Keynote Appoints Erik Prusch, Clearwire CEO, to Board of Directors
Keynote (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in mobile and web cloud testing & monitoring, appointed to its board of directors Erik Prusch, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR).
Umang Gupta, Chairman and CEO of Keynote, said: “We welcome Erik to the Keynote board. He brings to us significant experience leading technology businesses with a focus on software and, more recently, wireless telecom. Throughout Erik's career, he has supported companies through rapid expansion, operational scaling, and growth financing. We believe his guidance will be most valuable, especially as mobile market adoption increases.”
Prusch added, “As a pioneer in the Software-as-a-Service model, and now with a growing presence in mobile markets, Keynote is well positioned for long-term growth. I am pleased to add my software and wireless experience to Keynote's board and look forward to working with the board and management to scale the business.”
Prusch has served as Clearwire's CEO since August 2011 and has served as a director of Clearwire since February 2012. Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer in August 2011, Prusch served as Chief Operating Officer from March 2011 to August 2011 and Chief Financial Officer from August 2009 to March 2011. Since joining Clearwire, Prusch led efforts to raise over $6 billion in equity and debt to fund the company's growth. During his tenure, revenue increased by 427% to an annualized run rate of over $1.2 billion, the subscriber base grew by 1,352%, and margins improved by 80 percentage points through careful expense controls. Prior to Clearwire, Prusch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Borland Software from December 2008 to July 2009, where he led the restructuring of the company and returned the business to profitability. Other leadership roles included VP of finance in Intuit's TurboTax division; CFO of Identix Incorporated; and VP and CFO, Finance and Operations at Gateway Computers, Incorporated. Prusch began his career at Touche Ross and PepsiCo. He holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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