Australian technology company Pronto Software Ltd has announced that current chief operating officer (COO), Chad Gates, will take over as managing director in July.
Gates (pictured, right) will replace David Jackman (pictured, left), who steps down after 17 years.
According to Pronto, Jackman has tripled the size of Pronto during this period. Other key achievements during Jackman’s leadership include the staff buyout of Pronto in 2002, ensuring the company funds its own growth with zero debt or external shareholders, growth in staff from 160 to 380, and an increase in customers to more than 1700.
Jackman says the hallmark of Pronto is the company’s ability to adapt and build long-term success and industry leadership through continual investment in innovation and people.
“Succession planning is part of our commitment to excellence and it’s with great pleasure that I pass on the responsibility to Chad, a proven executive that has grown with the business over the past 11 years,” Jackman says.
“Chad has deep knowledge and longstanding experience, from marketing and product development to customer engagement whilst also being a respected individual and leader.”
Jackman says Pronto has evolved over the years, adapting to growth and ever changing technical and customer needs.
“Chad has already made immeasurable contributions to the company’s success, and will continue its progress into the future,” he continues.
According to Pronto, Gates has driven the releases of Pronto Xi (730) and prepared the company for the launch of two new divisions: Pronto Cloud Managed Solutions and digital consultancy, Pronto Woven, since his appointment as COO in late 2014.
Gates comments: “We will continue to make significant investment in the areas of cloud, analytics and mobile applications, ensuring we deliver smarter and more flexible ERP solutions that help our customers excel and succeed. David has been an inspiration and mentor during my time at the company, and I wish him all the very best on his new chapter.”
Following a 24-month transition process, Gates will officially take over the role of managing director from July 15.