Meet the SilkRoad Leadership Team
Entrepreneurial Leaders with a Passion for Transformation
Chief Executive Officer and President
Robert Dvorak serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. He brings to SilkRoad over 30 years of executive leadership positions in strategic sales and marketing, most recently with Forsythe Technology, Inc (recently acquired by Sirius Computer Solutions). Bob ran KillerIT (a subsidiary of Forsythe) since 2011 as Founder and President. KillerIT is a Gartner-recognized digital SaaS platform for driving IT Effectiveness and Digital Business Transformations. Robert served on the Board of Directors of Forsythe Technology, Inc. as well as the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Bob holds an MBA and BA Physics, BA Economics from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Lake Forest College, respectively.
Chief Revenue Officer
Janet Halma is responsible for leading SilkRoad’s global go-to-market and go-to- customer revenue generation strategies to support business growth. Janet has direct responsibility for SilkRoad’s Global Sales and Marketing teams, 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.
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.
Controller – Vice President, Finance
Kate O’Neill is responsible for SilkRoad’s financial operations. Prior to joining SilkRoad, she held finance and accounting leadership roles at both private and publicly held companies in Chicago and London. Kate spent the first ten years of her career in public accounting working for Deloitte. She holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Onboarding Solutions
Lilith Christiansen brings more than 20 years of consulting experience to SilkRoad, having established a reputation as an industry expert, author and speaker. At SilkRoad Lilith Christiansen leads a team dedicated to partnering with SilkRoad customers to develop world-class strategic onboarding practices and programs that transform their employee experiences and drive business outcomes. The onboarding solutions team helps organizations build better employee experiences and drive retention by connecting all of the onboarding experiences throughout the employee lifecycle. Prior to joining SilkRoad, Lilith served as Vice President of the Organizational Development Practice group at Kaiser Associates, co-leading deep analytical and business performance perspective projects to help leading companies succeed against organizational development challenges. She co-authored the best-selling business book “Successful Onboarding.” It one of the first books to outline methodologies for creating strategic onboarding programs on a global scale to unlock hidden values from talent bases.
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
John Westby leads SilkRoad’s brand and go-to-market strategies to drive revenue and customer engagement. An accomplished marketing leader, John joined SilkRoad in 2013 as Digital Marketing Director where he led the organization’s lead generation and digital strategies. A pioneer in driving revenue and brand through content and thought leadership strategies, he brings to SilkRoad more than 15 years of experience creating sales-aligned, multi-channel marketing programs that grow brands and revenue. Prior to SilkRoad he led marketing and corporate communications teams at SpringCM, Flexera Software, Lakeview Technology and other technology firms.
Vice President, Business Development
Karl Fruecht is responsible for Business Development and driving operational efficiency. Prior to joining SilkRoad, he has held executive roles in Sales, Marketing, E-Commerce, Technology and Management, and has created award winning programs to drive team-based improvement in sales, process and performance. He brings experience in turn-arounds, start-ups, modernization, and expansion into new markets. Karl is co-founder of Uncharted Learning NFP, which delivers entrepreneurial and coding curriculum in high schools throughout the country Karl is co-founder of Uncharted Learning NFP, which delivers entrepreneurial and coding curriculum in high schools throughout the United States. He serves as President of The DASH to Cure Diabetes, Inc., and has served with Hospice of Northwest Chicago, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington Area Community Foundation, and is a Sustaining Board Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He holds a BA in Communications from Northern Illinois University.