Leadership

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Michael A. Morrison
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Morrison is president and chief executive officer of Datawatch Corporation, and is responsible for driving the vision and strategy for Datawatch’s visual data discovery solutions. Prior to Datawatch, Morrison was vice president, financial performance management at IBM, and held a similar position at Cognos prior to its acquisition by IBM in 2008.

Before Cognos, he was chief operating officer at Applix Inc., a leader in business analytics software.During his three-year tenure at Applix, Morrison was responsible for all sales operations, marketing, business development and customer support. During this time, the company emerged as the fastest growing vendor in its market segment, achieving compound annual growth rates in excess of 30 percent. Applix was acquired by Cognos in 2007. Morrison holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S. in Mathematics from Tufts University.

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James Eliason
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

As chief financial officer and treasurer, James Eliason is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial strategy and operations. Jim brings 20 years of experience to the Datawatch leadership team, including corporate finance, investor relations, sales operations, mergers and acquisitions, human resources and information technology.

Prior to joining Datawatch, Eliason served as CFO of Qvidian Corporation, an enterprise software company that provides cloud-based sales enablement and analytics applications. From 2008 to 2011, he served as CFO of Desktone, Inc., a SaaS software company that provides a desktop cloud enablement platform. From 2004 to 2008, he served as CFO of Empirix, Inc., a high growth technology company that provides analytic tools for voice and data applications. Earlier in his career, he held senior finance positions with Narad Networks, Inc. and Silverstream Software, Inc. Jim spent four years at Arthur Andersen & Company in the audit practice and has been a certified public accountant.

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Ben Plummer
Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances

As chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Strategic Alliances, Ben Plummer is responsible for the worldwide marketing and communications strategy as well as business and partner development. Ben joined Datawatch from IBM Cognos, where he was vice president, data discovery and analytics. Prior to IBM Cognos, Plummer was chief marketing officer at Applix, Inc., a leader in business analytics software, which was acquired by Cognos in 2007.

Before Applix, Plummer was senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Outlooksoft Corporation, a performance management software company that was subsequently acquired by SAP. Plummer previously spent 13 years at Cognos in a number of executive positions, including vice president of customer operations, vice president of North American marketing, vice president of global marketing and vice president of global partner operations. During his career, Plummer has also held positions as senior vice president of marketing for Convera, a search and content management solution provider, and executive vice president of Clareos, a high-volume OLAP engine software company. Plummer holds a B.S. in Information Management Systems from the University of Maryland and is recognized as a thought leader in the industry.

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John Judge
Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

John Judge, chief revenue officer and senior vice president for worldwide sales, brings considerable executive leadership experience in both large and start-up organizations and has a h4 understanding of business environments and setting clear, market-focused strategic plans aimed at measurable business growth.

In his role, John is responsible for direct and partner sales operations, field marketing, technical resources and business development. John was most recently senior vice president, Americas Enterprise Sales for Iron Mountain where he was responsible for $1 billion of the company’s annual revenue. He has also held senior executive sales positions at Novell Corporation and SilverStream Software. John holds a holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Maine in Orono.

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Brigid MacDonald
Vice President, Human Resources

Brigid MacDonald is vice president of human resources for Datawatch and brings extensive experience in organizational development, compensation design, performance management, mergers and acquisitions, benefit plan design, employee relations, recruitment and retention.  In her role, Brigid will have overall responsibility for global human resources with an overall mandate to integrate Datawatch’s human resource plans with Datawatch’s operational business strategy.

Brigid was most recently vice president, human resources and a member of the executive team at Empirix, Inc.   While under her direction and the institution of various HR initiatives, the organization received the Best Places to Work award by the Boston Business Journal.  She has also held senior human resources positions at Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Picker Institute.  Brigid holds a holds a B.A. in Finance from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and a M.S. in Management from Boston University.

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Jon Pilkington
Vice President of Products

As vice president of Products, Jon Pilkington brings more than two decades of business analytics experience to Datawatch, including 18 years in the business intelligence market. Jon joins Datawatch from Sonian Systems, a public cloud email archiving vendor, where he served as vice president of marketing and product management. Jon helped that company raise more than $20 million in venture funding while establishing Sonian as a global leader in public cloud email archiving.

Prior to Sonian, Jon was vice president of marketing and product management at Metatomix, a real-time data integration vendor. Jon previously spent 13 years at Cognos in a variety of executive roles, including vice president of business intelligence product management, vice president of global solution architects and vice president of North American field marketing. Jon holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Bryant University and is the recipient of several industry awards, including the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council 2008 “CXO of the Year.”

Board of Directors

Richard de J. Osborne

Chairman of the Board, Director, NACCO Industries, Incorporated

David C. Mahoney

Vice Chairman of the Board, Datawatch Corporation
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Applix

Michael A. Morrison

President and Chief Executive Officer, Datawatch Corporation

Christopher T. Cox

Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Thomas H. Kelly

Former Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Schering-Plough Corporation

Joan McArdle

Senior Vice President, Massachusetts Capital Resource Company

Terry W. Potter

President, Venture Solutions & Development, Inc.

James Wood

Retired Chairman of the Board of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.

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