Perficient's Leadership Team
Jeffrey S. Davis - CEO and President
Jeff Davis is president and chief executive officer for Perficient. As CEO, Jeff leads daily business operations, and directs the development and execution of the Company's global growth strategy and initiatives. Jeff joined the company as chief operating officer in 2001. He was promoted to president in 2003 and was named chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2009.
Jeff has a strong technology management and consulting background, with a blend of more than 25 years of experience working at Big Four as well as entrepreneurial firms. Leading a team of tenured executives, Jeff oversees all Perficient business groups and functional disciplines including marketing, sales and client delivery. Jeff has played a central role in Perficient’s dramatic growth, managing the company’s organic expansion and leading Perficient's M&A program, including the integration and assimilation of acquired businesses.
Under Jeff's leadership, Perficient consistently has delivered operating metrics among the industry's best and has been routinely recognized with high-profile partner, industry and growth and performance awards, including being named the 15th-fastest growing public company in the United States by Fortune in 2007. During Jeff's tenure, Perficient has added more than 1,500 colleagues and greater than $300 million in annual revenues, transitioned from the Nasdaq SmallCap Market to the Nasdaq Global Select Market, and been added to both the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600 indexes.
Prior to Perficient, Jeff was the chief operating officer at Vertecon, a company Perficient acquired in 2001. Before Vertecon, Jeff was a senior manager and member of the leadership team in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Practice, where he was responsible for defining and managing internal processes, while managing business development and delivery of all products, services and solutions to a number of large accounts. Jeff also served in leadership positions at Ernst and Young, LLP in the Management Consulting practice and in industry at Boeing, Inc. and Mallinckrodt, Inc.
Jeff is an active member of the board of directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of St. Louis and a member of the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business advisory board. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Kathy Henely - Chief Operating Officer
Kathy Henely, Perficient’s Chief Operating Officer, has more than 20 years of consulting and technology leadership and management experience. Responsible for ensuring operational excellence across the company, she is also passionate about providing exceptional service to clients while creating an environment that encourages teamwork and career growth for our colleagues.
Prior to becoming COO in November 2009, Kathy was Vice President of Corporate Operations at Perficient, responsible for leading Perficient’s largest business group along with several corporate functions. During her tenure, the business group nearly doubled in size through a combination of strong organic growth and the successful integration of several Perficient acquisitions. Kathy’s team also led the development and successful deployment of Perficient’s first industry-focused business unit, Healthcare, in 2008. Additionally, Kathy was responsible for launching Perficient’s solution focused company-wide practices, centralizing the recruiting function and establishing Perficient 101 for new colleague onboarding.
Kathy joined Perficient in September 2001 with the acquisition of Vertecon, which she joined in 1999. With the acquisition, Kathy was promoted to General Manager of the St. Louis business unit and served in that role until her promotion to Vice President in 2005. Earlier in her career, Kathy held leadership positions in industry at Mallinckrodt, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, and Cargill and at a software development company, Pipkins.
Kathy received a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Iowa.
Paul Martin - Chief Financial Officer
A senior financial executive with 25 years of financial and accounting experience, Paul Martin was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Perficient in August, 2006. Prior to joining Perficient, Paul had most recently served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Charter Communications, Inc., the fourth-largest cable company in the United States. Paul served as Charter’s principal accounting officer beginning in 2002, and has held senior executive finance roles at companies including Fort James Corporation, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Arthur Andersen. Paul is responsible for all aspects of financial compliance, reporting and accounting at Perficient. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Emil Fernandez - Vice President, Oracle Applications
Emil is responsible for Perficient’s National Oracle Applications Practice, which includes Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Business Intelligence, and Customer Experience. A 16-year industry veteran, Emil founded Kerdock Consulting, a regional provider of BI and EPM solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-sized clients. From 2002 through 2010, Kerdock grew to become recognized as a leading Hyperion consultancy, receiving multiple industry awards and twice being named to the “Fast Tech 50” list. In 2010, Kerdock was acquired by Perficient and was rebranded as Perficient’s Oracle EPM National Business Unit. Prior to founding Kerdock Consulting, Emil served as President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at Optivelo Corporation and as a Senior Manager at Tennyson Group, both regional consulting firms. Emil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University.
