Executive Leadership Team
Mark J. Barrenechea
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board. In January 2016, Mark took on the role of Chief Technology Officer.
As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mark oversees the strategic direction of the organisation and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, the Company has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $1.9 billion technology company.
Mark’s unwavering commitment to innovation and results, combined with a dedication to customers’ needs, led him to successfully realign the company’s products, transforming OpenText into an Enterprise Information Management leader.
A prominent thought leader, Mark‘s extensive experience in information technology affords him a unique insight into the technological changes ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. In his latest book, The Golden Age of Innovation, he identifies the opportunity this unprecedented change holds for today’s businesses and how to successfully maneuver the ever-changing digital world.
Before joining OpenText, Mark was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI), where he also served as a member of the Board. A pioneer of Technical Computing, Mark defined and distinguished the new market from Business Computing and established SGI as one of its leaders.
During his time at SGI, he led the company’s strategy and execution. His role included transformative acquisition of assets as well as penetrating diverse new markets and geographic regions.
Prior to SGI, Mark served as Executive Vice President and CTO for CA, Inc. (CA), (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.) and, as a member of the executive management team. Mark was also Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation, responsible for managing a multi-thousand member global team. Additionally, he was a member of the executive management team.
Mark has also served in a number of other positions including, Vice President of Development at Scopus, a software applications company, and Vice President of Development at Tesseract, where he was responsible for reshaping the company’s line of CRM and human capital management software.
Mark has been the recipient of many accolades over the years. In 2011, the San Francisco Business Times named him the 2011 Best Large Company CEO. Most recently, he was named the 2015 Results-Oriented CEO of the year by the CEO World Awards. The prestigious award recognizes Mark’s leadership and innovation in attaining results for the company and its customers.
In addition, Mark has authored several books including The Golden Age of Innovation, On Digital, Digital: Disrupt or Die, eGovernment or Out of Government, Enterprise Information Management: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software, Software Rules and e-Business or out of Business.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Saint Michael’s College. He currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods and also serves as a board member of Hamilton Insurance Group.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
John Doolittle became OpenText’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2014.
With more than 20 years of financial experience, John is a finance professional with international experience and exposure to a broad range of financial disciplines. John is a chartered accountant with expertise in taxation, financial planning and analysis, treasury, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining OpenText, John most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Mattamy Homes, a widely recognised leader in building master planned communities.
Prior to joining Mattamy, John held senior financial roles at Nortel Networks, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Additionally, he has served as the Vice-President of Finance for the Bank of Montreal’s Global Treasury Group.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant (1988).
Executive Vice President, Engineering
Muhi S. Majzoub was named Executive Vice President, Engineering in January 2016. Muhi joined OpenText as Senior Vice President of Engineering in June 2012 reporting to Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Barrenechea. Muhi is responsible for Corporate and Commercial IT, including Cloud Services, as well as defining the vision and strategy for OpenText products, leading the development organisation and transitioning OpenText to the cloud.
Prior to OpenText, Muhi was Chief of Products for NorthgateArinso, where he was responsible for defining the company's product vision, strategy and the development life cycle. He focused on consolidating the late software portfolio and developing new product capabilities for both cloud and on-premise solutions.
Muhi has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Product Development for CA, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of the common technology platform and components and integration strategy.
Prior to CA, Muhi was Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation. During his tenure at Oracle, he was responsible for the delivery of the Sales Automation Suite, including Sales Online TeleSales, Sales Compensation, Sales Intelligence and many other Internet technology projects, such as Oracle Store, Oracle.com and the MetaLink TAR system.
Muhi attended San Francisco State University.
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Gordon A. Davies
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Development
Gordon A. Davies joined OpenText as Chief Legal Officer in September 2009. Gordon also serves as the Company’s Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, and has responsibility for Corporate Development and the Programme Management Office.
Prior to joining OpenText, Gordon was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Nortel Networks Corporation. During his sixteen years at Nortel, he held key roles including Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and on two occasions interim Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Additionally, he spent five years ultimately as General Counsel, EMEA, supporting all aspects of Nortel’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business.
Gordon holds an LL.B and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA from the University of British Columbia. Gordon previously served on the boards of various global subsidiaries of Nortel Networks Corporation.
