Joanne Brunn, Ph.D.
Joanne Brunn, Ph.D. serves as Chief Executive Officer. As a senior level manager in the financial services and software industries, she worked with Hyperion Solutions in the early years of that company, as well as Citicorp and Chemical Bank. Joanne consulted for many years focusing on systemic organizational change, tactical technology initiatives and enterprise innovation programs for Pitney Bowes, Verizon, LEGO Direct, and Penguin Publishing. She enjoys being an adjunct professor in both Mercy College’s Organizational Leadership Graduate program and Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems program. Joanne has a B.B.A. in Computer Science from Hofstra University, a M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from Saybrook University with a concentration in Creativity Studies. Favorite Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Jim Perakis serves as Chairman of the Board. Jim was CEO of Hyperion Software Corporation, a pioneer in enterprise financial management and planning software, from 1985 to 2000, overseeing growth from startup through IPO to sales of over $300 million. Oracle Corporation acquired Hyperion in 2009. Previously he was CFO of Interactive Data Corporation, SVP and general manager of Chase Decision Systems, and a vice president on the corporate staff of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He has been an investor and board director of a large number of public and private technology companies, currently serving on the advisory boards of software providers Rindle and Accelatis.
Bill serves as Director of Sales. Bill has over 25 years of Sales and Sales Management experience in the financial software industry. Prior to XLerant Bill worked for Hyperion for over 15 years. Bill also worked at OutlookSoft and Cartesis delivering financial planning, budgeting and consolidation solutions to the North American market. Bill attended Michigan State University and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics.
Charles Pevsner is co-founder and has been Chief Technology Officer since inception. Charles has over 20 years of experience in computer systems development and software consulting, with a concentration on shaping business models and strategies to develop breakthrough solutions. Previously he was president and founder of Datatrope Systems, which designed and developed applications for multinational financial consolidation and planning, international money transfer, market information systems, and NYSE floor programs. He has also led software tools development at a medical software systems company, was a member of Prodigy’s Advanced Technology group, and has served as acting chief technology officer for several startup companies. He has a B.A. and an M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Wright Steenrod serves on the Board of Directors. Wright joined Chrysalis Ventures as an Associate in 2001 and today leads the Technology Group. Bringing his own entrepreneurial management experiences to the Chrysalis team, Wright previously worked as a senior business development executive at a rapidly growing company preparing to go public, and served as CFO of a start-up technology transfer company where he set strategic plans and raised equity and debt capital. Wright has worked with the management teams of fourteen of Chrysalis’ investments including Digitalsmiths (sold to TiVo), Advanced Academics (sold to DeVry), Genscape (sold to GFI) and Appriss (sold to Bain Capital), in the Technology portfolio among others. He currently is a Director of Continuum 700 LLC, Cybera, Regent Education, Straighterline, and meQuilibrium. He has been a member of the XLerant board since the Chrysalis Series B investment in 2013.
Ted Dacko serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to Brunn, Ted served as CEO of XLerant. Ted is the founder of Arbor Dakota, a company dedicated to growing early stage companies. Prior to his role at XLerant, Ted was CEO of HealthMedia which he grew from zero to $40M before selling the company to Johnson & Johnson. Ted has held senior positions with Hyperion, Orion Micro Systems, Comshare, Corporate Class Software, FAME Software and Interactive Data Corporation, all of which offered budgeting and planning software. Ted has an M.S. in Mathematics from The College of William and Mary and a B.S in Mathematics from Waynesburg University.