Speechbobble Announces Management Team Additions to Support Rapid Business Expansion
TORONTO, Ontario - May 12, 2011 - Speechbobble™, one of Canada’s fastest growing enterprise social networking companies, today announced the hiring of a new CEO and additions to its management team to support the company’s growth plans. Josef Zankowicz, former Vice President Marketing and Communications at GuestLogix (TSX: GXI), a retail SaaS company, assumed the CEO post earlier this year and has assembled an experienced team of successful software entrepreneurs and managers.
Mr. Zankowicz has repeat successes in his career having launched numerous industry leading consumer and business software products over the past 25 years. Josef brings passion and execution with an enviable network to support Speechbobble’s expansion globally. He has been involved with three tech IPOs from start-up and three acquisitions worth over $700M. Mr. Zankowicz has also joined the Speechbobble Board as an investor and officer.
“We are very fortunate to have Josef Zankowicz as his energy and leadership has already made a significant difference to operations,” said Paul LaBarge, Speechbobble Board Chair. “Leading an experienced team with a track record of success he has enabled Speechbobble to start focusing on a growing pipeline of sales prospects and supporting a base of enterprise customers who are expanding the use of our social networking platform.”
Speechbobble’s management team additions include:
Scott Northmore as Vice President Technology: Mr. Northmore has developed commercial software as entrepreneur and has managed software development teams addressing rapidly changing markets. Scott is taking the Speechbobble platform to the next dimension with mobile extensions and third-party integrations. In his 28-year career he has been responsible for numerous industry leading software products with global presence.
Steven Cantor as Vice President Creative and User Experience: Mr. Cantor has worked with some of the biggest names in technology such as Symantec, Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Hewlett Packard. Steven leads Speechbobble’s branding initiatives, user interface design, and is responsible for the total customer experience.
Taras Koulik as Associate Vice President Business Development: Mr. Koulik leads all sales initiatives at Speechbobble. Taras’ career spans venture capital, management consulting, and business development for start-ups.
Margaret Vaillancourt as Vice President Delivery & Customer Service: Ms. Vaillancourt has been an Entrepreneur in Residence for a leading technology incubator in Canada where she led the launch of over a half dozen firms. She also managed the global delivery and customer services for a Silicon Valley web firm. Margaret forms the core of the Speechbobble business that is responsible keeping systems running and customers happy.
“I’m excited to be working with the founders and the Board to grow Speechbobble into a major success story,” said Josef Zankowicz. “I’m particularly pleased to have recruited a team that I’ve worked with in the past and shared many successes through various software ventures. Together we aim to make ourselves known in the social networking space as we help organizations work more productively and cohesively.”
Based in Toronto, Speechbobble provides a private cloud social networking platform to enhance employee collaboration, affect change, guide management decisions, improve performance and reduce costs. The platform captures the collective intelligence of an organization by integrating with existing enterprise tools and the external social web. Specifically, the platform enables efficient idea sharing and workforce planning across geographies, while allowing management to identify key influencers and trends within the organization and to manage rising organizational issues. These capabilities are enhanced with extensive analytics and enterprise grade security in one integrated dashboard. For more information please visit speechbobble.com.
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