Mimi Thigpen CEO
Mimi has more than 25 years experience spearheading the rapid and sustained growth of leading communications, professional services, and technology organizations. She gained her comprehensive profit building experience from leadership accountabilities in strategic planning, customer management, marketing, new business incubation, product innovation, and lifecycle management during her very successful career with 2 Fortune 500 companies and a Big Four accounting firm.
Mimi’s collaborative and action-oriented approach has consistently produced superior results and engaged leadership teams in each of the positions she has held. At Cox Communications, she oversaw the development and launch of their wireless entry strategy, an $1+ billion dollar effort. Prior to joining Cox Communications, she served as a Managing Director of BearingPoint, Inc. and a Partner for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, where she provided business advisory services in the technology, media and communications industries. Her area of focus was on go to market strategies, customer experience, and product development where she consistently managed over $40 million dollars in revenue. Mimi began her career with the Hewlett-Packard Company, where she led several global sales, marketing, and program management teams with leadership for multi-billion dollars in revenue. Mimi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical and Computer from Clemson University. She is on the board of advisor for MBL’s Haiti Initiative, and is an active member of the Atlanta community, volunteering her time to causes such as Growing Leaders, Atlanta Urban Ministries, and Hands on Atlanta.
Craig Solberg CRO
Craig has over 15 years experience in sales, professional services, channels and alliances, sales operations and customer success. Craig is responsible for direct and indirect sales, professional services and customer operations at North Plains. Prior to joining North Plains Craig served as VP of Sales at Ariba, an SAP Company. While at Ariba Craig served in progressive leadership roles across the commercial function including COO of Global Sales, Head of Sales Strategy and Productivity, customer success and strategic consulting. Prior to Ariba Craig joined Unisys and built a supply chain consulting practice. Craig began his career at Accenture in the supply chain service line. Craig holds a BBA in Business Information Systems from the University of West Georgia.
Liz McClellan CMO
With over 20 years of experience in marketing at renowned companies, including PGi and Sage Software, Liz McClellan has established herself as a thought leader in the marketing field and was recently voted one of The Top 20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management. Liz’s work was featured in the 2013-released book, Rise of the Revenue Marketer. She has transformed marketing organizations to meet the newest trends and organizational influencers, including lead generation, sales-marketing alignment, content marketing, revenue performance management and marketing automation. She is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker and has become a sought-after expert in local and national markets. Liz graduated from Hollins University with a degree in Communication.
Mohan Taylor CTO
Mohan joins the office of the CTO from OpenText. Mohan was one of the founding members of Artesia Europe prior to its acquisition by OpenText. At OpenText, he was the Practice Principal of the Digital Media Group, Europe, and managed the digital media professional services team along with being a Chief Technology Architect. Mohan holds a first class BSc with honors in computer science from Brunel University London.
Yojiro Nishimura, GM in APAC and Representative Director of North Plains Japan
As the General Manager for the Asia Pacific region, Yojiro’s over 20-years’ experience in sales and professional services help drive rapid adoption and growth in the territory. Prior to joining to North Plains Systems, Yojiro was senior manager at Autodesk and Alias Systems. During this time, Yojiro was responsible for business development and delivery management of professional services in the rich media markets of Games, Feature Films, Broadcasting, Automobile and Manufacturing. Yojiro started the services business in the Asia Pacific region and grew it to multi-million dollars in annual revenue venture in just a few years. Yojiro has educational backgrounds in engineering and a MBA from the GLOBIS University in Japan.
Board of Directors
Hassan Kotob Executive Chairman, North Plains Systems
Hassan has been recognized by fellow industry leaders and analysts for his commitment and achievements in the digital asset management industry. From 1997 until 2011, Hassan served as President and CEO of North Plains. He brings more than 20 years of experience in executive management, global market development, and corporate growth strategy. Prior to North Plains, Hassan served as President and CEO of Medasys from 1991-1997. Under his leadership, Medasys grew from a small privately held developer of medical imaging software to a publicly traded global corporation. Prior to that, he held management and director positions at various corporations including CText and Irwin Magnetic Systems. Hassan has served on the boards of both public and private companies. He holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in International Trade and Economics from Eastern Michigan University.
Doug Walker CEO and Co-Founder, WhoPlusYou.com
In his 30 years in the technology industry, Doug has been a leader in some of the industry’s most innovative and successful companies, including – Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Alias Systems, and IBM.
