Management Team

Management Team

Kim Eaton
Chief Executive Officer

Kim Eaton serves Aptean as Chief Executive Officer, leading the company to provide unrivaled service to its nearly 5,000 global customers and drive product innovation in the enterprise software market. Ms. Eaton joined Aptean in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of Aptean’s global operations.

Ms. Eaton has over 25 years in the technology sector with a broad range of senior leadership and management positions. She began her career as an Accenture consultant, implementing large-scale distribution and warehouse management systems, as well as Financial and HR/Payroll solutions.

She has served as President for BlueCube Software and as Executive Vice President for RedPrairie Corporation. Prior to joining Aptean, Ms. Eaton was with NCR Corporation where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for NCR Corporation’s Hospitality Division. She was also responsible for the integration process of Radiant Systems into NCR, focusing on sales and marketing.

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Ms. Eaton holds a Bachelor of Science in Distributed Studies (Biology, Chemistry) from Iowa State University.

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Bijal Patel
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Bijal Patel is responsible for overseeing all of Aptean accounting, finance, legal and IT functions.

Prior to joining Aptean, Mr. Patel spent four years at Misys, a leader of software to the financial services industry and most recently served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Misys, he held various finance and commercial leadership positions spanning more than a decade at IBM (UK).

Known for his passion for embracing challenges, driving operational performance, collaborating across the business and developing effective teams, Mr. Patel will lead the planning and execution of Aptean’s immediate and long term financial strategies.

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Mr. Patel has been a member of the Association of Certified Charted Accountants since 2006 and earned his degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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Jack Blaha
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jack Blaha leads the Aptean global Product, Professional Services and Support teams. He joined the company in August as Executive Vice President, leading Aptean’s Integrated Operations solutions division. Blaha has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the technology and manufacturing sector, most recently with Vista Consulting Group (VCG), the consulting arm of Aptean’s parent company, Vista Equity Partners. Prior to VCG, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Semiconductor Support Services Co.

Mr. Blaha’s additional experience includes serving as General Manager at SVTC™ Technologies, General Manager of the Metron Equipment Group, Director of Global Operations for Metron, and an Officer in the US Army.

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Mr. Blaha earned his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School at UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Kyle L. Bowker
Executive Vice President, Global Account Management & Marketing

Mr. Bowker leads the worldwide Aptean account management and marketing teams and is responsible for growing the company’s business globally.

A seasoned professional, Kyle Bowker has 28 years of leadership and management experience within the enterprise software industry. Kyle has a proven track record of success in organic and acquisition-based growth strategies enabling the development of long-term, sustainable relationships with shareholders, customers, partners and colleagues.

Before joining Aptean, Mr. Bowker served as Executive Vice President of Americas at RedPrairie Corporation. His career also includes senior executive roles in the enterprise software arena: VP and MD Americas for Progress Software, SVP Global Sales at Allegro Development Corporation, President and CEO at Nextance, SVP North America sales at PeopleSoft, EVP Worldwide Field Operations at Informatica Corp, SVP and General Manager Manufacturing Sector at SAP America, and managerial roles at Oracle Corporation and Dun & Bradstreet Software.

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Mr. Bowker received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

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Bhaskar Appacudal
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Bhaskar Appacudal is responsible for overseeing all of Aptean global Product Development, including Quality and Program Management functions.

Bhaskar has over 24 years of experience in the software industry with a proven track record in product delivery and acquisition integrations, most recently as CTO at Sunquest. Prior to Sunquest, Bhaskar was the founder promoter of Questech, an Internet Solutions company. Bhaskar also set up and managed the offshore software development for Apple in India. Having worked with IBM in the U.S, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia, Bhaskar was one of the first members to join the engineering division of IBM in India.

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Bhaskar holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communications from P.S.G. Tech, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech.

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Todd Schulte
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions

Todd Schulte is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of customer facing operations across the entire Aptean family of products, including all of Support and Services.

Mr. Schulte served as the SVP of Global Support for Consona Corporation, which merged with CDC Software to form Aptean. Since joining the company in 1994, Mr. Schulte has held a number of customer facing roles. Including over fifteen years of management, he has worked in Customer Support, Education, Product & Services Management, and Web Design.

