Former Lombardi Software CEO Rod Favaron Joins SpredFast as CEO
Spredfast today announced that Rod Favaron has joined the company as chief executive officer, effective immediately. In addition, Favaron will join the Spredfast board of directors. Favaron’s appointment caps off a year of successes for Spredfast which include aggressive customer acquisition, Series A funding from Austin Ventures in April 2010 and ongoing recognition by industry analysts as an innovative player in social media marketing and the growing social customer relationship management (CRM) market.
“2010 was a great year for Spredfast and the social CRM market. Companies now realize that social media is a crucial communication platform for engaging customers, and companies that embrace social get a great advantage,” said Ken Cho, co-founder of Spredfast. “We’re thrilled to have someone with Rod’s talent and background on board as Spredfast gears up for another year of explosive growth.”
Solar Winds CEO Michael S. Bennett Joins Bazaarvoice Board
Bazaarvoice today announced that Michael S. Bennett has joined the Bazaarvoice Board of Directors. Bennett is a 30-year veteran in the technology industry with tremendous expertise in accelerating growth in early stage and public technology businesses and building organizations that distinguish themselves in tough, competitive environments. A seven-time CEO, Bennett most recently served as president, chief executive officer, and chairman of SolarWinds, where he led the company to its IPO in May 2009 as the first Austin company to go public in five years.
“Mike Bennett deeply understands how to build sustainable growth and lead an organization for the long term,” said Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice. “He has created some of Austin’s most successful companies while focusing on the lasting economic impact that these companies can have in our local community. What I most admire about Mike is his commitment to build companies that excel in terms of culture, purpose, and community impact – all while achieving phenomenal operational results. He’s one of the best CEOs I’ve ever worked with, and we will all benefit from his influence and guidance.”