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456 West 19th Street • Edison Hill, CA 99989
415-555-1000 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer
Twelve years bringing award-winning high-tech
leadership to often challenging situations
Winner of national recognition for management skills who has turned companies around and consistently increased productivity and business opportunities. Proven performance in marketing, human resources,
and budget development, with cross-functional successes in varied industries as well as financial expertise across sectors.
CORE COMPETENCIES INCLUDE
San Francisco, California
2000 TO PRESENT
President and CEO. Turned around a struggling $450 million business software services firm providing VOIP services and applications.
Developed the vision and strategy to target a new market related to the core engineering team's expertise.
Surpassed industry expectations for sales growth and more than doubled market share from 5% to 12% in three years.
Cut back projects outside focus area. Sold the underperforming graphics software business to an industry leader for $125 million, exceeding most analysts' expectations.
Also sold 25,000 square feet of commercial office space in Southern California.
Applied resources to key target. Used revenue from these sales to jump-start VOIP product development, hiring top-tier software engineers to build intellectual capital for sustained growth.
Increased operational efficiency 34 percent. Revamped the marketing department and achieved new business goals utilizing lean principles.
Earned national honor. Helped Vocalo win the Standard Magazine Award as one of the top five best U.S. software firms to work for.
DIGITAL MOAT RESEARCH CORPORATION,
Palo Alto, California
1998 TO 2000
Vice President of Product Development. Revived the product line of an Internet security software firm.
Reestablished market leadership as head of R&D projects that resulted in 12 significant new patents. Leading a team of design engineers,
application developers, and market strategists, identified opportunity to use company's patents in new applications to provide desktop and intranet protection against spyware, viruses, and spam.
- Headed development of groundbreaking, prize-winning product. Led the team that created the first web-based model for delivery of a self-regenerative virus-destructing network server, from product scoping to implementation, testing, and shipping.
It has since become an award-winning application and challenging market leader.
- Devised successful market strategies. Developed effective marketing and communications plans for spin-off companies, leading to new business opportunities and early profitability.
- Spearheaded innovative Internet advertising program.Recruited, hired, and led teams of engineers, designers, artists, and writers to participate in an Internet advertising campaign for a cutting-edge technology tool that included a downloadable software kernel
and separate content packages for display on client computers. This project led to two patents, and the product shipped in 2001.
Santa Monica, California
1995 TO 1998
Founder and CEO. Launched and established an independent software company that developed and sold audio, video, and web streaming solutions for a variety of business sectors.
- Achieved sale of business segment. Sold the web streaming software portion of the firm to NWP Software in 1997. Continued as a consultant to NWP for one year.
University of California at Berkeley - Berkeley, California
Masters in Economics
Stanford University - Palo Alto, California
BS in Computer Science
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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