Paul Pluschkell is CEO and Founder of Spigit, an enterprise social software provider. Best described as a creator, a strategist and an athlete – both in sports and in business, Paul’s drive and creative spirit have resulted in his track record of establishing and transforming private- and public-sector companies. His success as an entrepreneur began in 1997 when he merged his first company MXNet and took it public. In between starting new companies Paul has served as CTO of Reuters and was President of Broadband for a global telecommunications provider. Paul has 4 children and has managed back to back National Championship Baseball Teams.
Jim is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Spigit bringing 30 years of experience with mostly venture-backed companies where he has served in various roles including CFO, COO and CEO. In his current role Jim is responsible for Finance, Sales Operations, Human Resources, and Spigit’s customer-facing business and delivery.
Prior to joining Spigit Jim successfully managed three companies through the early stages of growth, each resulting in an initial public offering and ultimately in the sale of each company to larger firms. Most recently, Jim served as a senior executive at Alara, Inc. as both Chairman of the Board, from 1995 to 2004, and as President and CEO, from 2004 to 2011. Prior to Alara Jim was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of AlphaSmart, Inc. Earlier in his career, Jim served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Global Village Communication, Chief Operating Officer for Fujitsu Computer Products, and Vice President of Finance for its parent company, Fujitsu America.
Jim received a BA degree in Mathematics from San Jose State University and an MBA degree from Santa Clara University.
Shail Khiyara is the CMO and Chief Customer Officer at Spigit and brings 15+ years of executive and marketing experience with a track record of proven success, leading marketing teams at some of the most recognized brands in Silicon Valley. Shail has worldwide marketing responsibilities including increasing revenue and brand awareness of Spigit. He comes to Spigit from Taleo where he was the SVP and CMO and drove significant successes leading up to the acquisition of Taleo by Oracle. During his tenure the company grew successfully, established a robust pipeline and drove significant new customer acquisition and revenue growth. Prior to Taleo, he was the SVP and General Manager for EVault, the Cloud services business of Seagate Technologies where he drove significant revenue growth through innovative product positioning, branding and channel marketing.
Previously Shail created and implemented the European go-to-market strategy for Verisign and led the sales and marketing efforts to position the Verisign brand in multiple geographies, drove revenue and significant customer acquisition of F1000 companies. Shail holds an MBA from Yale University, completed the Strategic Leadership Program from Harvard Business School and has an MS in Engineering. An avid soccer player, he is actively involved in civic activity and serves on Boards of multiple non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.
Jim Heilig is the Executive Vice President of Sales for Spigit, bringing 15+ years of sales, general management and business development experience to the team. Inside both publicly traded and privately held organizations, Jim has built and managed businesses taking advantage of the flexibility of software to deliver on enterprise requirements. Jim’s proven solution sales background, combined with his financial market experience, puts him in a unique position to leverage the breadth of the Spigit team and technology, while continuing to drive Spigit’s market leading growth. Jim holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
James Gardner is Chief Technology Officer at Spigit, having twice been a Spigit customer when he was CTO at the UK’s largest public sector organization, and prior to that, when he was Head of Innovation and Investment at the UK’s largest bank. As a thought leader and innovation practitioner, James has led innovation teams and programs in multiple industries, continents, and cultural settings. In 2009, his team was awarded the prestigious UK Financial Services Innovation Award twice for work with crowd based innovation, and in 2010, he was nominated the most social-media connected financial services executive in Britain. James is the author or three top-selling innovation books, including his 2012 release “Sidestep and Twist”: a controversial reimagining of the way innovation efforts should be constructed to create value. His prior books, Innovation and the Future Proof Bank (2009) and Little Innovation Book (2010) have been sold in more than 40 countries. James blogs regularly at Innovatorinside.com and Spigit.com. Following a Masters degree in Information Science, he was awarded his Doctorate in Innovation Management in Australia, and moved to London a decade later. He presently splits his time between Spigit’s corporate head office in Pleasanton, and visiting and advising clients around the world.
As Chief Scientist at Spigit, Lisa is responsible for setting the strategic product roadmap for capabilities and next dimensions of Spigit to ensure that customer needs are addressed, new opportunity spaces are captured, and Spigit maintains and augments its technology leadership position. Lisa’s previous roles in Product Development and R&D at Xerox, IBM, and The Jackson Laboratory provide her with a rich background in intelligent reasoning and analytics, information modeling, personalized and collaborative information workflows, strategic planning, customer-led innovation, and innovation management. She holds 11 issued US patents, has authored 12+ technical publications, and has her PhD from The University of Connecticut, MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and BS from Clarkson University.