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Executive Leadership Team

Mark J. Barrenechea

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark J. Barrenechea

Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board.

As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mr. Barrenechea oversees the strategic direction of the organization and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, the company has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $1.85 billion technology company. His unwavering commitment to innovation and results, combined with a dedication to customers’ needs, led him to successfully realign the company’s products, transforming OpenText into an Enterprise Information Management leader.

A prominent thought leader, Mr. Barrenechea has capitalized on his extensive experience in information technology to formulate his vision to enable the digital world to help organizations simplify, transform, and accelerate their business for success. This concept forms the foundation for his most recent book, Digital: Disrupt or Die.

Before joining OpenText, Mr. Barrenechea was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI), where he also served as a member of the Board. A pioneer of Technical Computing, Mr. Barrenechea defined and distinguished the new market from Business Computing and established SGI as one of its leaders. During his time at SGI, he led the company’s strategy and execution. His role included transformative acquisition of assets as well as penetrating diverse new markets and geographic regions.

Prior to SGI, Mr. Barrenechea served as Executive Vice President and CTO for CA, Inc. (CA), (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.) and, as a member of the executive management team. Mr. Barrenechea was also Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation, responsible for managing a multi-thousand member global team. Additionally, Mr. Barrenechea was a member of the executive management team.

He has also served in a number of other positions including, Vice President of Development at Scopus, a software applications company, and Vice President of Development at Tesseract, where he was responsible for reshaping the company’s line of CRM and human capital management software.

Mr. Barrenechea has received many accolades over the years. In 2011, the San Francisco Business Times named him the 2011 Best Large Company CEO.  Most recently, he was named the 2015 Results-Oriented CEO of the year by the CEO World Awards. The prestigious award recognizes Mr. Barrenechea’s leadership and innovation in attaining results for the company and its customers.

In addition, Mr. Barrenechea has authored several books including Digital: Disrupt or Die, eGovernment or Out of Government, Enterprise Information Management: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software, Software Rules and e-Business or out of Business.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Saint Michael’s College. Mr. Barrenechea currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

For more industry thoughts from Mr. Barrenechea, you can subscribe to his blog, follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Gordon A. Davies

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Gordon A. Davies

Gordon Davies became OpenText’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, also serving as the Corporation’s Compliance Officer in September 2009.

Prior to joining OpenText, Gordon was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Nortel Networks Corporation. During his sixteen years at Nortel, he held key roles including Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, interim Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

As General Counsel— Corporate, he led the Corporate Securities legal team and provided legal support on all corporate and securities law matters. Additionally, he spent five years as General Counsel, EMEA, supporting all aspects of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business.

Gordon holds an LL.B and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA from the University of British Columbia.

Gordon has previously served on the boards of various subsidiaries of Nortel Networks Corporation. Currently, he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Canadian General Counsel and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

John Doolittle

Chief Financial Officer

John Doolittle

John Doolittle became OpenText’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2014.

As a finance professional with international experience and exposure to a broad range of financial disciplines, John is a chartered accountant with expertise in taxation, financial planning and analysis, treasury, and mergers and acquisitions.

With more than 20 years of financial experience, John was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Mattamy Homes, a widely recognized leader in building master planned communities.

Prior to joining Mattamy, John held senior financial roles with Nortel Networks, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Additionally, he has served as the Vice-President of Finance for the Bank of Montreal’s Global Treasury Group.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant (1988).

Adam Howatson

Chief Marketing Officer

Adam joined OpenText in October of 2000. Over the past 14 years, Adam has served in Product Management, Marketing, Engineering, Information Technology, Office of The President/PMO, Partner Development, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has developed an extensive awareness of OpenText and its customers, people, culture, products, and markets.

