Executive Leadership Team

Mark J. Barrenechea

President and Chief Executive Officer

In January 2012, Mark J. Barrenechea became President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenText Corporation.

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 $1.4 billion technology company. His unwavering commitment to innovation, 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 2020 Agenda vision that will help organizations prepare for the digital transformation that will be taking place by the year 2020. This concept forms the foundation for his upcoming book, 2020: Are you ready!  

Before joining OpenText, Mr. Barrenechea was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI). 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 human capital management software.

In addition, Mr. Barrenechea has authored several books including eBusiness or out of Business, eGovernment or out of Government, Software Rules and EIM: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint Michael’s College.

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Gordon A. Davies

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Davies has been the Company’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since September 2009. He also serves as the Corporation’s Compliance Officer. Prior to joining OpenText, Mr. Davies was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Nortel Networks Corporation. During his sixteen years at Nortel, Mr. Davies acted as Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary during 2008, and as interim Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in 2005 and again in 2007. He led the Corporate Securities legal team as General Counsel— Corporate from 2003, with responsibility for providing legal support on all corporate and securities law matters, and spent five years in Europe supporting all aspects of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business, ultimately as General Counsel, EMEA. Mr. Davies was a member of the boards of various subsidiaries of Nortel Networks Corporation from 1998 to 2009. Prior to joining Nortel, Mr. Davies practiced securities law at a major Toronto law firm. Mr. Davies holds an LL.B and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA from the University of British Columbia. 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.

Patrick A. Harper

Chief Information Officer

Patrick A. Harper, has been the Chief Information Officer at OpenText since April 2013. Mr. Harper brings a wealth of experience in leading various Information Technology organizations through the changing technology landscape over the last 30 years. Mr. Harper came to OpenText from the Easylink acquisition where he served as the Senior Vice President of the IT organization. Prior to joining OpenText, Mr. Harper served as the General Manager of the Xpedite Business Unit within Premiere Global Services, Inc. since 2009. In his position at Premiere Global Services, Mr. Harper was responsible for all IT development and infrastructure as well as Product Management, Customer Support and North American Sales.  

Mr. Harper also served as the VP of Information Technology at ACS, where he led the implementation of several state healthcare automation systems. While at ACS, Mr. Harper was responsible for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the EZPass toll collection and photo enforcement system used on most tolled roads, bridges and tunnels in Northeastern U.S.

Mr. Harper also served as the VP of Global Technology at Ceridian Corporation, where he was responsible for the implementation of the world’s first web-based payroll and benefits management system.

Mr. Harper is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences and certificate in Information Technology Management.

Jonathan Hunter

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

Jonathan “Jon” Hunter joined OpenText in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations to lead the company’s global sales, service, and channel expansion in the Enterprise Information Management market.

Mr. Hunter has nearly 20 years of experience in helping build operations and guide world-class teams with a focus on exceeding goals while mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Most recently, Mr. Hunter was Senior Vice President and General Manager for North America at CA Technologies. In that role, he oversaw more than 1,300 professionals across sales, marketing, and services organizations in the company’s largest, multi-billion dollar division. He is credited with transforming the sales model at CA, which reignited growth in new markets and accelerated license revenue in managed services and the cloud through innovative programs for sales enablement and solution selling with an emphasis on business outcomes rather than technology. Prior to that, Mr. Hunter held a number of progressively senior roles at CA in client services, marketing, and sales.

Mr. Hunter currently serves on the board of the Celebrity Fight Night organization, which, through its 20-year history, has raised more than $80 million in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charitable organizations. He holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and currently lives with his wife and four children in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Steve Keifer

Chief Marketing Officer

Steve Keifer joined OpenText in 2014 as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with oversight of all strategic and operational aspects of marketing for the company on a global basis.

