I am a technology/software operating executive and entrepreneurial leader with significant international experience. I thrive in dynamic markets such as infrastructure/enterprise software (SaaS), consumer services/mobile apps, and interactive and internet video. I have been active at various stages of the business life-cycle from start-up to venture-funded to growth to public in several companies, either in management, as board member or advisor.
I founded and served for ten years as CEO of Nuance Communications. Nuance is the global leader in speech recognition and language understanding technology. I led from the spin-out from research institute SRI International through maturity. This included building the senior management team, growing the research and engineering groups, fielding sales and service organizations, forging important partnerships and driving international expansion. I accomplished multiple financings at increasing valuations, culminating in a highly successful IPO.
Most recently, I founded and operated Volio, Inc. Volio enabled a new form of human engagement combining pre-recorded video of real people with speech recognition and language understanding technology on smart devices.
As an advisor, I have worked closely with founding CEO's and engineering and technology leadership on strategy and operations. As a public company board member, I have been involved in strategy, operations and administration, compensation, and corporate governance.
From 2009 thru December 2010 I returned to my alma mater Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Visiting Lecturer teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership.
I served as Managing Director Europe for an operating system software company, living in Paris, France for five years.
I began my career as a securities and computer software attorney, representing diverse financing and corporate clients, mainly in technology.
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