Epicor Board of Directors - Biographies
Jason Wright joined the board of directors in May 2011. Wright joined Apax Partners in 2000 and is a Partner on the Technology & Telecom team. He currently serves as a board member on Tivit, Realpage (Nasdaq: RP), Trizetto and Plex Systems. Wright is on the board of the Opportunity Network, an education-focused charity in New York City. Prior to joining Apax, he served in a variety of roles at GE Capital, including principal investing on behalf of GE Ventures. Previously, he worked at Accenture, a consulting firm, designing and implementing systems for the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University and his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Roy Mackenzie joined the board of directors in May 2011. Mackenzie joined Apax Partners in 2003 and is a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team. He also currently serves as a board member on Sophos. Prior to joining Apax, he spent most of his career at McKinsey & Company where he specialized in the technology sector. He has also held operating roles at Psion plc, a mobile computer designer and manufacturer, and nSine Technology Inc. Mackenzie holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Millar Scholar, and a Masters of Engineering from Imperial College, London.
Will Chen joined the board of directors in May 2011. Chen joined Apax Partners in 2007 and is a Principal on the Tech & Telecom team. Chen has focused on the technology and telecom sector throughout his career at Apax. Prior to joining Apax, Mr. Chen worked at Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs, specializing in the technology and telecom sector at both firms. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, a Master of Science in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research from Stanford University, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Walker joined the board of directors in November 2011. Walker currently serves as a board member of Experian plc, European Directories SA, The Perform Group plc, Newcastle Science City Ltd, and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. He served as a board member of the Sage Group plc until September 2010 and Diageo plc until October 2011. Previously, Walker was Chief Executive of The Sage Group plc from 1994 to October 2010. He joined Sage in 1984 as Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director in 1987 prior to flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Walker qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, having graduated from York University with an economics degree.
Peter Gyenes joined the board of directors in November 2011. Gyenes has four decades of experience in global technical, sales, marketing, and general management positions within the software and computer systems industries. He is an active investor and board member focusing on technology market opportunities. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Sophos plc, a global security software company. He also serves on the board of Pegasystems, VistaPrint Limited, IntraLinks, Inc., RealPage, Inc., and Talend, as well as a number of privately held technology companies, and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Gyenes served on the board of Lawson Software, Inc., (until July 2011, acquired by Golden Gate/Infor), Netezza Corporation (until 2010, acquired by IBM), Bladelogic, Inc. (until 2008, acquired by BMC), webMethods, Inc. (until 2007, acquired by Software AG) and Applix, Inc. (until 2007, acquired by Cognos). He served as Chairman and CEO of Ascential Software, as well as of its predecessor companies VMark Software, Ardent Software and Informix, and led its growth into the data integration market leader, from 1996 until it was acquired by IBM in 2005. Previously, Mr. Gyenes served as President and CEO of Racal InterLan, Inc., and in executive positions at Data General Corporation, Encore Computer Corporation and Prime Computer, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held sales and technical positions at Xerox Data Systems and IBM. He is a graduate of Columbia University where he received both his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and his MBA degree.
Joe Cowan brings more than 20 years of executive management experience in the software and technology industry to Epicor Software Corporation. Prior to joining Epicor, Cowan was Chief Executive Officer and President of Online Resources Corporation, a leading provider of internet banking, bill payment and electronic finance services to financial institutions. Previously, he served as CEO of Interwoven, Inc., a global leader in enterprise content management software, until its acquisition by Autonomy in 2009. Cowan has significant technology and enterprise software experience having served in a variety of leadership roles at Manugistics, EXE Technologies and Invensys/Baan. Cowan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an M.S. in Engineering from Arizona State University.