In this month’s letter, I’d like to introduce the new Rocket executive leaders who have joined our team and are playing a major role in setting our course for continued success and growth.
Justin Colson is our Senior Vice President of Business Transformation. He will be leveraging his extensive background in growth strategy to move Rocket forward as we continue to expand both organically and through acquisitions. Justin was previously General Manager of the Electric Propulsion Business Unit and strategy leader for electrified and autonomous vehicles at Sensata Technologies. Prior to Sensata, Justin led growth strategy and operational programs for aerospace, automotive and industrial companies as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Matt Deres is our new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer leading our information technology strategy. Before joining Rocket, Matt was the Senior Vice President of Information Technology at ACI Worldwide and the Vice President of Global Infrastructure & Operations at PTC. He was also the NA Regional Infrastructure Head at Computershare and the Global Hosting Services Manager for Thermo Electron (Thermo Fisher Scientific).
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Ross Rosenberg is playing a critical role in the expansion of Rocket through acquisitions, a key part of our growth strategy. Ross has led M&A-driven transformations at a number of enterprise and industrial technology companies, including most recently as Chief Strategy Officer/Head of Corporate Development at Belden and previously as a senior executive at both First Solar and Danaher Corporation, where he ran a $500 million division.
Please join me in welcoming Justin, Matt, and Ross to the team. You can see by their past experience that each of them brings a wealth of expertise and capability. But what you’ll also find is that each of them believes deeply in our values of humanity, empathy, trust, and love.
I am excited about our next chapter of growth with Justin, Matt, and Ross!
Andrew J. Youniss
President and CEO, Rocket Software, Inc.
To celebrate our expanded leadership team, I’d like to share a few songs that capture some themes of leadership:
"Leader of the Band," Dan Fogelberg This tribute to the songwriter’s father is one of the most moving songs of the early 1980s.
"One Thing Leads to Another," The Fixx This irresistible 1983 new wave dance hit became a global sensation and established The Fixx as a staple of the early years of MTV. A year later several members of the band played a critical role in rebooting Tina Turner's career, playing and singing on her blockbuster Private Dancer album.
"Best Day of My Life," American Authors Specializing in self-improvement-themed lyrics set to big, arena-filling choruses, modern rock band American Authors find plenty in life to celebrate in this 2014 chart-topper.
"The Best," Tina Turner If Tina Turner is indeed among the very best in music history, then her live performances — such as this set from her 1990 Foreign Affair World Tour — are even better than all the rest.
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