Previously, Mr. Keifer was the Vice President of Global Marketing for GXS. In this role, Mr. Keifer oversaw the marketing programs GXS conducts in Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan, North and South America. His responsibilities included product marketing, corporate branding, lead generation, web and social media strategies. In addition, he led the strategy and marketing for GXS’s vertical industry programs in the consumer products, automotive, high tech and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining GXS, Mr. Keifer was the AVP of Business Development and the Director of Product Management for a leading web-hosting firm, Digex. He started his career as a consultant in the Communications and High Tech division of Accenture. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Virginia.

You can follow Steve on Twitter @HerdingGeese

Muhi Majzoub

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Muhi Majzoub is Senior Vice President, Engineering for OpenText. A seasoned Technology Executive and leader, Muhi is responsible for managing product development cycles, global development organization, and driving internal operations and development processes. Prior to OpenText, Mr. Majzoub was Chief of Products for NorthgateArinso, with responsibilities including defining the company's product vision and strategy, development, quality assurance, technical writing and releases. He focused on consolidating the late software portfolio and developing new product capabilities for both Cloud and on-premise solutions. Before this, Muhi held the position of Senior Vice President of Product Development for CA, Inc., responsible for the development of common components for all CA technologies, and the delivery of CA’s product integration strategy. Mr. Majzoub also held the position of Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the delivery of the Sales Automation Suite, including Sales Online and Business Intelligence Systems. Mr. Majzoub attended San Francisco State University.

Paul McFeeters

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. McFeeters was appointed Chief Financial Officer of OpenText in June 2006 and was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in February 2012. Mr. McFeeters has more than twenty years of business experience, including previous employment as Chief Financial Officer of Platform Computing Inc., a grid computing software vendor from 2003 to 2006, and of Kintana Inc., a privately-held IT governance software provider, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. McFeeters also held President and CEO positions at both MD Private Trust from 1997 to 2000 and Municipal Financial Corporation from 1991 to 1996. Since 2009 Mr. McFeeters is also a member of the board of Blueprint Software Systems Inc., an enterprise “requirements” software solutions provider. Mr. McFeeters holds a Certified Management Accountant designation and attained a B.B.A (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from York University, Canada.

James McGourlay

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service

Mr. McGourlay was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service in February 2012, to lead the global support organization. Mr. McGourlay joined OpenText in 1997 with progressive positions in IT, technical support, product support and special projects, before becoming Director, Customer Service in 2002 and Vice President, Customer Service in 2005. He was instrumental in early acquisitions, and the OpenText Enterprise Deployment Board, which he chaired until 2010. Over the last 20 years, Mr. McGourlay has directed tremendous growth in the OpenText Customer Services team for the Americas, sponsored programs such as the Knowledge Center, Partner Support Program, quality audits and enhanced Customer Support programs. Today, he and his team are moving forward with integrations management, social engagement & support for customers and continued improvements to the customer experience.

Manuel N. Sousa

Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources

Mr. Manuel N. Sousa joined OpenText in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. He is responsible for shaping and driving OpenText’s talent and organization management strategies. Mr. Sousa’s career spans 30 years of Human Resources Management with leading global companies in different industries including consumer products, financial services, retail, and technology. Prior to OpenText, Mr. Sousa was the Head of Human Resources for RBC Royal Bank’s International Banking and Global Insurance businesses. His past experiences have also included senior leadership roles with T-Mobile USA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Invesco and PepsiCo. Having lived and worked throughout the USA, Canada, and Asia, Mr. Sousa has extensive international business experience and is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

Russ Stuebing

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Stuebing was appointed Vice President, Corporate Development in 2013 to lead OpenText’s Corporate Development initiatives.  Mr. Stuebing has worked within the Corporate Development team at OpenText since 2008 and during that period was instrumental to the success of OpenText's Mergers and Acquisition initiatives.  Mr. Stuebing joined OpenText in 2000 to lead the worldwide Financial Planning and Analysis function and was a trusted advisor within that role.  Prior to joining OpenText, Mr. Stuebing held positions in the financial services and retail sectors.  Mr. Stuebing holds a Certified Management Accountant designation and attained a BA in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.