• Vice President of Business Development Talligent, the Openstack Billing and Customer Lifecycle Solution

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  • Ken Rugg, CEO of Tesora The entrepreneurial bug bit Ken early when he left MIT’s computer-science program early to join an artificial intelligence startup. Ken has 20 years in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development. He has shown expertise in innovative go-to-market strategies, growing technical solutions into profitable businesses, building high-performance teams and pushing sales. Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software. He led a combination of sales, services, marketing, product strategy and development for many of the company’s enterprise software products. Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon, the maker of ObjectStore, was acquired. There he was the chief technology officer and vice president of product development. Under his technical leadership, eXcelon became the leader in XML database and XML integration technologies while maintaining its dominant position in the object database market. Between leading a startup and raising four children ages 13 to 24, there is little time left for other pursuits, but he does enjoy relaxing by his koi pond when the water isn’t frozen over.

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  • Experienced professional directing strategy, execution, and delivery of innovative solutions for leading companies across multiple industries. Visionary strategist with proven ability to leverage cutting-edge technology to expand service and capability, holding advanced knowledge of Cloud computing. Trusted partner who engages both technical and business officers to define needs and align technology initiatives with broader organizational goals. Holds an Electronics Engineering degree and a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Maryland.

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