Michael Benedict is the president of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit at Progress, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. In this capacity, Benedict is responsible for the growth of Progress’ data assets, including DataDirect, DataDirect Cloud and Easyl.
Most recently, Benedict was the vice president and general manager of the Progress Pacific Cloud Platform and Progress OpenEdge product line at Progress and led the company’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and application development businesses.
Previously, Benedict led the Progress Data Connectivity business line, including Progress DataDirect Connect and Progress DataDirect Cloud offerings, both key components of the company’s PaaS offering. Benedict has held other senior leadership roles at Progress, including vice president of product management; senior director of product management; senior director of operations and strategy, and 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 merchandizing, 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.