SPMB Assists Azul Systems in Chief Marketing Officer Search

January 27, 2021 – SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of Andrew Savitz as the new chief marketing officer of Azul Systems. Dave Mullarkey led the assignment.

“Andrew has a tremendous amount of experience across all aspects of marketing, and a proven track record of helping companies effectively message, drive awareness and leads, position products, create new market categories and enable high growth sales,” said Scott Sellers, co-founder, president and CEO of Azul. “Andrew’s been successful across different market and product segments, and with both traditional software and SaaS. He’s also a great fit culturally with his style and intellect.”

Mr. Savitz brings more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing teams at high-growth SaaS companies. He joins Azul from BetterCloud where, as chief marketing officer, he coined, scoped and launched the “SaaSOps” movement. Prior to that, Mr. Savitz was CMO at AppDynamics, where he had responsibility for global marketing and its integration into Cisco after the company’s acquisition; and CMO at Aconex where he played an instrumental role in the company’s IPO, which led to an acquisition by Oracle in 2017. He has also served as vice president of worldwide marketing at KXEN through the company’s acquisition by SAP in 2013, and helped lead the growth of Salesforce.com’s largest product line.

In his new role, Mr. Savitz is responsible for setting and executing Azul’s strategy to dominate the enterprise Java market and leads all global marketing initiatives, including product marketing, product management, brand marketing and positioning, demand generation, digital and social marketing, field marketing, public relations, analyst relations, developer relations, and community and evangelism.

Azul Systems is focused on Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), providing an open source Java enterprise platform. Azul’s Java runtimes power Microsoft Azure; the cloud infrastructure of companies like Bazaarvoice, Priceline and Workday; and the operations and products of Avaya, BMW, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, LG, Mastercard, Mizuho and Software AG. Azul’s customers include 27 percent of the Fortune 100, 50 percent of Forbes Top 10 World’s Most Valuable Brands, and all 10 of the world’s top 10 financial trading companies.

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For over 40 years, SPMB has worked alongside its clients to build executive teams that ensure venture capital and private equity-backed game-changers achieve scale, and position multi-billion-dollar public companies to unlock innovation. Specializing in technology and innovation, SPMB recruits upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in tech, consumer, and sustainability industries.

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“Hilary is an accomplished executive with significant digital industry expertise and a focus on innovation and superior customer experiences that will support Shutterfly’s next chapter,” said Reed Rayman of the Apollo private equity team and a member of Shutterfly’s board of directors. “We look forward to partnering with Hilary as well as the Shutterfly management team and employees to grow its three divisions and deliver the best products and services to consumers.”

Mr. Mullarkey joined the firm in 1997 and has played a major leadership role in the firm’s growth. He became a managing partner in 2003 and has been COO for the past eight years. His clients range from high growth venture and PE backed companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. Mr. Mullarkey recruits CEOs and senior officer level executives in infrastructure, software, and consumer, and has led hundreds of retained searches. He has helped build the executive teams for many companies, including Fitbit, Lynda.com, FireEye, AppDynamics, Xero, Blackline, Nutanix and Riverbed, among others.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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