Clearspeed Announces Leadership Appointments
SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Clearspeed (“AC Global” or the “Company”), an innovative developer and provider of technology-based risk assessment tools intended to reduce the impact of internal and external human-based risk, today announced additions to the Company’s management team and advisors to the board.
AC Global announced the appointments of Charles A. Ferer as Chief Financial Officer, Bill Falk as Chief Revenue Officer and Jules Ehrlich as Chief Product Officer:
- Mr. Ferer brings deep expertise in technology, analytics and data-driven companies and more than 30 years of financial leadership experience to AC Global, including over a decade serving in the Chief Financial Officer role. He most recently acted as Interim CFO at RetailNext, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, capital-raising and accounting functions. Prior to that, he served as CFO at PagerDuty, where he oversaw accounting, business operations, financial planning and capital-raising functions, and grew revenues from $12 million to $51 million. Mr. Ferer previously held a succession of CFO and management roles at start-up companies and spent the first 14 years of his career serving in various positions at multibillion dollar companies including Kraft, Pepsi and The Gap.
- Mr. Falk joins AC Global with more than 25 years of leadership experience as a Chief Revenue Officer and sales executive in the software, technology and information security industries. Most recently, he served as CRO at Infrascale, Inc., where he was responsible for key partnerships and business-to-business relationships, realigned the company’s go-to-market strategy and created a new onboarding process to improve productivity. Prior to that, he was CRO at Datto, Inc., where he developed a global go-to-market plan, rebuilt the sales and marketing infrastructure, implemented a subscription sales program and transitioned the company to a performance-based structure. Mr. Falk previously held sales, marketing and business development positions of increasing responsibility at various technology companies.
- Mr. Ehrlich brings deep enterprise software expertise and a strong record of leading, building and scaling SaaS and software organizations. He most recently served as President of MindTickle, where he led the go-to-market strategy for a new software category and built enterprise teams for sales, marketing, channels, customer success, support and professional services while overseeing the business shift from a horizontal to vertical focus. Mr. Ehrlich previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Apptus and CA Technologies, where he was responsible for functions including go-to-market strategy, product concept, design and engineering, sales and marketing, operations, support and customer success.
“We are excited to welcome Charles, Bill and Jules to AC Global and add leaders of their caliber to our team,” said Mr. Martin. “As seasoned executives with solid track records of providing financial and operational guidance to innovative companies, they each bring relevant experience and unique insights about the technology and information services industries from decades serving in their respective roles. I look forward to working closely with them to lead the Company’s growth as we provide unparalleled services and groundbreaking solutions to our customers.”
“Throughout my career, I have focused on implementing financial infrastructure that supports high growth without stifling the entrepreneurial spirit that often drives such growth,” said Mr. Ferer. “As we position AC Global for long-term success, I look forward to working closely with Alex and the management team, and leveraging my experience providing the finance vision, strategy and leadership to take organizations to the next level.”
Mr. Falk said, “AC Global has a powerful mission, a clear focus on revolutionizing the risk assessment space and an exceptional team. I am delighted to join the Company at this important stage in its growth trajectory and look forward to leveraging my experience to identify and drive revenue expansion at a time when there are numerous emerging opportunities in the industry.”
AC Global also announced RiceHadleyGates LLC as advisors.
RiceHadleyGates LLC, led by Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor; Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor; Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; and Anja Manuel, former U.S. State Department official, has been named as an advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors. RHG LLC joins existing advisors Bill Forrest, founder of Tower Three Partners, LLC; Charles Holloway, Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information & Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Robert King, founder of Peninsula Capital LLC.
“We are delighted to add RiceHadleyGates LLC and its esteemed principals as an advisor to Clearspeed. Together, they bring deep expertise in a range of national security, defense and immigration matters, as well as industry experience in financial services and insurance, including working with innovative technology companies and start-ups,” said Alex Martin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AC Global. “As a veteran-founded company focused on risk assessment technology, we have deliberately sought advisors with this unique knowledge base. I am confident we have assembled a world-class team with complementary capabilities and talents that will help drive AC Global forward as we enter our next stage of growth.”
About Charles A. Ferer
From 2016 – 2017, Charles Ferer served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of RetailNext, Inc., a provider of real-time analytics that enable retailers, shopping centers, and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize in-store data. From 2014 – 2016, he served as CFO at PagerDuty, an alarm aggregation and dispatching. Mr. Ferer previously held a succession of CFO and management roles at Rafter, Inc.; EchoFirst Corporation; Sungevity Corporation; SolarCity Corporation; Central Garden and Pet, Inc.; Maximum Express, LLC; Color Spot Nurseries; The Gap, Inc.; Transamerica Corporation; and PepsiCo. He began his professional career at Kraft Foods as a financial associate. Mr. Ferer holds a B.A. from University of Puget Sound and an M.B.A from Indiana University.
About Bill Falk
From 2016 – 2018, Bill Falk served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Infrascale, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based disaster recovery solutions. From 2014 – 2015 he served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Datto Inc., the world’s leading provider of IT solutions delivered through managed service providers. From 2004 – 2013, Mr. Falk served as the Executive Vice President of worldwide sales at Kaseya Software Corporation. From 1995 – 2002, he served as VP of sales and business development at Captura Software. Mr. Falk began his career as VP of domestic sales at Platinum Software and as a business development, sales, and marketing executive at Fundamental Performance Indicators. He holds a B.S. from Elmira College.
About Jules Ehrlich
From 2012 – 2017, Jules Ehrlich served as VP and General Manager of Advanced Solutions at Apttus, the global Middle Office leader. Most recently, Mr. Ehrlich served as President of MindTickle, a company revolutionizing how businesses prepare and train their sales teams. Mr. Ehrlich previously held a variety of roles at CA Technologies, including SaaS Senior VP and General Manager, where he founded and built the company’s independent start-up SaaS business, comprised of both infrastructure and business applications. He also held a series of management roles at Niku Corporation; Paradigm Software Technologies; Baysys Consulting Group; Merketel International; Spicer Oppenheim; Subscription Entertainment Network; Berstein, Loxton, Golding and Klein; and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a B.Acy from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Clearspeed provides technology-based risk assessments to reduce the impact of internal and external human-based risk. Our core technology is Remote Risk Assessment (RRA™). RRA is a sophisticated risk assessment decision support tool that incorporates proprietary analytical processes to evaluate characteristics of the human voice to determine risk.
We leverage our proprietary, next generation, voice biometric technologies and our expert, combat tested counterintelligence and special operations know-how to provide our clients with the ability to detect and mitigate human-based risk factors impacting their organizations. We are capable of delivering our products and services in both permissive and nonpermissive environments worldwide.
Our mission is to provide technology-based risk assessments that reduce the impact of internal and external human-based risk. You can learn more about Clearspeed by visiting www.clearspeed.com.
About RiceHadleyGates LLC
RiceHadleyGates LLC is an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC that offers advice based on extensive experience in the international arena. RiceHadleyGates works with companies to develop and implement their international strategic plans and help them expand in major emerging markets, including in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The firm’s leadership includes Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Robert Gates, all of whom held senior governmental leadership positions relating to national security and global affairs. For more information please visit http://ricehadleygates.com/.
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