Throughout his career, Adam has had the opportunity to work with numerous academic institutions, including the University of Waterloo for its Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program, and as a speaker or lecturer on ICT topics at Western, Ryerson, Waterloo and a number of other Universities. Adam has also previously served on the national board of directors for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

Working with and learning from the smartest, most passionate and curious people in the industry over the past 14 years, Adam has contributed to the successful growth of OpenText by bringing to market numerous innovative products in the Enterprise Software space, including server, desktop, mobility and developer platform services.

David Jamieson

Chief Information Officer

David Jamieson

David Jamieson joined OpenText as the Chief Information Officer in November 2014. He brings over 25 years of experience in leading Information Technology organizations through the ever-changing technology landscape. David will lead the OpenText IT organization that powers the world’s leading Business Network.

Prior to joining OpenText, David worked at Barrick Gold Corporation, the gold industry leader and one of Canada’s most admired companies, where he served as Director of Information Technology for four years before being appointed as the Vice President of Information Management and Technology in 2005.

At Barrick, David effectively used the company’s information assets to drive business value for the global operations of its application and technology infrastructures. He was the company’s first ever IT leader and was responsible for building a high performance organization from the ground up.

As a seasoned IT professional, David has held senior positions with companies, such as Universal Studios Canada, EDS/SHL Systemhouse, and Canadian Pacific Railway, David brings with him acute industry knowledge and strong business acumen. His dedication in every role was evident through his successful management of large teams and significant impact on overall company operations.

David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and received his Professional Engineer designation in 1990.

Muhi Majzoub

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Muhi Majzoub

Muhi S. Majzoub joined OpenText as Senior Vice President of Engineering in June 2012 reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Barrenechea. Muhi is responsible for defining the vision and strategy for OpenText Products, leading the development organization and transitioning OpenText to the cloud.

Prior to OpenText, Muhi was Chief of Products for NorthgateArinso, where he was responsible for defining the company's product vision, strategy and the development life cycle. He focused on consolidating the late software portfolio and developing new product capabilities for both cloud and on-premise solutions.

Muhi has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Product Development for CA, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of the common technology platform and components and integration strategy.

Prior to CA, Muhi was Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation. During his tenure at Oracle, he was responsible for the delivery of the Sales Automation Suite, including Sales Online TeleSales, Sales Compensation, Sales Intelligence and many other Internet technology projects, such as Oracle Store, Oracle.com and the MetaLink TAR system.

Muhi attended San Francisco State University.

For more on Muhi’s thoughts and industry expertise, you can follow him on Twitter.

James McGourlay

Senior Vice President, Global Technical Services

James McGourlay

James McGourlay joined OpenText in 1997 and has held many key positions in IT, technical support, product support and special projects. In May 2015, James was appointed as Senior Vice President of Global Technical Services at OpenText. He is responsible for leading OpenText’s Technical Support, Renewals, Customer Onboarding and Professional Services, managing all post sale services, customer life-time value, and accelerating customers’ time to value.

Throughout the last 18 years, James has been the catalyst for tremendous growth in the OpenText Customer Services team for the Americas. He has sponsored programs such as the Knowledge Center, Partner Support Program, quality audits and enhanced Customer Support programs. He and his team are also spearheading the movement towards integrations management, social engagement support for customers and continued improvements to the customer experience.

James was instrumental in the company’s early acquisitions and the OpenText Enterprise Deployment Board, which he chaired until 2010.

Gary Weiss

Senior Vice President, Cloud Services

Gary Weiss

Gary Weiss, Senior Vice President, Cloud Services is responsible for guiding cloud strategy, operating guidance, go-to-market and governance within OpenText. Gary joined OpenText in 2012 as the SVP of the Information Exchange business unit, the catalyst of OpenText’s Cloud business. In this capacity, Gary was responsible for the P&L, strategy, sales, marketing, and product development.

During his tenure, OpenText acquired GXS leading to the creation of the world’s largest trading grid, a key part of the OpenText Cloud. Gary brings world-class experience that spans multiple disciplines, including enterprise sales, partnerships, strategic alliances, marketing, product management, and development.

