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John C. Mecke

Biography

John is a 25 year veteran of the enterprise software market place with significant experience as an officer of public technology companies, startups, and private equity backed firms.  In his career he has held both functional and executive positions in marketing, product management, sales, research & development, customer service, production operations, business development, and corporate development.

John C. Mecke

5312 Ashley Trace, Atlanta, GA

404.840.6685

 john.mecke@developmentcorporate.com 

 

ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE

Product Management / Global 2000 Marketing / Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures/ Strategic Business Planning / Enterprise Software Sales / Strategic Alliances/ Domestic & International Channel Development / Product Development / Strategic Consulting / Startups / Turnarounds / Re-invigorating Mature Businesses

 

25 year enterprise software veteran with functional and executive experience in general management, product management, marketing, corporate development, business development, sales, product development, and professional services. Significant international experience. Primary expertise in execution and subsequent growth of highly accretive mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in the enterprise software market.

Led four major acquisitions with a total value of $175M.  Conducted eight divestitures which generated $24.5M in cash.  Played a critical role in producing a $115M dividend for investors, a 2.8x return on the investment in less than three years.

Professional Experience

DevelopmentCorporate Atlanta, GA 2008 – Present
Managing Director
Corporate Development Advisory Firm for Enterprise & Mid-Market Technology Companies.

Assist enterprise and mid-market technology companies in the evolution of their corporate development strategies, acquisition candidate sourcing,engagement, and development. Typical engagements include conducting technical and operational due diligence for private equity firms, developing business models and guiding the launch of startups, and assisting late stage technology companies in the development of new growth strategies and products..

John’s Creek Liquors, LLC.  2012-Present

Launched and continue to operate an upscale neighborhood liquor store with my wife.

Stonebranch, Inc., Atlanta GA
Privately held global provider of data center automation solutions

Chief Operating Officer, 2010-2011

Promoted to COO after leading a successful restructuring of the company due to a liquidity crisis.  Responsible for Marketing, Sales, Development, and Customer Support.  Led the acquisition and integration of a new product that positioned the company to expand and grow.

Director, Product Management 2010

Responsible for leading a team of product owners that oversees the company’s three major solution offerings in an Agile development process. Lead business development efforts with strategic partners. Responsible for leading new strategic planning process to reposition the company for greater growth and success.

EasyLink Services International Corporation Atlanta, GA 2007 – 2008

$90M publicly traded B2B technology services focused on providing on demand messaging and supply chain services to Global 2000. Combination of the former Internet Commerce Corporation and EasyLink Services

Executive Vice President, Global Product Management & EDI Managed Services

Responsible for leading a global team of service line executives and the corporate project management office for a $90M+public company focused on the on demand messaging and SaaS supply chain services. Responsible for establishing strategic direction and roadmap for the newly integrated company (Internet Commerce Corporation and EasyLink Services).

Completed two strategic divestitures within 90 days to re-focus company on core market opportunities. Divestitures generated almost $6 million in cash. Led significant cross organizational effort to assess and remediate all products, services, and production operations, resulting in 70% reduction in production outages which were threatening strategic customers and core revenue streams.

Secured a strategic repositioning of the company in the Gartner Group’s Magic Quadrant for Integration Services. Provided support for various buy and sell-side corporate development activities.

Also served as General Manager of EasyLink’s EDI Managed Services operations. Reorganized EDI Service Bureau to create a highly effective and profitable operation. Arrested revenue decline and produced almost a 20% year over year revenue increase.

Chair, Marketing Advisory Task Group at Accredited Standards Committee X12

Recruited to serve as chairman of the Accredited Standards Committee X12 Marketing Advisory Task Group. ASC X12 is the leading EDI and B2B integration standards group. Its vision is to be an innovative leader in the development of cross industry e-commerce standards that improve global business process interoperability and facilitate business information exchange. Responsible for setting overall marketing strategy, leading the Marketing Advisory Task Group subcommittee, and executing marketing programs to increase the industry’s awareness and value of X12.

DevelopmentCorporate Atlanta, GA 2007

Corporate Development Advisory Firm for Enterprise & Mid-Market Technology Companies. Assist enterprise and mid-market technology companies in the evolution of their corporate development strategies, acquisition candidate sourcing, engagement, and development. Assist in the structuring and execution of diligence activities, acquisition integration, and rollouts. Retained by Internet Commerce Corporation to structure and support due diligence and acquisition integration activities for their acquisition of EasyLink Services.