Gordon is currently a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Canadian General Counsel and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.
Senior Vice President, Professional Services
Prentiss Donohue joined OpenText as Senior Vice President of Professional Services in April, 2016. With more than 20 years of experience in support and services management, Prentiss is responsible for leading the global Professional Services team from pre-sales activities, through implementation, to achieving a Trusted Advisor status, using long-term customer relationship management.
Prior to joining OpenText, Prentiss spent 6 years at Oracle and served as Group Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Customer Services business for North America, where he was responsible for driving Oracle’s innovative software, systems and cloud services.
Before Oracle, Prentiss worked at Sun Microsystems for 12 years in various leadership roles, which included Managed Services Management and Corporate Marketing. His responsibilities at Sun included directly managing all support and education services in North America and globally.
Prentiss holds a BA from the University of Colorado and has completed executive leadership programmes at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University of Hong Kong.
Simon “Ted” Harrison
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales
Simon “Ted” Harrison is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales at OpenText, and is responsible for leading OpenText’s Enterprise business unit. Ted previously served as the Senior Vice President of Fast Growth Markets for OpenText, growing the business in high potential regions including LATAM, Eastern Europe, Japan, Africa, China, Middle East and India.
Coming to OpenText through its IXOS acquisition, Ted has held a number of senior sales leadership roles throughout his 15 years with the company. Ted served as the Head of Global Services for Northern Europe before becoming Senior Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region.
Ted has successfully worked throughout his 25 year career to match business imperatives with innovative technology solutions. Beginning his career as a technical consultant, Ted then bridged the gap between technical and business to serve as a Senior Business Consultant on projects such as the European roll-out for General Motors. He has also worked in the mobile solutions field for Psion Teklogix, specialising in Supply Chain Optimisation.
Ted holds an honours degree in Computer Science from Leeds University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Adam joined OpenText in October of 2001 and has served the organisation in numerous roles, including Product Management, Marketing, Engineering, Information Technology, The Office of The President/CEO and PMO, Partner Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Adam presently holds the station of Chief Marketing Officer and SVP and also oversees OpenText’s Global Partner & Alliance operations.
Working with and learning from the smartest, most passionate and curious people in the industry over the past 15 years, Adam has contributed to the successful growth of OpenText by bringing to market numerous innovative products and services in the Enterprise Software space.
Throughout his career, Adam has had the opportunity to work with numerous academic institutions, including the University of Waterloo for its Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology programme, and as a speaker or lecturer on ICT topics at Western, Ryerson, Waterloo and a number of other Universities. Adam has also previously served on the national board of directors for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and presently serves on the board of directors of LogiSense Corporation.
Chief Information Officer
David Jamieson joined OpenText as the Chief Information Officer in November 2014. He brings over 25 years of experience in leading Information Technology organisations through the ever-changing technology landscape. David will lead the OpenText IT organisation that powers the world’s leading Business Network.
Prior to joining OpenText, David worked at Barrick Gold Corporation, the gold industry leader and one of Canada’s most admired companies, where he served as Director of Information Technology for four years before being appointed as the Vice President of Information Management and Technology in 2005.
At Barrick, David effectively used the company’s information assets to drive business value for the global operations of its application and technology infrastructures. He was the company’s first ever IT leader and was responsible for building a high performance organisation from the ground up.
As a seasoned IT professional, David has held senior positions with companies, such as Universal Studios Canada, EDS/SHL Systemhouse, and Canadian Pacific Railway, David brings with him acute industry knowledge and strong business acumen. His dedication in every role was evident through his successful management of large teams and significant impact on overall company operations.
David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and received his Professional Engineer designation in 1990.
Senior Vice President, Global Technical Services
James McGourlay joined OpenText in 1997 and has held many key positions in IT, technical support, product support and special projects. In May 2015, James was appointed as Senior Vice President of Global Technical Services at OpenText. He is responsible for leading OpenText’s Technical Support, Renewals, Customer Onboarding and Professional Services, managing all post sale services, customer life-time value, and accelerating customers’ time to value.