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Mr. Schulte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Miami University.

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TVN Reddy
Senior Vice President, Process Product Group

As SVP of Process Products, TVN Reddy has strategic and operational responsibility for leading Aptean’s portfolio of Process solutions, which includes Activplant, Axis, Factory, Knova and Ross products. He joined Aptean in 2013 as SVP of Engineering, leading the global product development team at Aptean. TVN has more than 18 years of experience in the software and services industries.

Prior to joining Aptean, Mr. Reddy was with ADP Inc. for 12 years where he led the product development for Time and Labor products and mid-market payroll products as Vice President of Product Development.

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Mr. Reddy earned his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Masters in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in India.

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Mike Ressel
Vice President, Discrete ERP Product Group

As Group Vice President – Discrete ERP, Mike Ressel has strategic and operational responsibility for leading Aptean’s portfolio of Discrete ERP solutions, which include Made2Manage, Intuitive, Encompix, Cimnet and DTR.Since joining Aptean in 2012, Mr. Ressel has provided executive and operational leadership across a number of areas including Global Business Enablement, Professional Services, Global Sales Operations and EMEA operations.

Immediately prior to joining Aptean Mr. Ressel worked with Aptean’s parent firm, Vista Equity Partners, and previous to Vista served in a variety of strategic roles with CheckFree Corporation and Fiserv, Inc.

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Mr. Ressel holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, both from West Virginia University.

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Matt Keenan
Vice President, CRM Product Group

Matt Keenan is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and direction of Aptean’s portfolio of CRM products including Pivotal CRM, Onyx CRM, Saratoga CRM as well as the Respond Complaint Management solution. He joined the company in January, 2014 as Vice President – Product Management leading Aptean’s product management function in the CRM space. Mr. Keenan has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in the CRM sector, with specific experience in the Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Public Sector markets.

As an CRM thought leader, Mr. Keenan is a frequent speaker at company, industry and customer events and frequently contributes articles and papers on both CRM and industry specific topics to global publishers.

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Mr. Keenan’s additional experience includes management and leadership roles in the CRM space with Microsoft, salesforce.com, and Oracle. He earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

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Brad Steger
Vice President, Supply Chain and Vertical Solutions Product Group

Brad Steger leads all of the SCM/VS products within Aptean’s portfolio. He joined the company in April 2011 as Director of Professional Services, leading Aptean’s Catalyst professional services team. Steger has more than 20 years of corporate level project and program experience with 15+ years of Supply Chain software experience.

Prior to rejoining Aptean in 2011 Steger spent 9 years with Agilent Technologies working in their global financial services (GFS) organization. Steger’s roles included project and program management representing GFS in corporate programs. Mr. Steger’s additional experience includes 9 years with Catalyst lastly serving as their Vice President of Professional Services – Customer Projects.

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Mr. Steger earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

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Karen L. Forristal
Vice President, Global Business Enablement

Karen Forristal has responsibility for global operations supporting Aptean's account management, customer solutions and portfolio functions, as well as managing licenses and fulfillment of Aptean’s products. Since joining Aptean, Ms. Forristal has provided leadership in a number of areas including Product Management, Customer Support and Education, Quality Assurance, and Discrete ERP Operations.

Ms. Forristal has 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry working with a variety of ERP, Supply Chain and CRM products. She began her career as a product manager for a telecom software package, supporting and implementing inventory and materials management systems.

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Ms. Forristal earned her Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Bachelor of Science in Education, Spanish from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

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Joanna Luth
Vice President, Human Resources

Joanna Luth leads all global human resources strategy and execution for Aptean. Mrs.Luth has 15 years of human resources experience, specializing in employee engagement and relations, talent acquisition, performance management, and training and development.

Prior to joining Aptean in September 2013, she served as Senior Human Resources Manager at JDA Software, within the Learning & Development division. Mrs.Luth had previously served as the Director of Talent Acquisition & Development for RedPrairie, which was acquired by JDA Software in January 2013. Her experience also includes HR positions with The Partners Group, Paramount Staffing and law firms Kilpatrick Townsend and Drew Eckl & Farnham.

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Mrs.Luth holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Masters in Theological Studies from the Claremont School of Theology.

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