Inovis, Inc., Atlanta, GA 2003 -2007

$150M provider of EDI and B2B network and software solutions owned by Golden Gate Capital and Cerberus Capital Management. Combination of former Harbinger Inc., Extricity, IPNet Solutions and QRS  businesses. Played a critical role in generating over $115 million return for investors – a 2.8x return on investment in less than three years.

Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development

Senior executive responsible for the development and execution of Inovis’ M&A strategy.

Responsible for development of Inovis corporate development strategy. Sourced and evaluated over 125 M&A opportunities. Led substantive engagement with 25 opportunities. Conducted 20+ diligence investigations. Supported multiple sell-side initiatives. Developed network of 200+ investment banking and corporate development specialists to accelerate deal flow. Responsible for developing / delivering acquisition briefing packages for board of directors, lenders, and outside advisors.

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Managed Electronic Commerce

General Manager of $6M / 65 person EDI service bureau based in New York City that was acquired by Inovis via it’s acquisition of QRS Corporation. Chartered with executing turnaround of business and eventual disposition through strategic sale or relocation. In first 30 days restructured business to cash flow break even. Improved EBITDA margins 25% from -9% to 16% in two months. Divested the business to a strategic partner for over $6M in consideration.

Senior Vice President, Client Services

Senior executive responsible for all customer support and professional services activities. Responsible for four business units (software product support, EDI VAN network support, outsourced EDI support, and professional services).Responsible for 100+ employees in five locations, $8.8M expense budget, $32M in maintenance revenue, and over $20Min EBITDA contribution. Responsible for leadership and execution of 2004 Inovis VAN “SOHO” program that moved 1,500 network customers onto prepaid annual subscriptions. Generated $2.9M in cash in first 40 days of 2004, reduced F&A billing and collection workload by 90%. In 2004 materially exceeded gross margin contribution targets through above-plan maintenance retention rates, and under-ran operating expenses by 25%.

Vice President, Product Management

Recruited to rebuild product management and product marketing organization. Upon arrival led effort to redevelop company’s entire strategic and operational plans. Played a major role in restructuring of company in summer 2003 that grew EBITDA margins from 8% to 35%. Responsible for three major lines of business software products (10 products covering EDI mapping and transformation, B2B integration, & AS2 communications), EDI Value-Added Network (3rd  largest EDI VAN in marketplace), and outsourced EDI services

Saba Software, San Francisco, CA 2002
$60M publicly traded enterprise software firm focused on providing human capital development and management solutions to Global 2000

Vice President, Business Development

Senior executive responsible for all M&A activity for $60M publicly traded enterprise software firm. Established M&A infrastructure (policies, procedures, tools, etc.), developed overall acquisition strategy, evaluated and prosecuted six acquisition opportunities. Developed overall strategic alliance strategy, provided support for annual and quarterly business planning processes.

Vice President, Marketing

Recruited by new CEO to restructure and turn around marketing organization. Managed staff of 26 and budget of $6M.Responsible for product management, product marketing, corporate communications, analyst relations, and competitive intelligence.  Moved product management from development into marketing.

Lumenor, Inc., Atlanta, GA 2000-2001

Chief Marketing Officer
Pre-revenue SaaS startup providing billing and customer care solutions for the deregulating energy industry that failed to obtain sufficient funding to continue operations.

Senior executive responsible for all marketing and business development activities for SaaS start up providing billing and customer care solutions for the deregulating electric, water, and gas utility marketplace.

ObjectSpace, Inc., Dallas, Texas 2000

Vice President, Business Development

Former provider of B2B infrastructure software that failed to acquire funding required to continue operations

Responsible for business strategies, strategic alliances, and M&A activity for $40M B2B infrastructure software provider. Led major strategic planning effort to redefine target markets , strategic plans and operating tactics. Created new repeatable, scalable direct selling model. Negotiated and implemented three new strategic alliances in first 90 days.

Computer Associates International, Dallas, Texas

2000 Vice President, Marketing

$6B Independent Software Vendor

After CA’s acquisition of Sterling Software, served as Vice President, Marketing for the majority of Computer Associates application development tools product lines. Major achievements included retaining 25 out of 26 marketing staff members through the acquisition. Managed the movement of Sterling Software’s planned annual customer conference from Dallas to New Orleans so that it could be held 8 weeks earlier than planned and in conjunction with CA‟s annual customer conference CA World. Managed the integration of Sterling Software’s application development tools product lines into the overall CA product portfolio.

