April 4, 2019 – Philadelphia-headquartered executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates recently recruited Karl Van den Bergh as the chief marketing officer of Gigamon Inc. in Santa Clara, CA.
“Karl has a strong track record of leading companies in dynamic markets, so we are excited to have him on board at this critical juncture in our industry,” said Shane Buckley, president and chief operating officer of Gigamon. “He brings the ideal blend of market-driven focus, technical depth and flawless execution needed to reach the Global 5000 organizations facing these network infrastructure challenges.”
Mr. Van den Bergh most recently served as CMO at DataStax, where he expanded the global marketing team and its contribution to corporate growth. Prior to that, he was the general manager of cloud and head of product for TIBCO Analytics, where he was responsible for the product and go-to-market execution for the top-selling analytics cloud service on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Mr. Van den Bergh joined TIBCO through the acquisition of Jaspersoft, where he was also general manager for cloud and senior vice president of products. He has also held senior leadership roles at Kickfire and SAP.
Gigamon is a global provider of network visibility solutions, which accelerate threat detection and incident response times while empowering customers to maximize their infrastructure performance across physical, virtual and cloud networks.
“Clear visibility into the vast amounts of data in motion across an enterprise’s network is core to any organization’s business transformation journey,” said Mr. Van den Bergh. “I see a tremendous opportunity for Gigamon as the industry de facto platform for network visibility and security.”
Seasoned Search Consultants
Howard Fischer Associates, named to the top 50 search firms ranking in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon Media, specializes in placing key executives in functional areas, including sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, operations, information technology, human resources, business development and finance. The firm has completed senior-level searches for clients that include: Acacia, Affirmed Networks, Airbnb, Aqua America, Blue Apron, BlueJeans Network, Bonobos, Casa Systems, Cloudera, Comcast, Discovery Communications, GitHub, Jefferson Health, Penn Mutual, Pepsi Cola & National Brand Beverages, RentPath, Rue La La, Triumph Group, Twitter and UGI Utilities.
As CMO Post Evolves, Role of Recruiters Seen As Pivotal
As companies become more global and complex, marketing — and the chief marketing officer position in particular — has taken on an increasingly crucial and strategic role in moving businesses forward. Clearly, the CMO role is in the midst of change.
The firm, which also has offices in Silicon Valley, Chicago and Boston, is led by founder and president Howard Fischer. For 35 years, Mr. Fischer has consulted with CEOs, boards of directors and senior executives on the process of identifying, evaluating and attracting leaders.
Chief Marketing Officers
As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position.
Current business landscape demands have only increased the contribution from CMOs, according to the latest research report from both Forrester and Heidrick & Struggles. The survey found that CMOs are building strong relationships with the head of product and research and development to prepare the organization for digital disruption.
“We see CMOs moving beyond functional expertise to assume responsibility for driving overall growth within their organizations,” said Sheryl Pattek, VP, CMO executive partner at Forrester. “They are evolving into key strategic partners on the executive team, and know that collaboration with the rest of the C-suite will be instrumental to their success.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media