Mike Gersten - Vice President, Microsoft
Mike is responsible for Perficient's Microsoft National Business Unit. In his role Mike leads an elite team of professionals in building world-class Microsoft solutions for many of the most complex organizations in the U.S. He has been working within the Microsoft partner ecosystem for more than 20 years including serving as founder and CEO of PointBridge, one of Microsoft's top national consulting partners. PointBridge became part of the Perficient family in 2012. Prior to PointBridge, Mike was co-founder of Intrinsic Technologies, also a top Microsoft national consultancy. Mike sits on the board of professionals and non-profit organizations and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Chris Gianattasio - Vice President, East Region and Consulting Operations
Chris is responsible for Perficient's Eastern Region operations. He has been working with high-growth software and services companies for more than 20 years. Prior to Perficient’s acquisition of Meritage Technologies in 2004, Chris served as the firm’s President and CEO. His excellence in leadership and his experience across a range of disciplines including software engineering, sales and business management helped grow Meritage into a leading IBM WebSphere partner. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as numerous professional certifications.
David Hastoglis - Vice President, Industry Practices
David is responsible for the creation, growth, and operations of Perficient’s industry focused business units, including Healthcare, Financial Services, and Retail. As a critical component of the company’s overall growth strategy, Perficient’s industry practices are chartered with increasing client value, satisfaction, and operational performance through industry focused solutions, advisory services, and focused delivery expertise. The practices help make Perficient more relevant to its clients by merging the company’s already formidable technology services with business focused solutions and offerings unique to each industry. Prior to joining Perficient, David served as a senior executive with Sapient and AMS (now CGI) where he ran their pan-European consulting operations focused on large telecommunication carriers.
Ed Hoffman - Vice President, Central Region
Ed is responsible for Perficient's Central Region operations – overseeing business units in Denver, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Formerly the General Manager of the St. Louis and Minneapolis business units, Ed has been working in the IT consulting space for more than 15 years, the last nine with Perficient. Prior to joining Perficient, Ed worked in the business analysis and project management disciplines at Scient and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Ed’s core competencies lie in the areas of planning, executing, and managing large-scale solution delivery programs and technology integration. Ed provides leadership around P+L management, client relationship management, process design, program-level budgeting and estimating, and team building. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
John Jenkins - Vice President, IBM
John has responsibility for Perficient's IBM business group, one of just three groups retained by IBM’s ISSW/ISSL divisions. He has been working with high-growth companies for more than 10 years, with experience ranging from technology to operations to consulting. Prior to Perficient, John co-founded and served as president of Visual Software Integration, a consulting firm specializing in delivering IBM products and services. VSI was acquired by Compete Inc., and in turn Perficient. Prior to VSI he served as a principal consultant at Cap Gemini and had more than 10 years of experience in the services field. John attended Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Don Kasica - Vice President, Oracle, Emerging Applications and Global Delivery Center
Don oversees Perficient's Western Region operations, including the company's Oracle national practice. A 25-year IT and consulting veteran, in 1996 he co-founded BoldTech and served as president until the company was acquired by Perficient in 2007. In 2002, he was named Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Rocky Mountain Region. Prior to BoldTech, Don worked in leadership roles for a variety of technology companies including US West, Bachman Information Systems, Cullinet Software and EDS. Don holds bachelor's degrees in computer science and accounting from Boston College. He was also awarded two patents for his research on running multimedia technology over broadband networks while at US West.
Hari Madamalla - Vice President, IBM Business Process Management Systems
Hari has more than 16 years of experience in the IT industry. He previously oversaw Perficient's IBM BPM and Smarter Commerce practices, one of the company's largest business units. Prior to Perficient, Hari served as chairman and chief executive at Insolexen, a business process integration services company that, in two years, grew from a startup to $13 million in annual sales. Insolexen was recognized as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2006 before being acquired by Perficient. Hari's broad range of IT services experience includes sales execution, project delivery and technical consulting. He has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India.
Jackie Thorn - Vice President, National and Emerging Technology Solutions
Jackie is responsible for Perficient’s company-wide National and Emerging Technology Practices. She has been a well-respected member of the IT industry for the past 20 years, working both in private industry and consulting. In 2000, she joined Javelin Solutions, a Minneapolis-based consultancy which was acquired by Perficient in 2001. During her time with Perficient, Jackie has held positions in program management, client/account management, operations management and general management. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, with a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems.