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Aptean Names Kim Eaton as Chief Executive Officer

Aptean Names Kim Eaton as Chief Executive Officer


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Aptean Names Kim Eaton as Chief Executive Officer

Jan 6, 2015

Atlanta, January 6, 2015 — Aptean announced today the appointment of Kim Eaton as Chief Executive Officer. Eaton joined Aptean in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of Aptean’s global operations. She has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Aptean she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for NCR Corporation’s Hospitality Division.

“I’ve had the great opportunity to spend the past few months actively engaging with Aptean’s management team, employees and many of our more than 5,000 global customers to prepare for this transition and the continued evolution of Aptean,” said Eaton, CEO of Aptean. “The future is bright for our company, thanks to the tremendous momentum established by Paul Ilse.”

Eaton succeeds Paul Ilse, who joined Aptean in March 2013 and led the company through the merger of CDC Software and Consona, consolidating more than 30 enterprise business products and successfully establishing an integrated sales model and development strategy for the organization.

“Now that Aptean has emerged as a unified company, the timing is right for new leadership to take the company forward in the next phase of its development,” said Martin Taylor, Operating Principal at Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in Aptean. “Kim’s history of leadership in the technology community, as well as her hands-on personal style make her the perfect fit to lead Aptean into the future.”

Aptean also announced the appointment of Jack Blaha to succeed Eaton as Chief Operating Officer, leading Aptean’s global teams for product, professional services, and support. Blaha joined Aptean in August as Executive Vice President, leading the 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 Vista Equity Partners. Prior to VCG, Blaha held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Semiconductor Support Services Co.


Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, with more than $14 billion in cumulative capital commitments, currently invests in software, data and technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For more information, please visit


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