Doug was CEO of BitTorrent, the world’s largest file sharing technology with more than 130 million users, and he developed and led the company’s strategic plan. For five years Doug served as President and CEO of Alias Systems – the world’s dominant provider of 3D software technology to the entertainment and product design industries. Alias operated in more than 50 countries and its customers included some of the world’s most creative companies including Disney, Industrial Light and Magic, DreamWorks, Pixar, Electronic Arts, Sony, Nike, Motorola, Apple, and “every automotive company in the world”. In his tenure, Doug and his team repositioned Alias to become the revenue and growth leader in each of the markets it served. He managed the process of divesting the business from its then-parent Silicon Graphics, developed the relationships with the company’s new investors – Accel-KKR and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Fund, and within two years sold the business to Autodesk Corporation for a significant return on investment. Prior to his term at Alias Systems Doug was the President of SGI Canada which became one of the corporation’s top performing subsidiaries and a strategic partner.
Tom Barnds Managing Director at and founding Partner of Accel-KKR.
Prior to joining Accel-KKR in 2000, Tom was a Managing Director at Nassau Capital, a private equity firm engaged in investing $2.5 billion of Princeton University’s endowment, where for four years he led growth equity investments and buyouts in technology, energy, media and healthcare. Prior to Nassau Capital, Tom worked as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. Before Bain, Tom ran Business Development at McGaw, a successful leveraged buyout led by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and ABS Capital. Tom started his career in the Investment Banking Division at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he worked with emerging growth and technology companies. Tom has been a guest lecturer on private equity topics at Stanford University and Princeton University. Tom received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his A.B. from Princeton University.
Rob Palumbo Managing Director, Accel-KKR
Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Rob co-headed the software investment banking practice at Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco. Prior to Thomas Weisel, he spent three years at Deutsche Bank where he built the technology investment banking practice in the southeastern U.S. and later headed the software practice in Silicon Valley. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Rob spent five years at Stephens, Inc. where he directed the firm’s information technology banking practice. As part of that effort, Rob originated and executed direct private equity investments on behalf of Stephens Group, the private equity investment arm of the firm. Rob started his career as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons in Baltimore, MD in 1990.
Rob was formerly a Director of IntrinsiQ Research (sold to AmerisourceBergen Holding Corporation in 2011), Saber (sold to EDS in 2007 for $460 million) and Systems & Software. Rob holds an A.B. from Princeton University.
Dean Jacobson Principal at Accel-KKR.
Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Dean was a Vice President with Summit Partners where he was involved in private equity investments in the technology and financial services sectors. Prior to Summit, Dean worked as a Director of Corporate Development at Vonage, a leading provider of digital phone services. Before Vonage, Dean was an Associate Director at 3i, a leading global private equity firm where he focused on the firm’s later-stage technology investing practice in the United States. Dean started his career in the technology group at Robertson Stephens where he worked with growing companies in the semiconductor, hardware, storage and digital media sectors.
Dean is a former Director of the Endurance International Group (sold to a private equity consortium in 2011 for $1.0 billion). Dean received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar and his A.B. from Harvard University.
Maurice A. Hernandez Senior Associate, Accel-KKR
Maurice Hernandez joined Accel-KKR in 2007. Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Maurice worked at Deutsche Bank’s Technology Mergers & Acquisitions group in San Francisco. While at Deutsche Bank, Maurice was involved in a variety of mergers, acquisitions, buyouts and leveraged financings in the software, services and Internet sectors. Maurice previously worked at Needham & Company, an investment bank focused on emerging growth companies. While at Needham, Maurice was involved in advising mid-market technology companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. He received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
James Christopher Advisor
James has more than 30 years of experience in the international technology industry, particularly in the creative, communication and collaboration solutions sector. His expertise is in sales, marketing and channel development, and in the leadership and growth of technology businesses.
James’ past positions include C.O.O. with Jump I.T. one of the top 100 technology integrators in Canada, VP, Global Services for Platform Computing where he was responsible for all service offerings including maintenance (support and software development), professional services and training; and VP, Global Services for Alias, where he built a global services business including consulting, maintenance, education and publishing. Prior to Alias, James was Director, National Channels for SGI Canada and prior to that held progressively senior positions in sales and marketing for Apple Canada.