Prior to joining OpenText, Gary served as SVP, Business Development and Alliances and was a member of the Senior Leadership team at CA until June 2011. During his tenure at CA, he developed the company's partnership strategy and had oversight of high-value, strategic partnerships. He also provided leadership for market development initiatives, including formulating and executing on portfolio product strategies and, in an earlier role, he assumed revenue responsibility for the newly created Security Business Unit.

Gary has also worked as an independent consultant to small- to mid-size security organizations for many years, using his sales executive and program innovation experience to earn a reputation for being a trusted advisor and thought leader.

Gary began his career in Information Technology in 1993 as one of the first sales executives at Security Dynamics (later renamed RSA Security) before joining e-Security in 2001 to lead the North American Sales, Channel, and Technology Services. Gary holds a B.A. from Tulane University.

Lisa Zangari

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lisa Zangari

Lisa Zangari joined OpenText in October 2014 as Chief Human Resources Officer and is accountable for shaping and driving OpenText's culture and talent management strategies.

Prior to OpenText, Lisa held the role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources, reporting to the President & CEO of IAMGOLD Corporation—a top tier Canadian-based mining company.  During her five year tenure with IAMGOLD, and as a member of the Executive Committee, Lisa led the executive development process, established a global talent strategy, promoted a framework for cultural change, and developed an ongoing relationship with the HR Committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to IAMGOLD, Lisa held a variety of executive roles in strategic human resources with emerging growth companies in the gold sector, including Kinross Gold Corporation and the former Placer Dome Group. 

During her career, Lisa has successfully developed and led strategic talent planning processes, facilitated organizational development and cultural change—including change management and integration strategies—designed and delivered performance management, compensation, succession and leadership development programs, and managed international service and internal communications. Lisa's passion is the application of best-in-class talent practices to allow the organization to reach its full potential. Lisa recently received the distinction of Canada's CSTD's Learning Leader for her work in leadership development.

Lisa brings to OpenText over 20 years of strategic leadership and talent management experience with leading international emerging growth organizations. Lisa has lived in the United States and Canada and has worked internationally her entire career. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management.

Senior Sales Leadership

Simon “Ted” Harrison

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales

Ted Harrison

Simon “Ted” Harrison is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales at OpenText, and is responsible for leading OpenText’s Enterprise business unit. Ted previously served as the Senior Vice President of Fast Growth Markets for OpenText, growing the business in high potential regions including LATAM, Eastern Europe, Japan, Africa, China, Middle East and India.

Coming to OpenText through its IXOS acquisition, Ted has held a number of senior sales leadership roles throughout his 15 years with the company. Ted served as the Head of Global Services for Northern Europe before becoming Senior Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region.

Ted has successfully worked throughout his 25 year career to match business imperatives with innovative technology solutions. Beginning his career as a technical consultant, Ted then bridged the gap between technical and business to serve as a Senior Business Consultant on projects such as the European roll-out for General Motors. He has also worked in the mobile solutions field for Psion Teklogix, specializing in Supply Chain Optimization.

Ted holds an honors degree in Computer Science from Leeds University.

George Schulze

Senior Vice President, Information Exchange Sales

George Schulze

George Schulze is Senior Vice President of Information Exchange (iX) Sales for OpenText, and is responsible for leading the business unit, as well as the company’s core Cloud services. One of the most experienced executives in the Cloud business, George came to OpenText through its January 2014 acquisition of GXS.

George joined GXS in 2005 as Vice President of Sales for the Americas region. In this capacity, he deployed a new sales strategy and realigned the sales organization resulting in record growth in the Americas.

During George’s 30-year career in Information Technology serving Fortune 500 companies, he has performed a wide variety of roles including Vice President and Managing Director of Sales at BearingPoint and Managing Director of KPMG. He has also previously served as General Manager of the Americas for 724 Solutions, Vice President of Global Sales for SCC Communications and held various sales management positions at Tandem Computers, Digital Equipment and Wang laboratories

George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.