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Why Acendre

It’s about your success and results. Acendre helps organizations recruit, onboard, measure, engage and develop their people to improve workforce performance. Harnessing insights from people analytics, we partner with organizations to help them gain data-driven insight through talent and performance management.

We believe that talent management technology, underpinned by people analytics, is fundamental to transforming organizational performance.

Our Journey

Acendre was formed in 1997 (as NGA.NET) in Australia, with co-founder Mike Giuffrida’s vision of revolutionizing talent management. Initially focused on recruitment and talent acquisition, Acendre has evolved to provide talent and performance management systems that are robust, insightful people analytics that today serve many of the world’s largest enterprises. As Mike leads Acendre to new heights, he continues to instill a passion to our customers and employees that talent management, underpinned by people analytics, is fundamental to transforming organizational performance.

In 2010, Acendre entered the North American market, where the company has quickly established a leadership position in the United States federal government. Today, with offices in three continents, the company’s solutions are deployed in over 200 of the world’s largest organizations, including almost 100 federal agencies, helping them recruit, onboard, engage and develop their employees to improve workforce performance. A recipient of numerous awards and with almost 400,000 users, Acendre processes over two million resumes a year and over two million transactions every week.

200+ Global Customers. Millions of Applicants, Jobs and Employees Managed

Partnerships with many of the world’s leading talent management consultants

Acendre Board


Meet our experienced board executives

Bob Morse

Bob Morse

Board Member

Bob Morse founded Strattam Capital in 2013 and serves as Managing Partner. Previously, Bob was a Partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners, where he led the Technology Vertical and was a member of the Investment Committee. From 1995 to 1999, he worked at GCC Investments, a growth private equity firm based in Boston. Before GCC, he worked at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Bob has served on numerous private and public boards over time. He is currently a director of Blacksmith Applications, Contegix, SSB Data, Acendre, Rock Solid Technologies, and Trax. His former directorships include: Telecity Group, ViaWest, Doxim, and Intermedia. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the HMTF Center for Private Equity at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Bob received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S.E. from Princeton University.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-morse-3567595/

Adrian Polak

Adrian Polak

Board Member

Adrian Polak is a Partner and Co-Founder at Strattam Capital. Previously, Mr. Polak was a Senior Advisor in the Technology Group for Oak Hill Capital Partners. Prior to his engagement at Oak Hill, Mr. Polak was Vice President at Rockwood Capital, where his primary responsibility was to implement the firm’s data center investment program. Other previous experience includes serving as the Manager of Corporate and Business Development at Kontiki, an internet infrastructure company, and as an Associate in the M&A group at Hambrecht and Quist (now JP Morgan Chase). Adrian’s current board seats include: Acendre, Blacksmith Applications and Contegix. Adrian received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-polak-772b1643/

David Grayce

David Grayce

Board Member

Experienced private equity professional with 20 years of experience at two top-tier firms. Strong track record in institutional buyout, as well as earlier stage investing. Effective fundraiser, a known entity, trusted by LPs. Experienced distress turnaround manager. Many successes realizing strategic agenda from the Board across buyout, listed, start-up and government entity situations. Important roles and civic contributions across green energy policy, education and development. Versatile, innovative and adaptive team player. Stanford pedigree and law degree.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-grayce-61013714/

Otto Berkes

Board Member

An Xbox co-founder, Otto Berkes served in various leadership roles during his 18 years at Microsoft. He moved to HBO in 2011 to build the HBO GO streaming service, and as CTO, to lead the technology division and the company’s overall digital transformation. He subsequently joined CA Technologies as EVP to lead new product incubation and to direct the company’s transition to subscriptions. Following Broadcom’s $18.9 billion acquisition of CA in 2019, Otto founded bogbridges.com to help other companies navigate through digital disruption. He is co-inventor on ten patents, a recipient of Microsoft’s Xbox Founder Award, an Emmy Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award, and is a published author. Otto is currently a director of Acendre, an advisor to Airtime, and a trustee at the University of Vermont.

Mike Giuffrida

Mike Giuffrida

Board Member

Mike co-founded Acendre in 1997 and was appointed our CEO in 2002. Widely regarded as a Talent Acquisition and Talent Management thought leader, Mike was awarded the 2008 Victoria State Pearcey Award for his innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to IT research and development.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikegiuffrida

Neil Willis

Board Member

Previously, Mr. Willis worked as a Vice President at GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, where he focused on cybersecurity, information services and government services and defense investments. Prior to joining GTCR, he was an Associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in New York and before that, worked at Morgan Stanley. Neil currently serves on the board of Acendre and previously served on the board of EaglePicher Technologies during his time at GTCR. Neil earned his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College where he graduated phi beta kappa with high-honors and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-willis-71a7199/

Acendre Executive Management


Meet the leaders that run the business

Mike Giuffrida

Mike Giuffrida

Co-Founder and CEO

Mike co-founded Acendre in 1997 and was appointed our CEO in 2002. Widely regarded as a Talent Acquisition and Talent Management thought leader, Mike was awarded the 2008 Victoria State Pearcey Award for his innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to IT research and development.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikegiuffrida

Liam Ackland

Managing Director —  APAC

Joining Acendre in 2003, Liam has more than 15 years human capital technology experience. Instrumental in Acendre’s success through leading the Australian sales team, Liam next spent almost seven years in Washington, DC, introducing Acendre’s software solutions to the US federal market. Liam is now based in Melbourne, working with private and public sector organizations to deliver innovative talent management solutions.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/liamackland

