Gayle Sheppard has just been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saffron Technology in Cary, North Carolina, a privately held disruptive big data analytics firm. She succeeds Dr. Manny Aparicio, co-founder of Saffron Technology, who will continue as Saffron’s Chief Memory Maker, the technology visionary for Saffron’s underlying associative memory technology.
Ms. Sheppard has served as Saffron’s Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for the last four years and will continue to serve in this role. Prior to Saffron, Sheppard served as Vice President and Managing Director at PeopleSoft, Inc. where she turned around an under performing profit center in record time. She was CEO and President of MarketMile, LLC where she led the development and launch of an application service business focused on serving American Express Corporate Purchasing Card Customers. Sheppard also led the development and growth of J.D.Edwards’ Asia Pacific businesses, the launch of J.D. Edwards in the Japanese market as President of J.D. Edwards Japan, K.K., and the global expansion of J.D. Edwards’ sales channels as Vice-President of World Wide Sales.
We recruited Ms. Sheppard to her position as CEO of MarketMile, a venture jointly owned by American Express (NYSE: AXP) and the business-to-business (B2B) company Ventro, a startup backed backed by the top-tier venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). We wish Ms. Sheppard the continued success in her new role as CEO.