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 $1.6 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), where he also served as a member of the Board. 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. 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 or follow him on Twitter.

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).

Patrick A. Harper

Chief Information Officer

Patrick A. Harper

Patrick Harper became OpenText’s Chief Information Officer in April 2013. He brings more than 30 years of experience in leading various Information Technology organizations through the changing technology landscape

Previously, Pat served as the Senior Vice President of IT for EasyLink, joining OpenText after it acquired the company.

Before joining OpenText, Pat served as the General Manager of the Xpedite Business Unit at Premiere Global Services, Inc. In his position, he was responsible for all IT development and infrastructure as well as Product Management, Customer Support and North American Sales.  

Pat has also served as the VP of Information Technology at ACS. While at ACS, Pat led the implementation of several state healthcare automation systems and 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.

At Ceridian Corporation, Pat was responsible implementing the world’s first web-based payroll and benefits management system.

Pat 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 Hunter

Jonathan Hunter became OpenText’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations in August 2013.  With nearly 20 years of experience in helping build operations and guide world-class teams, Jonathan is responsible for leading the company’s global sales, service and channel expansion into the Enterprise Information Management market. Jon’s focus is on exceeding OpenText goals and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Most recently, Jon was Senior Vice President and General Manager for North America at CA Technologies. In his 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. Following Jon’s innovative programs for sales enablement and solution selling, the company reignited its growth in new markets and accelerated license revenue in managed services and the cloud through by emphasizing business outcomes rather than technology.

Prior to CA, Jon held a number of senior roles at CA in client services, marketing and sales.

He 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.

Jon 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

Steve Keifer became OpenText’s Chief Marketing Officer in April 2014. He is responsible for the global oversight of all strategic and operational aspects of marketing for the company.  

Previously, Steve was the vice president of Global Marketing for GXS, where he oversaw the company’s marketing programs conducts in Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan, North and South America. Steve led a global team responsible for 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.

An industry thought leader, Steve frequently speaks on upcoming trends in information technology. Additionally, he is the author of Herding Geese.  Having worked in the B2B sector for the past 10 years studying the impact of e-commerce technologies on the manufacturing, retail, financial services and health care sectors, Herding Geese provides a behind the scenes look at the history of the Information Supply Chain. Steve offers readers insight into the e-commerce technology that connects networks of business partners together electronically from hospital health care claims to managing retail inventory. 

Prior to joining GXS, Steve 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.

Steve 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

Muhi Majzoub joined OpenText as senior vice president of Engineering in June 2012. Muhi is responsible for managing product development cycles, global development organization and driving internal operations and development processes.

Prior to OpenText, Muhi was chief of products for NorthgateArinso, where he was responsible for 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.

Muhi has also held the position of senior vice president of Product Development for CA, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of common components for all CA technologies and the delivery of CA’s product integration strategy.

Prior to CA, Muhi was the vice president of Product Development at Oracle Corporation. During his tenure, he was responsible for the delivery of the Sales Automation Suite, including Sales Online and Business Intelligence Systems.

Muhi holds a computer science degree from San Francisco State University.

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

James McGourlay

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service

James McGourlay

James McGourlay joined OpenText in 1997 and has held many key positions in IT, technical support, product support and special projects. He became Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Service at OpenText in February 2012. He is responsible for leading OpenText’s global support organization.

Throughout the last 20 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.

Manuel N. Sousa

Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources

Manuel N. Sousa

Manny Sousa became the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at OpenText in June 2012. He is responsible for shaping and driving OpenText’s talent and organization management strategies.

Manny brings more than 30 years of experience to in Human Resources Management to OpenText. He has worked with leading global companies in different industries including consumer products, financial services, retail and technology.

Prior to OpenText, Manny 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.

Manny has extensive international business experience and is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

Russ Stuebing

Vice President, Corporate Development

Russ Stuebing

A strong program manager, responsible for leading OpenText’s Corporate Development initiatives, Russ Stuebing became Vice President, Corporate Development in June 2008. 

Joining OpenText to lead worldwide Financial Planning and Analysis, he later began working within the Corporate Development team at OpenText. Russ has been instrumental to the success of OpenText's Mergers and Acquisition initiatives. 

Prior to joining OpenText, he held positions in the financial services and retail sectors. 

Russ holds a Certified Management Accountant designation and attained a BA in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Gary Weiss

Senior Vice President, Cloud Services

Gary Weiss

Gary Weiss was appointed to Senior Vice President, Cloud Services in September 2014.  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.  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.