Birst Appoints Former Jive Exec Jay Larson as New CEO
Larson has logged more than 25 years in the software industry and has spent a full decade in bringing SaaS applications to market.Cloud-service business intelligence provider Birst revealed April 22 that it has appointed former Jive Software and SuccessFactors executive Jay Larson as its new chief executive officer. The San Francisco-based software-as-a-service provider's co-founder and current CEO, Brad Peters, is transitioning to the new roles of board chairman and chief product officer as Larson takes controls of day-to-day operations. This is Larson's first CEO job. He has logged more than 25 years in the software industry and has spent a full decade in bringing SaaS applications to market, which are precisely the attributes for which Birst was looking. Larson most recently served as president of Worldwide Field Operations at Jive Software, following his role as vice president of Worldwide Field Operations for SuccessFactors. During his tenure at SuccessFactors, revenue more than tripled from about $100 million to $350 million, leading up to its acquisition by SAP for $3.4 billion in December 2011.
"I was a customer of Birst. That's how I became familiar with the company," Larson told eWEEK. "This is very much a partnership between Brad and myself. Brad is going to continue to drive all things product and will continue to be heavily involved in everything strategic. We think the combination of one plus one equals four."