Executive Drawn by Company’s Market Leadership and Growth in Cloud Brokerage Market
San Mateo, Calif. – March 15, 2011- Appirio, a technology-enabled services provider that helps enterprises power their business with the cloud, today announced the appointment of Mark O’Connor as Chief Financial Officer. The announcement comes on the heels of Appirio closing a $60 million funding round led by global growth investor General Atlantic, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital. O’Connor, who brings more than 20 years of finance experience in various high growth companies, will join Appirio on March 19. His appointment will support Appirio’s projected growth and global expansion of company initiatives.
O’Connor joins Appirio from Nuance Communications where he served in the office of the CEO as chief of staff and vice president of operations and previously the vice president of finance and operations of its enterprise division. He also served as CFO for BeVocal and Appshop. O’Connor brings tremendous finance and operations experience from International Networking Services, where he was part of the hybrid products and services business when it grew from a few employees to more than 2,000 in nearly three years.
“We’re still relatively early in terms of overall enterprise cloud adoption, but Appirio has already become a trusted cloud broker and adviser to more than 300 enterprises,” said Chris Barbin, CEO, Appirio. “By adding Mark’s leadership to our executive team, we’ll be even better equipped to expand Appirio’s market presence globally.”
“Appirio’s rapid growth, dominant market presence and exceptional customer and partner testimonials attracted me to the company,” said Mark O’Connor. “I’m excited to join the team and help the organization capitalize on General Atlantic’s recent investment.”
Appirio accelerates the cloud-powered business, helping enterprises achieve real results from cloud applications and platforms like salesforce.com, Google and Workday. Appirio has worked with more than 300 enterprise customers including organizations like City of Los Angeles, Facebook, Flextronics, Home Depot, International Hotels Group, Japan Post Network, Ltd., L’Oreal, NetApp, NYU, Starbucks, Thomson Reuters and VMware. Appirio’s technology-enabled professional services are supported by a team of nearly 500 cloud experts and CloudSpokes, a 35,000+ person-strong global cloud developer community. The company’s expertise and innovative brokerage technology have been recognized by organizations such as the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, InformationWeek, Gartner, and IDC. Appirio has offices in the U.S., Europe and Japan, and is backed by Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital and General Atlantic.