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.

Tony Aquilina

Tony Aquilina

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Tony Aquilina is the senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Progress Software. In this capacity, Aquilina is responsible for managing the Company's strategic planning process and for identifying and executing investments and acquisitions in support of Progress strategic goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Progress, Aquilina spent almost seven years at Autodesk, where he oversaw the company's M&A program and pipeline, working with business teams to execute partnership, investment and acquisition transactions in conjunction with divisional and corporate strategy. He also has experience in investment banking, raising private equity capital for and providing merger & acquisition advisory services to early-stage and publicly-held technology companies, and in software engineering, beginning his career at Hewlett-Packard.

Aquilina earned his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the Boalt Hall School of Law and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and he received a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Michael Benedict

Michael Benedict

President, Data Connectivity & Integration

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.

Dave Benson

Dave Benson

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Dave Benson is the executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Progress Software. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing a global IT strategy. He ensures that the IT organization has the capabilities necessary to deliver critical functionality and information flow to support our existing and changing processes.

Before joining Progress, Benson served as global CIO for News Corporation, where he drove significant change in News Corp’s culture, developing standards and successfully building a collaborative network among disparate IT groups. The changes Dave brought to News Corp delivered significant savings while raising the profile of IT across the company.

Prior to News Corp, Dave held multiple CIO positions at GE. In each of these, he led significant organizational and process change initiatives, ensuring that IT was closely aligned with the respective business and maximizing value for the investment in IT.

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.

Karen Padir

Karen Tegan Padir

President, Application Development & Deployment Business Unit

Karen Tegan Padir is the president of the Application Development and Deployment Business Unit at Progress, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir, a 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for the strategy and growth of Progress’ application development assets including Telerik, Modulus, Rollbase and the Pacific Platform.

Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company’s largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress® OpenEdge® development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced. Most recently, in her capacity as Chief Technology Officer, Padir was instrumental in the acquisition of Modulus, augmenting Progress’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering with an industry-leading “control platform.”

Padir joined Progress from EnterpriseDB, where she was most recently executive vice president, products & engineering, and was responsible for all product functions. During her tenure there, Padir tripled the product portfolio, which yielded 146 percent growth in new customers and 100 percent revenue growth. Prior to EnterpriseDB, she was senior vice president of software infrastructure & MySQL at Sun Microsystems. As one of the founding members of the J2EE team, she was critical in the growth of the entire middleware business, comprising MySQL, Glassfish Application Server, Identity, Access and Roles Management, Directory Server and the SOA Portfolio. Under her leadership, Glassfish became the industry's most used Java EE compatible application server.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Padir serves on WPI's board of trustees.

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.

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.