Henry Lawson joined the board of Cogniti as Chairman in November 2009 and brings a broad experience to bear on the development of the company. Following a number of different executive positions at Donovan Data Systems Henry became Worldwide President leading the company’s position as one of the largest marketing communications companies. Processing over $80bn of advertising annually and overseeing 900+ staff worldwide DDS established a strong global footprint in their sector. Prior to DDS Henry was Chairman of Executive Council at Interep the largest US radio rep Company and also held consulting positions at Monitor Company and Ricardo Consulting Engineers respectively.
Henry was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge having gained an Exhibition being awarded his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and then went on to be a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School and was awarded an MBA. Henry is presently an Executive in Residence at Warburg Pincus LLC.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Peter is a seasoned executive and successful entrepreneur with more than 22-years of enterprise software experience. Prior to Cogniti, Peter held senior positions in various privately held and publicly traded companies, managing businesses out of Europe, Australasia and the USA. Prior to Cogniti, Peter served as EMEA President at SSA Global up to the time of its sale to Infor Global Solutions.
He previously held the positions of Vice President for Infinium Inc, CEO of SER International and Vice President and Managing Director EMEA for Software Artistry Inc. He has gained valuable experience in the development of companies throughout the USA, EMEA and Asia Pacific and today is passionate about the development of young businesses. He is an investor in several businesses in the USA and Europe. He gained a degree in Business Studies from Chiltern University and is a member of the Institute of Directors in London. He resides in the United States.
Executive Vice-President Corporate Development and Legal Affairs
Shelley possesses over 23 years of business and legal experience exclusively in the computer industry with focus over the last 18 years on acquisitions and transformation of software companies. He has global experience operating throughout the Americas, Europe and Australia. Shelley began his career in 1986 as Asst. General Counsel for Canada Lease Financing. From 1990 until 2002 Shelley headed up the international legal department at Geac Computer Corporation as VP General Counsel. In 2002 he embarked upon a career change focusing on mergers & acquisitions with Cerberus Capital Management, at times directly and at other times for its portfolio companies; initially joining SSA Global Technologies, in Chicago as SVP M&A.
While working directly for Cerberus in New York Shelley was an Industry Specialist on its Operations Team. More recently Shelley worked for another Cerberus company, Torex Retail Holdings in the UK. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, Toronto in 1980, his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, London in 1984, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Eric Nicoli, CBE
Non-Executive Director, R&R World
Eric has 39 years of business experience and has served on the boards of a number of global companies, including EMI Group plc, where he was Executive Chairman, and United Biscuits plc, where he was Group Chief Executive. He has also been Chairman of Vue Entertainment Ltd, Tussauds Group Ltd and HMV Group plc. He holds a BSc. in Physics from King's College, London and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Brunel University in Engineering.
Executive Vice-President and
Mike has enjoyed over 23 years of experience as a leader and executive with various publicly-traded and privately-held enterprise software and technology companies. Prior to Cogniti, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Forensic ID, the leader in "touch" DNA recovery devices and DNA profile database technology. He previously was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mezzia, a leading provider of enterprise capital planning software for the healthcare market. Mike also held positions as Chief Operating Officer for Corepoint Technology/an IBM company, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software provider and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations for Software Artistry, a publicly-traded software company in the Help Desk Automation market.
His leadership and ability to build high-performing teams have led to the rapid growth and success of numerous technology companies. Mike will also assume a Cogniti Advisory Board position in addition to his duties as COO.
President, Starflash Design, LLC
Warren Fletcher brings a wealth of senior executive operational expertise and a proven track record of successes in the enterprise software and IT arenas. Most recently, Warren served as President, Intergraph SG&I division, where he assumed full global management responsibility.
Previously, he managed all revenue generation as North American President for SSA Global. Warren had joined SSA Global after a 20-year career with Geac, where he was Vice President of Vertical Markets. In this role, he managed all aspects of five separate vertical market software companies supplying to hotels, restaurants, publishing houses, public safety/government agencies, and construction industries. Mr. Fletcher holds a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics from the University of South Florida, as well as an MBA with a concentration in accounting. He is from Tampa, Florida.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Earhart's career includes 35 years of finance and operating experience, focused in public and privately held technology companies. His specialties include driving contemporary business models, mergers & acquisitions, financing, and corporate strategy. Steve retired from Motorola in 2003 where his contributions as Senior Vice President of Finance involved the launch of the cellular industry, the opening of international markets to cellular technology, and the transformation of Motorola's semi-conductor business to a fabless model.
Post Motorola, Steve served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SSA Global Technologies, a leading provider of ERP software. During Steve's tenure, the company integrated more than a dozen acquisitions, tripled revenue, went initial public offering, and subsequently sold to Infor and its private equity backers. In 2007, Steve joined Torex Ltd (a UK based retail software provider) as an investor and EVP/CFO with a focus on the Company's operational turnaround. Steve is now a member of Mayflower LLC, an advisory firm focused on operational and finance matters.
Executive Vice-President Product Strategy
Gordon has over 35 years of International Industrial and Software experience. Prior to immigrating to the U.S. in 1996, he held senior positions with several large manufacturing and engineering companies and ultimately was appointed to the board of Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems (Pty) (Ltd) S.A. On completion of his post-graduate studies, Gordon started his career in the software industry.
He joined the Baan Company in the U.S. and soon became President of Baan Business Innovation America. Since then he has held senior positions with other leading enterprise software companies. Gordon holds a BSc (Hons) in Production Engineering and Management from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and an MSc and PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand , South Africa. He is a recognized inventor and writer of manufacturing and industrial engineering publications.