Sterling Software, Inc., Dallas, Texas 1994-2000

A $1B provider of application development, systems management, and business intelligence software products. Acquired by CA in April 2000

Group Vice President, Application Development Group, Dallas, Texas 1997-2000

Reporting to Group President, responsible for business strategies, mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, and tactical operational planning for $300 million Group at Sterling Software that managed 4 operating divisions on a worldwide basis. Led planning, due diligence, business integration, and rollout of two acquisitions: Synon Corporation ($80M) and Cayenne Software ($40M). Led evaluation of 15 acquisition candidates though legal and financial due diligence. Led 5 divestitures in 2 year time frame.

Vice President, Worldwide Marketing (acting), Dallas, Texas 1999-2000

In addition to Group Business Development responsibilities, served as acting VP, Worldwide Marketing for Group’s largest operating division. Designed strategic shift of Sterling’s AD tools business to eBusiness. Designed and implemented reorganization of department into four product line management organizations that had worldwide responsibility for marketing, product development, business development and sales strategies and tactics. Designed and implemented product line financial management function under which product line managers assumed worldwide responsibility for revenue and expense goals. Implemented integrated marketing and sales campaigns designed to directly drive repeatable sales activities for each product line.

Senior Director, Product Management, Dallas, Texas 1997

Product Line director for COOL:Gen, the industry leading enterprise application development solution. Product line generates over $200M on a worldwide basis each year. Redeveloped product strategy, roadmap, and release plan after Sterling’s acquisition of Texas Instruments Software. Achieved record quarterly product revenue results ($65M Q497). Also played key role in the business integration planning for Sterling Software’s acquisition of Texas Instruments Software. Responsible for designing and implementing new product management function and launch of new integrated product strategy.

Director, Business & Market Development, Atlanta, Georgia 1997

Established long term product strategy for Sterling Software’s Application Development tools business which guided business from 1997 through 2000. Worked with industry analysts to establish and reinforce product positioning. Established and managed strategic technology, consulting, and reseller agreements. Developed and closed two strategic technology alliances and one sales alliance. Actively supported domestic and international sales activities. Served as evangelist‟ for AD tools business.

Director, Labs, Atlanta Georgia 1995-1997

Development team leader for Sterling’s business modeling and database design products (COOL:Biz). Managed team of 15 developers for 3 major releases and 2 minor releases. Responsible for product requirements, release planning, product specifications, product development, quality assurance, technical writing, competitive analysis/intelligence and field rollout. Served as primary interface between development and marketing/sales organizations. Also provided technical due diligence support for merger/acquisition activities.

Director, Sales Operations, Atlanta, Georgia 1994-1995

Director of sales operations for division’s domestic sales force. Responsible for forecast management, deal status, strategic sales support, account manager and sales management training. Oversaw 40 account managers, 8 sales managers, 25 pre/post sales support personnel. Implemented product line revenue forecasting approach that helped to identify repeatable sales transactions. Resulted in significantly improved account manager productivity, especially newly hired account managers.

KnowledgeWare, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia 1992-1994

A $125M provider of application development solutions. Acquired by Sterling Software 12/1994

Director, International Sales, The Netherlands 1994

Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, led a multi-discipline strategic account team selling to key accounts in Northern Europe. Implemented comprehensive strategic solution sales approach. Successful in having large customers standardize on KnowledgeWare’s entire AD tools portfolio. In one account, successfully reversed decision to displace Sterling products with a competitor’s product portfolio. Went on to sell over $5M in new product to same customer over 5 year period in addition to generating over $3M in maintenance revenues.

Executive Director, Professional Services, Atlanta GA & Detroit, MI 1992-1994

Full P&L responsibility for development, sales and delivery of application development-centric professional services, managing a staff of 5 consulting managers and over 80 consultants in 5 locations. Extended business model from time nd materials services to fixed price, high value consulting engagements. Grew revenues from $12M to $17M in 18 months.

Computer & Engineering Consultants, Ltd, Detroit, Michigan 1985-1992

Manager, Strategic Planning/BPR Practice

$4M Boutique Consultancy. Acquired by KnowledgeWare, Inc. 11/1992

Responsible for Information Strategy and Business Process Re-engineering practice for nationally recognized consulting firm. Responsible for marketing, sales, service development, and project execution. Pioneered use of fixed price accelerated strategic planning process that reduced the time, resources, and expense of IT strategy and BPR projects from 6 months to less than 6 weeks. Conducted over 50 strategic planning projects for Fortune 1000 clients in the automotive, energy, financial services, manufacturing, and process manufacturing markets.

MIS International, Inc.

Business Analyst 1983-1985

Served as a contract business analyst.  Major assignments included the rollout of a 1,500 seat office automation solution for General Motors Fisher Body Division.  Also supported a major business process re-engineering project for Ford Motor Company’s Finance & Staff Systems.

Education

Attended Dartmouth College, 1979-1982

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