It seems like just yesterday we were together at JiveWorld. It was the high point of my time at Jive to meet so many of you and engage in meaningful discussions about our collective journey to help the world work better together.

 

When we developed the communications plan for today’s leadership evolution announcement, you our Jive Community were at the top of our priority list. We announced that Tony Zingale is retiring as CEO of Jive and taking on a new role as Executive Chairman. We also announced that I am assuming the role of President at Jive, and am working together with Bill Lanfri, who has served on Jive’s board for over 6 years, in the newly formed Office of the CEO.

 

I want to share some context on these changes and answer questions you may have. After all, it is because of you and our hard-working Jivers that we enjoy a leadership position in a dynamic and growing market.

 

Although I joined Jive just under a year ago, I feel like I have worked for Jive for much longer! Many of you know that I was an early customer in 2007 and I was instantly hooked. Years later, I find myself at Jive with great passion and motivation to drive the business forward. I have worked very closely with Tony since I joined and he's been a great mentor and boss. Tony is an incredibly impactful leader whose competitiveness, vision and ability to connect with people have helped Jive become the market-changing company it is today. I am very pleased that I am continuing to work with him in his expanded role as Executive Chairman.

 

We are on a journey to help the world work better together, and you are an invaluable success factor in that mission. I am confident that the changes at Jive will help us accomplish – and hopefully exceed – our goals. You may be wondering how these changes will impact you. It is important for you to understand that Jive’s vision remains the same – to enable the world to do great work. We are going to continue delivering the same winning experiences as always, growing our ~1,000-strong customer base and 30M user base and moving forward with our intense focus on mutual success. We’ve just announced solid Q3 results and saw a record amount of new business coming from the cloud. Wall Street is expecting us to close $175M+ in revenue this year and we’ve already closed three-quarters of a billion dollars in business since we started Jive. We are on a trajectory and are driving hard to continue enabling the world to connect, communicate and collaborate.

 

I want to thank you again for your business and participation in the community. I so enjoy connecting with you in the various forums we have throughout the year – here in the Jive Community, in our user groups, at JiveWorld, at our Partner Summit and through our Champions and Executive Advisory Board sessions.

 

If you have comments or questions, please share them here in the community or contact me directly: elisa.steele@jivesoftware.com


Elisa