Polachi Recruits Chief Technology Officer for Escher Group

March 7, 2019 – Boston-headquartered executive search firm Polachi Inc. has placed Wayne Haubner as the new chief technology officer of Escher Group. Partner Peter Polachi led the assignment.

Mr. Haubner is a pioneering technology executive and change agent who has a track record for driving enduring results through leadership, agility and continuous innovation, said Polachi Inc. He has a proven track record of building world-class customer-centric engineering organizations by fostering a culture of data-driven continuous improvement and collaboration.

Previously, Mr. Haubner was chief innovation officer of Synergi Partners. Before that, he was vice president of emerging technology and engineering at VT iDirect and prior to that was VP of product development at ADP. Earlier in his career, Mr. Haubner was CTO of Frictionless Commerce.

“Mr. Haubner’s education in computer science, decades of work within the growing technology industry and executive-level experience makes him an exciting addition to Escher’s team as they grow and expand with the changing technological era in business,” said Polachi Inc.

Based in Boston, Escher Group is a provider of point of service software with offices in five countries across the globe, serving customers in over 35 countries. The company’s technology serves enterprises and central and local governments as they eliminate paper and transition to fully digital processes in their commercial interactions.

Veteran Recruiters

Polachi Inc. provides recruiting services to technology, clean technology, private equity and venture capital concerns. The firm recruits leaders for a client roster that includes Aspen Technology, Bottomline Technologies, Attunity, Cognizant Technologies, MAM Software, Trillium Software/Harte Hanks, FleetMatics, Lionbridge, Sparta Systems, Sevcon, Epsilon, Cognex, Plug Power, Mediamorph, Witricity, BlueConic, Perkins School, Knoa and Visual IQ, among others.

Mr. Polachi recruits CEOs, board members and other officer-level executives for public and private technology companies. He also oversees Polachi Inc.’s venture capital and private equity specialty practice, which is dedicated to recruiting partners for leading venture capital and private equity firms around the world.

Technology Executives in Demand

Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum. Chief technology officer hiring, in fact, is expected to grow 18 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It’s a trend that is keeping executive search firms well occupied.

In addition, the booming technology sector, vibrant even when the economy was softer, shows little sign of retreat, according to a host of recruiters who service the talent needs of companies across the field. It continues to produce capabilities and services that few imagined just a decade ago.

Yet a recently conducted survey of global executives by Odgers Berndtson and Forrester Research revealed that 84 percent of companies lack the necessary talent base to execute a digital transformation.

Recruiting CTOs

A number of executive search firms have placed CTOs in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Acertitude recruited Richard Harris as chief technology officer of DRB Systems, a provider of technology-enabled devices and software solutions to the car wash industry. Senior partner Scott Carberry led the search. Mr. Harris was identified, evaluated and placed in 58 days. DRB is a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm which invests in high-quality leaders in growth industries and manages over $20 billion in assets.

Assisted by search firm Polachi Inc., Henry Schein Inc., a provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, recently placed Christopher Pendergast as its SVP and CTO. Mr. Pendergast most recently served as CTO for VSP Global

Specialist recruiters Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has placed former Tampa Bay Lightning executive Sean Walker as the Philadelphia Phillies’ new CTO. Mr. Walker has 19 years of technology and information systems experience in highly visible sports environments where he was responsible for strategic IT planning and project execution. 

Rockville, MD-headquartered executive search firm JDG Associates recently recruited Vijay Desai as chief technology officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board in Washington, D.C. President Darren DeGioia led the assignment. Previously, Mr. Desai was head of IT operations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull placed Jonathan Bourgoine as CTO with Nasdaq-traded Stamps.com, a provider of postage online and shipping software solutions. This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by partner Craig Lipus, principal consultant Garrett Lipus, and senior recruiting associate Brian Selvey. Mr. Bourgoine previously served as VP and chief …

Accelent recently placed Andreas Bayer as the CTO of Beam Solutions in San Francisco. Managing director John Boehmer led the assignment along with partner Maura McShane. Mr. Bayer has over 20 years of experience delivering software solutions to the financial industry. 

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

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