There are pivotal moments in every company's growth trajectory. And today is one of them for Jive.

 

I'm extremely excited to announce the appointment of four new members to our Board of Directors. Joining us are senior executives from Facebook, Google and McAfee. Together, they bring unparalled experience in defining new markets, creating breakthrough technology, and building game-changing companies in both the enterprise and consumer segments. Their combined experience and leadership will be invaluable in helping Jive extend our lead in the Social Business market and to accelerate our product and technology innovation for the benefit of our customers.

 

Dave DeWalt is the former CEO and current President of McAfee (now part of Intel). Dave has more than 20 years of experience building innovative, industry-leading technology companies, including CEO of McAfee and Documentum. Since joining McAfee in 2007, Dave guided the company through three consecutive years of growth, with a record $2.1 billion in revenue in 2010. Here is what he has to say about Jive:

 

"As a current Jive customer, it is clear that Social Business Software is the most important new enterprise application category in a decade. Jive's market leadership position, customer base and innovative product, is driving the new way to do business."

 

Joining our board from Facebook is Jonathan Heiliger, VP of Technical Operations. Jonathan oversees Facebook's global infrastructure and internal technology systems. Prior to Facebook, he was a technology advisor to several early-stage companies in connection with Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Jonathan also spent several years at Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP) as the Chief Operating Officer. Here is what he had to say about joining Jive:

 

"Jive is helping modernize how people engage with each other in the workplace to make work better. Jive, thanks to its strong team, is well positioned to take advantage of the large opportunity before the company.”

 

Sundar Pichai comes to Jive's board from Google, where he is VP of Product Management, overseeing the Google Chrome browser and OS as well as the Google Toolbar. Sundar brings more than 15 years of experience developing high-tech consumer and enterprise products. Here is his perspective on Jive and the opportunity for Social Business:


"Social Business is an attractive market opportunity and is in many ways driving innovation in enterprise software. Jive has great vision and insight in the Social Business space and I’m excited to join the team.”


The fourth new board member is Chuck Robel, former Chairman of the Board at McAfee and current Lead Independent Director at Informatica. Chuck began his career as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he managed numerous IPO’s including Yahoo, Documentum, Hyperion (formerly Arbor Software), Borland, CBS MarketWatch, JD Edwards and Redback Networks. Here is what he thinks of Jive and of the opportunity ahead of us:

 

"There has been limited innovation in enterprise platforms and applications in the last decade. Social is taking over the enterprise. Jive is bringing social into the enterprise the right way – securely, at scale, and providing real business value."

 

These four new executives will join Bill Lanfri, Private Investor; Bill Lynch, Jive Co-Founder; Jim Goetz, General Partner at Sequoia Capital; Ted Schlein, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins; and me, to form Jive's Board of Directors.

 

Jive has a rare opportunity to become one of the next great software companies. Today's announcement is fundamental to our mission to help change the way work gets done in the enterprise. We strive to make customers more productive, more collaborative, and more connected on the back of Social Business. We are constantly pushing ourselves to be a better partner for our customers. We can't do it without you -- and we thank you again for sharing our vision for making work social and for making work great!

 

Tony Z