Meet the SilkRoad Leadership Team
Entrepreneurial Leaders with a Passion for Transformation
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John Shackleton serves as Executive Chairman 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.
Kamran Kheirolomoom leads strategy, products, go-to-market, and business development at SilkRoad. With over 25 years of experience in the software and services industry, Kamran comes to SilkRoad with a proven track record of founding, transforming, and building successful companies. He has managed and led several early-stage start-ups and mid-stage enterprise software companies through various stages of growth and execution. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of high technology business, including strategy and market positioning; technology and product development; go-to-market and distribution strategy; financial planning and fund raising; IPO planning and execution; and merger and acquisitions. Throughout his career he has successfully raised both private and public capital to finance company’s operations from start-up to business growth and expansion.
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.
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Mike DeVries leads global sales, marketing, customer development and strategic alliances for SilkRoad. Mike is a successful global technology executive with a passion for building great customer relationships and disrupting markets with customer focused innovation.
Most recently, Mike served as President of DataSong, a leading provider of advanced analytics solutions to top retail brands where he built new customer relationships with top tier retail brands. After the acquisition by Marketshare (and subsequently Neustar), Mike served as Head of Business Management at Marketshare / Nuestar. He has previously served as CEO of a leading SaaS analytics company, Instill, where he led the company to record financial results and a successful exit.
In 2001, Mike founded 3Hill Ventures, a strategic consulting and technology investment firm that has advised numerous businesses and investors across the technology industry. Earlier, Mike served in marketing and business leadership roles for several technology start-ups including Wakesoft (sold), Versata (IPO), Persistence (IPO), and Synon (sold).
After receiving his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mike served at General Electric Corporation for 10 years in various IT management, corporate staff and general management positions.
Senior Vice President, Products & Innovation
David Winter leads product management, strategy and innovation for SilkRoad. A seasoned entrepreneur, David has 20 years of industry experience as a software product and services executive. He has held positions in early-stage startups and large multi-national corporations. David co-founded Sigma Dynamics, a real-time predictive analytics company that was acquired by Oracle. Most recently David scaled an analytics team from 2 analysts to 80+ analytics and data science professionals and was part of a large acquisition by ADP where David ran Global Data Science.
Senior Vice President, Customer Development
Janet is responsible for leading SilkRoad’s customer engagement strategy to enable long-term customer success and support business growth across SilkRoad’s global client base. Janet has direct responsibility for SilkRoad’s Global Customer Care, Professional Services, Learning Services, Strategic Services, Managed Services and Revenue Renewal organizations. Additionally, Janet has responsibility for SilkRoad’s customer operations processes and systems.
Janet is a seasoned senior global executive with over 33 years of experience in the information technology industry. She brings a track record of creating sustainable value for customers, investors and shareholders through operational excellence and her expertise in sales and customer operations.
Most recently, Janet was responsible for the integration and consolidation of acquired businesses as a member of the corporate development team at Rocket Software (Waltham, MA). Previously, she served on the executive team at Metastorm, Inc. (Baltimore, MD). a business process management company, with responsibility for all customer and sales operations. Following Metastorm’s acquisition by OpenText Corporation (Waterloo, ON Canada) in 2011, Janet led the business integration of Metastorm and another acquired business, ~$500M in acquired value, into OpenText’s global business operations. She has held additional executive leadership, business development and sales positions with CommerceQuest, an integration company, and IBM.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Florida State University.
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.