masters of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.

Jerry Rulli

Jerry Rulli

Chief Operating Officer

Jerry Rulli, a 30-year veteran in the software and technology industry, is Chief Operating Officer at Progress. He is responsible for the alignment of business unit priorities, go-to-market strategies and ensuring operational excellence across the company. As manager of the OpenEdge business unit, he is also responsible for serving the company’s large customer and partner base and for growing the OpenEdge business through the adoption of all Progress technologies.

Prior to joining Progress, Rulli was the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Iron Mountain, where he focused on transforming the Go-to-Market strategy, organizational efficiency and sales effectiveness. During his tenure at Iron Mountain, Rulli transitioned the sales and marketing teams to a vertical market approach which increased the general pipeline by 10% and the volume of large opportunities by 80% year over year. In that three-year timeframe, Iron Mountain saw their channel revenue for the confidential document shredding business grow from $250,000 to $2.1 million. Rulli also earned a reputation for building high-performing teams and long-term, high-yield customer and partner relationships.

Prior to Iron Mountain, Rulli held several key positions at Infor Global Solutions, the third largest software provider of business applications in the world. As President of the Enterprise Systems Business Unit at Infor, Rulli managed over 2,500 individuals worldwide, encompassing development, professional services, and sales of ERP and supply chain solutions, and was responsible for $1 billion in revenue.

Rulli earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Rob Seward

Rob Steward

Chief Product Development Officer

As Chief Product Development Officer, Steward leads the Research and Development, and Technical Support teams for Progress products worldwide. Steward joined the company as part of the acquisition of DataDirect Technologies in 2003, and has held a number of key technical management and product management positions within Progress. 

Immediately prior to becoming Chief Product Development Officer, Steward was Vice President of Product Development, responsible for the development teams of all of Progress products.

Steward has spent more than 23 years in the software industry. He holds several patents. He coauthored the book The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability, published by Pearson Education in 2009. Steward holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Dimitre Taslakov

Dimitre Taslakov

Chief Talent Officer

As Chief Talent Officer at Progress, Dimitre Taslakov leverages the strategic skills of the #1 Progress asset—its people—to help each employee 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.

For 10+ years, Taslakov played a vital role at Telerik. This included General Manager for Telerik Americas, Global Sales Lead and most recently, Chief Talent Officer, where he secured top talent and promoted a unique corporate culture across four continents. Prior to Telerik, Taslakov pursued various entrepreneurial interests after graduating from the University of National and World Economy. Taslakov also studied Business Administration and Economics at the American University in Bulgaria.

Vassil Terziev

Vassil Terziev

Chief Innovation Officer

As Chief Innovation Officer at Progress, Vassil Terziev is responsible for identifying growth strategies and new market opportunities, as well as promoting internal innovation.

As a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Telerik, Inc., Terziev was instrumental in growing the sales, support and business development units of the company, and for establishing a fanatical dedication to customer service. Terziev's vision and dedication led Telerik to a solid track record of revenue growth and profitability in the ever changing application development sector.

Terziev earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Bulgaria, and held diverse roles in companies ranging from real estate and investment, to high-tech.