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.
James Eliason, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
James Eliason, chief financial officer and treasurer, brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, investor relations, sales operations, mergers and acquisitions, human resources and information technology to the Datawatch leadership team. Jim is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial strategy and operations. Prior to joining Datawatch, Jim served as CFO of Qvidian Corporation, a company that provides cloud-based sales enablement and analytics applications, where he oversaw all aspects of finance, legal and human resources. He has also held several CFO positions at Desktone, Inc., Empirix, Inc., and Narad Networks, where he helped raise more than $30 million of venture capital, and as Vice President of Finance at SilverStream Software, Jim was involved in the company’s IPO and secondary offering, raising over $250 million and concluding with an acquisition by Novell. Jim holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Bentley College and a B.S. in Accounting from Providence College. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Massachusetts.
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.
Harvey Gross, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President Product Management and Development
As chief technology officer and vice president of product management and development, Harvey Gross is responsible for driving Datawatch product strategy, positioning and product development, and extending the company into new markets that provide opportunity for future growth. Additional responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the worldwide development staff. Harvey has more than 30 years of product development, product management, sales and commercial operations experience in the content management and business process market. He joined Datawatch in February of 2007.
Prior to joining Datawatch, he was the principal consultant at HG & Associates, a content management consultancy serving a variety of companies in business, technology and the federal government, and a principal consultant at eVisory, a leading industry consulting group.
Previous positions include CTO for Lason, Inc., an international business process outsourcing firm, where he established an electronic content management service and was instrumental in growing the business to $20 million. Other roles include senior vice president at Virtual Image Technologies, Inc., a regional document management service company, and senior vice president of product development at 360Services, Inc.
Sanjay Mistry, Corporate Controller and Vice President
Sanjay Mistry, vice president and corporate controller at Datawatch brings extensive experience in finance and accounting, planning and analysis, sales operations and support, acquisition integration, and systems and business process implementation. Sanjay has responsibility of the company’s global financial accounting, order processing, SEC reporting and compliance areas. Prior to joining Datawatch, Sanjay served as vice president of finance for NP Medical and Radius Product Development, two independent companies within Nypro, Inc. a $1 billion global manufacturer. Sanjay also served as director of Finance at Novell Inc. and held several senior Finance positions with Honeywell and Motorola, Inc. Sanjay holds a B.A. from University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and a M.B.A from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Jon Pilkington, Vice President of Products
Jon Pilkington is vice president of products for Datawatch and brings more than 20 years of business analytics and business intelligence experience to Datawatch. Jon is responsible for driving overall product strategy and product development. Prior to joining Datawatch, Jon was vice president of marketing and product management for Sonian Systems where he helped raise more than $20 million in venture funding while establishing Sonian as a global leader in public email archiving. Jon has also held a variety of executive positions at Cognos and Metatomix. 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.”
Mike Carroll, Vice President of Worldwide Sales Support
As vice president of Worldwide Sales Support, Mike Carroll brings 32 years of business experience to Datawatch. The first half of Mike’s business career was spent in the oil and gas industry where he held Controller and CFO roles for small, independent producers. The last 15 years he has been running successful organizations in the software business. Most recently Mike was Director of North American Presales at Applix, Inc. Applix was purchased by Cognos and subsequently purchased by IBM in 2009. Mike was responsible for integrating the Applix team into the larger Cognos/IBM organization. Mike was promoted to Business Unit Executive where he led one of the highest performing of the five commercial teams within the IBM Business Analytics group. Mike is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He is married with two children and lives in Plano, Texas.
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.
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
Terry W. Potter
President, Venture Solutions & Development, Inc.
Retired Chairman of the Board of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.