John Shackleton – President & Chief Executive Officer
John Shackleton serves as President and CEO of SilkRoad. John has been an innovative visionary in the software industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining SilkRoad, he served as the President and CEO of Open Text Corporation, heading a $1.0 billion (USD) software company that became the world’s leading independent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software. John’s extensive background in software and services management includes IT, consulting, product development, and sales management roles. He joined Open Text from PLATINUM technology, inc., where he was President of the PLATINUM Solutions division, providing consulting services to Global 2000 customers. Previously, he served as Vice President of Professional Services at Sybase®, Incorporated for the Central U.S. and South America. In addition, John served as Vice President of Worldwide Consulting at ViewStar® Corporation, a document management imaging company based in the Bay Area.
Merri Chandler – Chief Financial Officer
Merri Chandler oversees SilkRoad’s financial operations including treasury, finance, and accounting. Merri joined SilkRoad in 2011 as the Senior Vice President of Finance and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Prior to joining SilkRoad, she spent fifteen years in finance and accounting leadership roles at both private and publicly held global technology and professional services companies including Huron Consulting Group, Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and Trading Technologies. Merri began her career in public accounting working for KPMG, LLP and is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Wm. Edward Vesely – EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Ed Vesely is responsible for worldwide marketing at SilkRoad. He is an entrepreneurial marketing and business development executive with a consistent record of growing revenue, market share and business valuation. As SVP of Marketing and Business Development at Vision Solutions his leadership contributed to record revenue (five fold increase), customer growth and earnings. While SVP of Marketing at Click Commerce, he rebranded the company and helped grow revenues from $3 to $40 million leading to an IPO. As VP of Marketing at CA/Platinum Technology, he co-founded three new product divisions, helping drive revenue from $10 to $200 million. While Director of Product Marketing and International Business Development at Accenture, he launched vertical marketing programs, which helped increased revenue by 300 percent to $90 million. He began his career with IBM, where he developed system and application software. Ed holds bachelor degrees in Journalism/Public Relations and Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, and an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.
Tony Preston – Chief Human Resource Officer
Tony Preston is responsible for the overall strategic direction of human resource initiatives for SilkRoad. He is passionate about enabling companies to succeed through building outstanding organizational cultures, ensuring high employee engagement, developing and connecting people, and giving back through corporate social responsibility.
Tony has an extensive international HR experience having lived and worked in London, England with responsibilities for Europe, Middle-East and Africa, and Hong Kong, responsible for Asia-Pacific. He has held executive HR positions in fast-paced technology companies including Nortel Networks, Andrew Satellite Sub-Systems, and Open Text Corporation.
He received his B.S. Degree from Greenville College and attended the Ivey Business School in Hong Kong, SAR. A dedicated motivational leader of change, he combines a strategic vision with the ability to construct and implement complex yet feasible operational solutions.
Steven Worth – EVP, General Counsel
Steve Worth oversees the company’s legal affairs and helps manage related areas such as compliance, risk management and corporate transactions. Prior to joining SilkRoad, Steve was the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc., a global publicly traded company, until its sale to PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Steve practiced law with the international law firm Winston & Strawn prior to Diamond and began his career as a consultant with Andersen. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University as well as a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Rich Buchheim – Chief Product Officer
Rich Buchheim is responsible for all product activities at SilkRoad, bringing together both product management, product development, and operations. He is a recognized industry leader with over four decades of experience in enterprise information management, collaboration, and business applications. Rich has a broad strategic view, deep technical knowledge, and a proven track-record of bringing together people, partners and technologies to build successful products and businesses
Rich is a serial entrepreneur who led three successful start-ups—each acquired by Fortune 1000 companies. He has also held key executive and leadership positions at OpenText, Oracle, Intergraph, and General Electric. While at OpenText, Rich worked with John Shackleton, building and managing OpenText’s strategic partner relationship with Oracle and identifying and exploiting technology and business areas for increased cooperation between the companies. At Oracle, Rich developed and implemented the strategy that led the company to become a recognized leader in enterprise content management (ECM) and was widely known there as “The Godfather of Content Management.” Rich has also provided technical and M&A consultation for a number of industry-leading technology companies and investors.
Roland Berthelot – Chief Customer Advocate
Roland Berthelot oversees all customer engagements including professional services, adoption and technical support. With more than a decade in cloud computing, consulting and sales, Roland specializes in helping customers transform their business operations through cloud technologies to maximize the end-to-end talent management experience.
Prior to SilkRoad, Roland was Senior Director at Bluewolf Inc., a SaaS consultancy firm focused in agile business transformation leveraging world class cloud solutions. During his time with Bluewolf, he led the growth of its SaaS delivery practice, including Salesforce.com, Big Machines and Eloqua. Roland also held various leadership roles in sales operations at CCC Information Services, TravelCLICK and Kohler Co.
Roland received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University.