May 5, 2016 – ChampionScott Partners has recruited Alain Gentilhomme as chief technology officer at Nintex. As CTO, Mr. Gentilhomme will be responsible for delivering business automation services to Nintex customers and partners. These services allow organizations to design, implement, and scale business processes, workflows, and mobile applications easily, establishing conditions for greater innovation, increased productivity gains, and broad-based revenue growth.
He brings more than 25 years of extensive technology and engineering leadership experience to Nintex. He joins from Parallels, where he was most recently senior vice president of engineering and product management where he led the company’s product strategy and technology. Prior to that, he served as SVP of engineering at Acronis where he developed new storage and file recovery technologies, helping triple the company’s revenue in six years.
Earlier, Mr. Gentilhomme spent over 10 years at Microsoft in roles spanning from technical evangelistto group program manager for the Management Infrastructure Group. He began his career in France with Telemecanique and GSI.
“Alain Gentilhomme is a highly collaborative leader with exceptional technical credentials that align perfectly with the industries and line of business that Nintex serves,” said John Burton, chief executive officer of Nintex. “Alain brings a wealth of experience from his decade at Microsoft and more recent senior roles at software-as-a-service companies (SaaS). His skills will ensure that Nintex is delivering the right technology — at the right time and place — to companies in all phases of digital transformation.”
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ChampionScott Partners focuses on the technology industry and related sectors. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, London, Naples, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the firm has an established record in recruiting CFOs for companies, including Nintex, Payspan, World Air Holdings, Sonus Networks, LookSmart, and Gadzoox.
Newly-named CTOs have been cropping up in a range of recent corporate hirings, from industrial giant GE to data management company NetApp to non-profits like the Museum of Modern Art. They all have named chief technology officers within the last 10 months. Even Hillary Rodham Clinton hired a longtime Google technology executive when her presidential campaign began in earnest last summer to serve as CTO to oversee technology development in her bid for the White House.
Yet, according to recruiters specializing in landing top flight technology talent, in the always changing world of technology these executives are becoming tougher to recruit, especially given the complexity and integration of a global, digital economy.
“In the past, the primary CTO criteria was that of a strategic visionary technologist and company spokesperson,” said Chris Messing, a principal at ChampionScott Partners who was part of the search team that recruited Mr. Gentilhomme. “What has changed is that though a visionary technology leader remains a key criteria, the requirements have evolved to include the ability to operate both tactically as well as strategically – a doer rather than just a big thinker. Those that possess the tech credibility AND the proven ability to execute, lead teams and communicate at all levels now rise to the top of the list.”
Ross Freeman, CEO of executive search firm 680 Partners and a specialist recruiter in the sector, said the importance of CTOs in today’s business environment cannot be overstated. “As companies shift structures, we will see more senior people in the CIO / CTO organizations taking on significant business decisions,” he said.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media