November 13, 2020 – San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed Atish Ghosh as the chief technology officer for Cority Software in Toronto. He replaces the retiring CTO Stan Marsden, who worked for Cority for 28 years. Alex Bossetta led the assignment.
“We’re delighted to welcome Atish Ghosh to Cority,” said Mark Wallace, CEO of Cority. “He is a proven technology leader with extensive experience scaling high-growth software companies and we look forward to him leading a new era of EHSQ technology innovation. I also want to thank Stan Marsden and celebrate his many accomplishments – from delivering the first client-server version for occupational health and industrial hygiene solutions in the early 90s to being the first EHSQ software vendor to achieve ISO 27001 certification and first EHSQ SaaS platform with virtually all clients on a single version.”
Mr. Ghosh brings over 20 years of experience in product engineering expertise in B2B cloud-based software, products, and services to Cority. He joins the company from Neustar, a global information services provider serving more than 8,000 clients worldwide, including 60 of the Fortune 100, where he was senior vice president of product engineering and led the engineering and development organization for Neustar’s broad set of marketing, risk, security and communications solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Ghosh was SVP of global research and development for Ellucian, where he led the research and development organization of over 800 employees responsible for the design, development. Previously, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Blue Yonder, a supply chain software provider.
In his new role with Cority, Mr. Ghosh will accelerate the company’s next phase of innovation and growth. He will lead the technology, engineering and development strategy for the industry-leading enterprise EHSQ SaaS solution. “Leading cloud technologies can continue to be leveraged to provide organizations with pragmatic actionable insights that can transform the way they work,” said Mr. Ghosh. “Cority has a rich history of innovation and satisfied customers in EHSQ software. I am honored to join the team.”
Cority is an environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software. The product enables users to standardize processes and workflows, integrate and centralize data, track performance and identify problem areas for compliance fulfillment. With 30-plus years of innovation and experience, Cority’s team of nearly 400 experts serve more than 1,300 clients in 100 countries.
Serving the PE Sector
Bespoke Partners is an executive search and leadership advisory firm dedicated to partnering with top private equity firms, including Thoma Bravo, Francisco Partners, Clearlake Capital, WCAS, Insight Partners, GI Partners, General Atlantic, CVC Capital Partners and TA Associates, to recruit software talent and assess and evaluate teams at every stage of the investment lifecycle, from growth equity to buyout.
Bespoke Partners Adds CEO of Sales Benchmark Index as Board Member
Bespoke Partners recently added Matt Sharrers, CEO of Sales Benchmark Index (SBI), as a new board member. Mr. Sharrers was appointed to help provide mentorship to CEO Kristie Nova as it relates to effectively scaling a professional services organization. “I have been tracking Matt and SBI for several years and have always been impressed with Matt’s passion and incredible vision for growth,” said Ms. Nova. “We have been very deliberate in our board member selection, and Matt’s experience in effectively scaling a professional services organization makes him a truly valuable addition to our board as we march towards $50 million in revenue.”
Last year, Bespoke Partners conducted more than 100 searches; it has completed over 500 searches since its inception in 2011. Its expertise includes all C-level searches, as well as board of directors and internal private equity operating partner searches. The firm’s leadership advisory expertise includes organizational due diligence as well as executive assessment and coaching. Bespoke Partners also has offices in Austin, TX and New York City.
With a focus on CEO, CPO and CHRO searches for private equity-backed software companies, Ms. Bossetta has helped build out executive teams at Sphera, Nearpod, Appriss, Aternity, Cority, Care Brands and others. Prior to Bespoke, she worked at GLG, where she supported private equity and venture capital firms in deal origination and due diligence efforts.
Providing a Diverse Slate of Candidates
Bespoke Partners has long been committed to diversity and inclusion. “We strive to provide a diverse slate of candidates to our clients,” Ms. Nova said. “Often what we find, especially within the CTO and CFO functions, is that women in C-level or No. 2 positions are far outnumbered by their male counterparts. The issue clearly starts before women are even in the position to be considered for an executive level role with less and less bubbling towards the top.”
Bespoke is a female founded and led business, and its diverse values are reflected in its company makeup. “We make a conscious effort to work with women and diverse candidates to mentor and coach them throughout career,” said Ms. Nova. “We help them with compensation negotiations, career pathing and introductions across our network. Ultimately, we want to stay in touch and build close relationships with high potential leaders to give the help that we can to get them into the roles they are aspiring for.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media