Throughout the last 18 years, James has been the catalyst for tremendous growth in the OpenText Customer Services team for the Americas. He has sponsored programmes such as the Knowledge centre, Partner Support Programme, quality audits and enhanced Customer Support programmes. He and his team are also spearheading the movement towards integrations management, social engagement support for customers and continued improvements to the customer experience.
James was instrumental in the company’s early acquisitions and the OpenText Enterprise Deployment Board, which he chaired until 2010.
Douglas M. Parker
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Douglas Parker is the SVP, Corporate Development of OpenText and manages a team of corporate development professionals with operational responsibility for the company’s corporate development, M&A, integration and venture capital activities. Prior to this role, he held the position of Vice President, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, where he was responsible for a variety of corporate legal, litigation management, and governance activities. Doug also served as Executive Sponsor to OpenText Brazil operations in 2014 and is a graduate of the OpenText Leader’s Circle programme.
Before joining OpenText, Doug worked several years for Nortel Networks Corporation in a variety of senior legal roles, including Managing Attorney, where he was responsible for the company’s global M&A legal function.
Doug has over 20 years of international business and legal experience in a variety of technology transactional environments and has spoken at various conferences in the United States and Canada on the topics of M&A, intellectual property rights, professional management and governance.
Doug holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from Trinity College, The University of Toronto.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Leslie Sarauer joined OpenText as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in April 2016. She brings with her over 25 years of diverse experience as an HR leader in both the corporate and professional services settings. Her expertise lies in the areas of talent management, compensation and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and culture change.
Most recently, Leslie worked at Agrium Inc., a $16 Billion publicly-traded, agricultural business with its head office in Calgary. During her 11 years at Agrium, she held a variety of senior leadership roles across the full spectrum of HR functions.
Prior to joining Agrium, Leslie was a Principal Consultant with Mercer Human Resources Consulting, where she consulted Boards of Directors and senior executives on the design and implementation of executive compensation programmes. During her 15-year tenure with Mercer, Leslie also worked in their Retirement and International Consulting Practices.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Leslie also attended the Advanced HR Executive Programme at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President, Information Exchange Sales
George Schulze is Senior Vice President of Information Exchange (iX) Sales for OpenText, and is responsible for leading the business unit, as well as the company’s core Cloud services. One of the most experienced executives in the Cloud business, George came to OpenText through its January 2014 acquisition of GXS.
George joined GXS in 2005 as Vice President of Sales for the Americas region. In this capacity, he deployed a new sales strategy and realigned the sales organisation resulting in record growth in the Americas.
During George’s 30-year career in Information Technology serving Fortune 500 companies, he has performed a wide variety of roles including Vice President and Managing Director of Sales at BearingPoint and Managing Director of KPMG. He has also previously served as General Manager of the Americas for 724 Solutions, Vice President of Global Sales for SCC Communications and held various sales management positions at Tandem Computers, Digital Equipment and Wang Laboratories.
George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.
Senior Vice President, General Manager Discovery, Analytics and OEM
In 2016, Gary Weiss was named Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Discovery and Analytics business unit, where his responsibilities include P&L, strategy, execution, operations, and go-to-market. Gary joined OpenText in 2012 as the SVP and GM of the Information Exchange business unit, the catalyst for the OpenText Cloud business. In this capacity, he was responsible for the P&L, strategy, sales, marketing, and product development. Gary then held the Cloud leadership role for 2 years.
Gary has 25 years of world-class experience that spans multiple disciplines, including enterprise sales, partnerships, strategic alliances, marketing, product management, operations and development.
Prior to joining OpenText, Gary served as SVP, Business Development and Alliances and was a member of the Senior Leadership team at CA until June 2011. During his tenure at CA, he developed the company's partnership strategy and had oversight of high-value, strategic partnerships. He also provided leadership for market development initiatives, including formulating and executing on portfolio product strategies and, in an earlier role, he assumed revenue responsibility for the newly created Security Business Unit.
Gary has also worked as an independent consultant to small- to mid-size security organisations for many years, using his sales executive and programme innovation experience to earn a reputation as a trusted advisor and thought leader.
Gary began his career in Information Technology in 1993 as one of the first sales executives at Security Dynamics (later renamed RSA Security) before joining e-Security in 2001 to lead the North American Sales, Channel, and Technology Services.
Gary holds a B.A. from Tulane University.