Scott Logan

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER — NORTH AMERICA

Scott joined Acendre in 2019 and has over 20 years of Federal industry experience. He leads Acendre’s sales,
professional services, client success and support. A former Vice President of Federal sales at Monster Government
Solutions, Scott delivers a wealth of Federal expertise and carries an impressive track record of achievement. He is a
graduate of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-logan-a4aaab1/

Sudeep Dharan

Chief Strategy and Technology Officer

Sudeep joined Acendre in 2015. He is responsible for all technology, SaaS operations and product management functions in the company. He is an exceptionally skilled executive; seasoned and tenured in the technology industry. Having worked in organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 companies to industry-disrupting start-ups with multiple exits, his wealth of experience will be invaluable for Acendre’s continued growth.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudeepdharan

Mac Mirchandani

Vice President, Global Product Management

Joining Acendre in 2019, Mac is a product management leader with 20 years of experience launching great software and information products, leading global product and go-to-market teams, and delivering results. He has significant experience in the strategy, build, launch and growth of SaaS and ML products enabling customers to make better use of information and drive to positive outcome.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/macmirch/

Ed Gipple

Senior Vice President, Learning

Ed joined Acendre in 2019 as part of the ICS Learning Group acquisition. Ed has over 30 years of experience in corporate communications and training with a focus on eLearning and learning management system development. Ed is passionate about working with customers to help them create state-of-the-art training programs that engage and motivate their workforce while providing automation, tracking, and reporting to help manage and drive performance across the enterprise. Ed has a background in mechanical and electrical engineering, instructional design, multimedia design and production, and project management.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/edgipple/

Leslie Stefanik

Vice President, Marketing

Joining Acendre in 2019, Leslie brings over 25 years of marketing experience in communications, branding and demand generation. She has a proven track record of results leading marketing organizations at PublicRelay, Optymyze and Deltek. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from Youngstown State University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesliestefanik/

Paul De Bono

Principal, Client Success Manager

Paul joined Acendre in 2015 and leads the company’s Client Success team in the APAC region, ensuring Acendre exceeds customer’s expectations in solving their workforce performance challenges. Paul brings strong commercial experience in team building, project management, client relationship management and business development. Prior to Acendre,  Paul held leadership positions with Aon, Automatic Data Processing and Spherion.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-de-bono

Mike Giuffrida

Executive Chairman, Board

Mike co-founded Acendre in 1997 and was appointed our CEO in 2002. Widely regarded as a Talent Acquisition and Talent Management thought leader, Mike was awarded the 2008 Victoria State Pearcey Award for his innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to IT research and development.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikegiuffrida

Wayne Fitzimmons

Non-Executive Director, Board

Wayne has been a non-executive member of the Acendre board since 2003. He is also the chairman of the Pearcey Foundation, which promotes the Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Australia, and sits on the board of four early-stage ICT companies. His latest software startup, Xperior, was launched in 2016. Wayne is also a board member of several Australian technology companies. Previously, Wayne has worked for several publicly-traded technology companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor, Data General and Banyan Systems.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/wayne-fitzsimmons

Pamela Little

Advisory Board Member

Pamela is a board member and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director at MTSI. She has 30 years of experience helping privately-held start up high technology firms to large publicly-traded multi-national professional services and government contracting firms improve operations, improve growth and maximize profits through operational and financial management, cost reductions, internal controls and productivity efficiency improvements. She has an extensive track record in developing strong results-oriented management teams, and significant experience serving on boards of both public and private companies.

Chris Tully

Advisory Board Member

Chris is founder and President of Lock & Coldspring LLC, a sales consulting firm focused on dramatically growing its customers’ top line revenue. As an outsourced Chief Sales Officer, Chris helps businesses achieve breakthrough sales growth, discipline, and accountability. Chris brings 25-plus years of leading sales and customer service organizations ranging in size from 10 people to over 400 people, with revenues from $5M to over $1B. He has held senior sales leadership positions with several private and public companies, including Xerox, Dell, GTSI, Costar, GeoEye, DigitalGlobe and Intelsat.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophertully/

Franco Antico

Senior Vice President, Architecture and Security

Franco joined Acendre in 2016 and is responsible for the architecture, R&D, DevOps and security of Acendre’s products and platforms. Franco also runs Acendre’s Corporate IT program Franco oversees global teams to ensure Acendre meets the platform and security requirements of Acendre’s cloud-based SaaS solutions, and the requirements of its customers. Prior to Acendre, Franco held leadership security and architecture positions in both product development and consulting organizations, most recently at Blackboard.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/franco-antico-21a2621/

Vasudha Mangalam

GLOBAL PEOPLE MANAGER, GENERAL MANAGER – INDIA

Vasudha joined Acendre in 2016 and has more than 20 years technology industry experience with a focus on strategic planning, human resources, mergers and acquisitions. She leads Acendre’s global human capital team to ensure a high-performance workforce, and is responsible for Acendre India operations. Prior to Acendre, Vasudha held senior leadership positions with Razorsight and Yahoo.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vasudha-mangalam

Vinaydath Shivaprasad

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Vinaydath joined Acendre in 2016 and is the global head of engineering. He is responsible for delivering the Acendre product and analytics solutions that drive growth, increase performance and ensure an outstanding end-user experience. Prior to Acendre, Vinaydath held leadership development and technical positions at Razorsight Software, July Systems, Keane, Caritor, Eximsoft International and Hutchinson International
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vinaydathshivaprasad/

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