Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board. In January 2016, Mark took on the role of Chief Technology Officer. In September 2017, he was appointed Vice Chair, in addition to remaining the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer.
As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mark oversees the strategic direction of the organization and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, OpenText has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $2.8 billion technology company.
Mark’s 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 Information Management leader.
A prominent thought leader, Mark’s extensive experience in information technology affords him a unique insight into the technological changes ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. In his latest book, The Intelligent and Connected Enterprise, Mark identifies how to securely transform information into an asset that can be used to reimagine business for unlimited potential in an ever-changing digital world.
Before joining OpenText, Mark 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, Mark 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, Mark 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. Mark was also Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation, responsible for managing a multi-thousand-member global team. Additionally, he was a member of the executive management team.
Mark 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.
Mark has been the recipient of 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 Mark’s leadership and innovation in attaining results for the company and its customers.
Mark has authored a number of other books including The Golden Age of Innovation, On Digital, Digital: Disrupt or Die, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Financial Services: The Greatest Revolution Since Minted Money, eGovernment or Out of Government, and Enterprise Information Management: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software. He has also authored several white papers, such as The Resilient Organization: COVID-19 and New Ways to Work, Cloud: The Destination for Innovation, Security: Creating Trust in a Zero Trust World, and The Information Advantage.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Saint Michael’s College, and serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods.