Management Team

Accellion's growth can be attributed to award-winning products, and to our talented employees, including some of the most experienced, intelligent executives in business.

 
Yorgen H. Edholm
President and Chief Executive Officer

Yorgen Edholm is a Silicon Valley veteran with 25 years of Enterprise Software expertise. Mr. Edholm co-founded Brio Technology and during 12 years as CEO, took the company public and grew it to $150 million in revenues with over 700 employees and a customer base of over 5,000 organizations. In addition Mr. Edholm was President and CEO of DecisionPoint Applications, an Analytical Applications company. Mr. Edholm has served on several public and private company boards including most recently Hyperion (sold to Oracle), I-many, Resilience, Verix and Saama.

Mr. Edholm earned an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Masters in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Trained as a concert violinist, Mr. Edholm studied with Ivan Galamian, and has performed in Carnegie Hall (2005).

Glen Segal
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Segal joined Accellion as CFO and Senior Vice President of Finance in December 2002. He has over 20 years experience in finance, fund raising strategy and business development. He was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting and has held finance and strategy positions at GE and GE Capital, Nortel Networks and Bay Networks. Prior to joining Accellion he was CFO of FlowStorm, Inc. where his responsibilities included financial management and planning, fund raising, and administration. He has also served as VP of Finance and Corporate Development at FiberStreet where he spearheaded multiple initiatives in financing, business development and operations.

Mr. Segal holds a BA degree in Economics from Whitman College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Paula Skokowski
Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Skokowski joined Accellion in February 2007. She has more than 20 years experience in product marketing, corporate marketing and new product introduction for pre and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to Accellion she was VP Marketing, at General Magic, where she marketed General Magic’s patented voice interfaces including the voice of GM OnStar and spearheaded the market introduction of a VoiceXML voice development platform. As Director Marketing, Echelon Corporation, Ms. Skokowski led the company’s product branding initiatives, creating an industry recognized standard for interoperable control networking. Earlier in her career she worked as a product manager and application programmer of high speed vision-guided robots for Adept Technology.

Ms. Skokowski has served as a Board Member of Teradata’s Ecommerce Board of Advisors, Director for the ComputerWorld Smithsonian Awards Program and Executive Director to the LonMark Interoperability Association.

Ms. Skokowski received a BA and MA Honors in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MS in Robotics from UC Berkeley.

Vidhya Ranganathan
Senior Vice President of Products

Ms. Ranganathan joined Accellion as SVP of engineering in June 2013. She has more than 20 years of product development and technical leadership experience, with a successful track record of delivering innovative products. Prior to joining Accellion, she was the senior director of software engineering at Oracle, where she drove product strategy and creation for a global development team. Vidhya was one of the original developers at Brio Technology and had two stints at Brio - one as an early developer and the second time as part of the engineering leadership team. Vidhya led the Brio engineering team after the Hyperion acquisition of Brio.

Ms. Ranganathan received her Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India.

Patrick J. Conte
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Worldwide Field Operations

Patrick Conte joined Accellion in 2014 as SVP and GM of worldwide field operations. With more than 25 years of success in launching and growing new technologies, he has consistently demonstrated strong go-to-market execution by leading field teams and maximizing relationships with channel resellers and strategic partners. Prior to joining Accellion, he served as EVP & GM at Scale Computing, maker of industry leading hyperconverged systems, and as SVP & GM of Field Operations at Azul Systems, developer of optimized Java platforms for large enterprises. Mr. Conte was previously VP of Sales and Marketing at Cobalt Networks and a key member of the executive team that led Cobalt’s IPO in 1999.

Mr. Conte earned a BS in Political Science and History from James Madison University, and an MS in International Relations from Northern Illinois University.

Paul Steiner
Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Mr. Steiner joined Accellion in 2001 as Senior Vice President-Europe. Prior to joining Accellion he held positions as Vice President of International-Europe at AboveNet Communications, Inc. and Managing Director of Europe, Africa, Middle East and India for NetCom. As a management consultant with McKinsey Co., in Munich, Germany, Mr. Steiner’s clients included Daimler Benz, Europe’s largest copper refinery, and leading German firms in banking, insurance, retail and publishing. Mr. Steiner also co-founded NETWAY in 1995, one of the first ISPs which grew to be the leading Austrian ISP before being sold to UTA/Tele 2 in 2001.

Mr. Steiner completed a PhD and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Leoben Mining University, and an MBA from The University of Michigan.

Kieran O'Shaughnessy
Sales Director, Asia-Pacific

Mr. O'Shaughnessy has more than 18 years of successful sales and sales management experience within the information technology space and an extensive background in channel management across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Accellion, O'Shaughnessy held the position of Asia Pacific channel sales director for multinational software vendor, the Neverfail Group, where he was responsible for establishing and building a high performance channel network across the region. O'Shaughnessy also has held sales and general management positions with global software vendors Sage and the SCO Group, Inc. with responsibilities for channel and direct sales strategy development and execution.

Rebecca Soler
Vice President of Human Resources

Ms. Soler is the Vice President of Human Resources for Accellion. Previously, she served as head of human resources for four high-growth organizations, including two enterprise software companies, Model N, Inc. and Veloz Global Solutions, XDx, a biotech company offering a unique genomic test, and SEIU-UHW, the healthcare workers’ union of California. Before focusing solely on human resources, Ms. Soler was a management consultant at KPMG, now BearingPoint, and Management Analysis Center, later Gemini Consulting, serving primarily technology clients. Ms. Soler consulted in the areas of finance process improvement, marketing and strategic planning.

Ms. Soler earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude from Harvard College.

Rajeev Gupta
Vice President of Technology

Rajeev Gupta is responsible for the architecture of the Accellion technology.Prior to Accellion, Rajeev was with two startups Touchbeam Systems and NyeQ Technologies where he held various technology and customer facing positions.

Rajeev received his BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi).

Vijay Rao
Vice President of Systems Engineering

Mr. Vijay Rao joined the Company in December 1999. He has more than 10 years experience in software design, development and architecture, working with a diverse range of technologies on multiple platforms. Currently he is responsible for the research and product development process at Accellion.

Before joining Accellion, Mr. Rao co-founded two startup companies: TouchBeam Systems and NyeQ Technologies (a web application development services company) where he held various positions in engineering and general management.

Mr. Rao received his BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi).