Jeff Davis is president, chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board 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 office 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 2,000 colleagues and greater than $400 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.
Ralph C. Derrickson became a member of the Board in July 2004. Mr. Derrickson has more than 27 years of technology management experience in a wide range of settings including start-up, interim management, and restructuring situations. Currently Mr. Derrickson is President, CEO and a director of Carena, Inc., a medical care company. Prior to joining Carena, Inc., Mr. Derrickson was managing director of venture investments at Vulcan Inc., an investment management firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, from October 2001 to July 2004. Mr. Derrickson is a founding partner of Watershed Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, and is the managing member of RCollins Group, LLC, a management advisory firm. He previously served as a board member of Metricom, Inc., a publicly traded company, from April 1997 to November 2001, and as Interim CEO of Metricom from February 2001 to August 2001. He served as vice president of product development at Starwave Corporation, one of the pioneers of the Internet. Earlier, Mr. Derrickson held senior management positions at NeXT Computer, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. He has served on the boards of numerous start-up technology companies. Mr. Derrickson is a lecturer at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Washington. Mr. Derrickson also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Island School on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and he is a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Mr. Derrickson holds a bachelor’s degree in systems software from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
James R. Kackley was elected Lead Director in February 2017. He previously served as Non Executive Chairman of the Board from November 2011 to February 2017. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the leading innovator in power technology, having served as its President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and 2010 and as a director since 2005. Prior to Orion he served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Andersen Worldwide SC. Mr. Kackley spent more than three decades at Arthur Andersen LLP and Andersen Worldwide. He served as a partner in both the U.S. and Worldwide firms from 1974. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the Kellstadt School of Management at DePaul University from 1999 to 2002. He has been a director of Herman Miller Inc. since 2003 and served as a director of PepsiAmericas Inc. from December 2004 to February 2010 and Ryerson Inc from February to October 2007. Mr. Kackley is also involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as a Life Trustee of Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago).
David S. Lundeen became a member of the Board in April 1998. Mr. Lundeen has been providing services as an independent business consultant since 2002. He is currently a director at Parago, Inc., a reward programs and customer incentive solutions provider, a position he has held since 1999. From March 1999 through 2002, Mr. Lundeen was a partner with Watershed Capital, a private equity firm based in Mountain View, California. From June 1997 to February 1999, Mr. Lundeen was self-employed, managed his personal investments, and acted as a consultant and advisor to various businesses. From June 1995 to June 1997, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of BSG Corporation. From January 1990 until June 1995, Mr. Lundeen served as President of Blockbuster Technology and as Vice President of Finance of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation. Prior to that time, Mr. Lundeen was an investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York City. Mr. Lundeen received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1988.
Brian L. Matthews became a member of the Board in April 2017. Mr. Matthews has nearly three decades of experience investing in and managing software companies. He is co-founder and a general partner of the venture capital company Cultivation Capital; co-founder and general partner of the seed fund and business development accelerator SixThirty-FinTech; and co-founder of River City Internet Group LLC doing business as Hostirian, an internet holding company that focuses on software, internet access, and web hosting products. Mr. Matthews is a member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council; a board member of Givable.org; and a board member of T-REX, a technology co-working space. Mr. Matthews is also a serial technology entrepreneur who co-founded and assisted in the sale of Primary Network to Mpower Communications in 2000; Primary Webworks to Perficient in 2001; CDM Fantasy Sports to Fun Technologies, a Liberty Media company, in 2006; and IntraISP to Clearwire Communications in 2007. Mr. Matthews began his career at McDonnell Douglas, where he worked as an engineer from 1981 through 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.