Jive Software Adds Proven Software Veteran as President of Worldwide Field OperationsAugust 9, 2012 No Comments
SOURCE: Jive Software
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:JIVE), today announced that Jay Larson has joined the company in the newly created role of President of Worldwide Field Operations, effective August 13, 2012. Mr. Larson will report directly to Jive’s CEO, Tony Zingale, and be responsible for all customer facing functions on a global basis including sales, pre-sales, strategic channel alliances, sales operations and professional services. John McCraken, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Jive, and Robert Brown, Senior Vice President of Client Services for Jive, will continue in their current roles and report to Jay Larson.
“Having personally worked with Jay in the past, there is no other executive that I would prefer to have join Jive as our President of Worldwide Field Operations as we look to scale from the $100+ million annual revenue run rate to our longer-term goal of becoming the first social business company to reach $1 billion in revenue,” stated Tony Zingale, Chairman and CEO of Jive. “Over the last decade plus, Jay has run worldwide field operations for two of the most successful companies in the SaaS and software sectors, SuccessFactors and Mercury Interactive. He has a proven track record of driving rapid growth, effectively managing over $1 billion in operations and helping to expand leadership positions on a global scale. Simply put, Jay is uniquely qualified to take Jive’s field operations to the next level.”
Mr. Larson is a seasoned technology industry executive with more than 25 years of experience in the software industry. He most recently served as the Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for SuccessFactors, following his role as Vice President of Global Enterprise Sales. During his tenure, SuccessFactors’ revenue grew rapidly from approximately $100 million to over $350 million leading up to its acquisition by SAP. Prior to SuccessFactors, Jay was a senior executive with Mercury Interactive from 2000 to 2006. He initially ran the Americas sales team and was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he was responsible for all revenue generating functions. During this tenure, Mercury Interactive’s sales organization grew to more than 1,100 professionals and revenue grew from approximately $300 million to over $1 billion prior to the company being acquired by HP.
Jay’s previous experience includes sales leadership roles at Oracle Corporation, Network Associates and Siebel Systems. He holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Larson stated, “I am very excited to join Jive and contribute to their success in delivering the industry’s most robust and comprehensive social business platform, which is transforming the way that companies get work done. The company has established a clear market leadership position that is widely recognized by customers and industry analysts, and they have assembled a proven management team. I look forward to leveraging my experience running global field operations with other high growth software companies to help Jive scale on a global basis in the years to come.”
About Jive Software
Jive Software (Nasdaq:JIVE) is a leading global Social Business company. We bring social technology innovations from the consumer world into enterprises securely and at scale, changing the way work gets done. Our platform combines the power of big data, enterprise integrations and social collaboration technologies. Millions of people at the world’s largest companies are using Jive-powered communities internally and externally to transform their businesses.
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