SAN MATEO, CA.—April 15, 2009—Appirio (www.appirio.com), a leading cloud computing products and professional services company, today announced two new executive team members who bring decades of experience managing and growing large enterprise software companies. Dave Orrico, who in the last 20 years has helped shape enterprise sales teams at salesforce.com, Siebel and Oracle, has joined Appirio as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Jim Emerich, who brings 18 years of finance experience in various high growth companies, will join Appirio on May 4 as Chief Financial Officer.
Both Orrico and Emerich played key roles at salesforce.com, helping it become the first enterprise cloud computing company to reach one billion dollars in revenue. Orrico was formerly Executive Vice President of North America at salesforce.com where he ran U.S. operations, including field sales, inside sales, alliances and professional services. He was also responsible for forming the company’s vertical strategy, and nurturing business relationships with eight of salesforce.com’s top 10 customers. At Appirio, he will be responsible for growing Appirio’s enterprise business in the U.S. and internationally.
Emerich held a number of positions in his six-year tenure at salesforce.com, including Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, Chief Accounting Officer, interim Chief Financial Officer and head of its Tax and Treasury departments. Emerich left salesforce.com in August 2007 to become CFO at MuleSource, a provider of open source service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software. At Appirio, Emerich will be responsible for overseeing all financial operations for the company, with an initial focus on implementing the necessary accounting, finance and reporting processes to support Appirio’s continued growth. Appirio saw year over year revenue increase almost 400 percent in 2008, and nearly 500 percent in 2007.
“Almost every company today is trying to improve business processes while cutting costs, creating a huge window of opportunity for cloud computing and companies like Appirio. We’ve already helped hundreds of enterprises chart a successful path to the cloud, but Dave and Jim’s leadership will enable us to bring the benefits of cloud computing to thousands more. Their collective experiences will be a huge asset to Appirio and we’re thrilled to have them on-board.”
– Chris Barbin, CEO, Appirio
“Appirio’s momentum to date and its stellar reputation with its customers and partners are what attracted me to the company. I’m looking forward to helping build a new breed of service provider that hasn’t been seen before.”
– Dave Orrico, SVP of Worldwide Sales, Appirio
“Appirio has already captured a strong leadership position in cloud computing, and as a result is seeing a growth trajectory reminiscent of what I experienced at salesforce.com. I’m excited to join an already world-class team and to play a pivotal role in this company’s future.”
– Jim Emerich, CFO, Appirio
Appirio (www.appirio.com) provides products and services that help enterprises accelerate their adoption of on-demand solutions. Appirio has a proven track record of delivering value to customers by implementing mission-critical Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions based on platforms such as Salesforce and Google Apps, and developing innovative applications that connect and extend today’s leading cloud computing platforms. With offices in the U.S. and Japan, Appirio is the fastest growing partner of salesforce.com and Google, and is backed by Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital.