Our Story

The idea of Visier was conceived one springtime night when John Schwarz, former CEO of Business Objects and SAP Executive Board Member, met Ryan Wong, his former Chief Technical Architect, who was then head of Engineering worldwide at SAP, for dinner. John and Ryan reflected on their shared experiences and decided that, if they could start over, they could address key pain points that their business intelligence customers had: that the cost was too high, the deployment time too long, the skills required on behalf of the end user too unreasonable. And they could do this by developing an innovative Applied Big Data solution that puts answers to important questions at the fingertips of all decision makers.
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50,000+

Users Changing the World

80+

Blue Chip Customers

2+ Million

Employee Records in the Cloud

100%

Customer Renewals

75+

Countries Represented

Behind the name

In ancient times the “vizier” was the leader’s most trusted advisor. The name Visier is inspired by our mission to empower leaders with the insights they need to better see, understand, and make decisions about their businesses.

Our leaders

Founded by leaders from the Business Intelligence industry, Visier’s leadership team has executive experience in business and technology at companies such as SAP, Business Objects, Crystal Decisions, and Oracle, and includes the industry’s top innovators, developers, and marketers.
John Schwarz Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Visier’s co-founder and CEO, John Schwarz brings to the Visier Board over forty years of business and IT experience. With over forty years experience in Information Technology, John Schwarz has previously successfully acted as CEO for Business Objects, now part of SAP. During his tenure, Business Objects doubled its revenue to more than $1.5 billion, improved profitability, and executed seven strategic acquisitions. After SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects, John oversaw a dramatic continuing expansion of its business as a member of the SAP Executive Board. Prior to Business Objects, John held senior executive positions at Symantec and IBM. John is a director on the Boards of Teradata, Synopsys, and Avast, and is a former board member of SuccessFactors and Verity. John is also a member of the Dalhousie University Advisory Board.

Ryan Wong Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Visier’s co-founder and CTO, Ryan Wong is known for his industry-leading technology expertise and business acumen. With more than twenty years of Enterprise Software knowledge and expertise, Ryan Wong has pioneered some of the Business Intelligence industry’s leading technologies and products. At Visier, he oversees the Technology and Product Development, as well as the company’s day-to-day business operations. Prior to Visier, Ryan held senior engineering roles at Business Objects and, after their acquisition by SAP, was the Vice President of Engineering for the SAP Business Objects BI platform and tools. Ryan joined Business Objects from Crystal Decisions, where he was the original author and the Chief Software Architect for the Crystal Enterprise platform.

Dave Weisbeck Chief Strategy Officer

A seasoned software executive, Dave Weisbeck’s experience ranges from building development teams to growing multi-billion dollar businesses as a General Manager. With twenty years in the information management and analytics industry, Dave’s prior roles include developing Crystal Decisions and Business Objects products and product strategy. Most recently Dave was the Senior Vice President and General Manager responsible for Business Intelligence, Enterprise Information Management, and Data Warehousing at SAP. Dave holds a position on the HR.com Advisory Board.

Steve Bamberger Chief Revenue Officer

A more than twenty-four year enterprise software veteran, Steve Bamberger was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Netformx, where he tripled the company’s growth rate while achieving 95 percent subscriber renewal. Prior to Netformx, Steve served as Vice President of North America for Oracle Communications, where he delivered a $200 million impact on Oracle’s revenues and doubled the number of million-dollar deals. Steve began his career at Accenture and has spent the last seventeen years in Silicon Valley.

Adam Binnie Chief Product Officer

Adam Binnie’s passion is creating new products for customers that leverage analytics to transform how they do business. Adam is an analytics software veteran with more than twenty years experience, and has created wholly new analytics software and solutions for organization like SAP, Business Objects, and Crystal Decisions. His experience ranges from leading development, to developing alliances, to general management. Most recently Adam was Senior Vice President of Development for the “Internet of Things” at SAP. Prior to that he was General Manager for Business Intelligence at SAP.

Ju Wu Chief Development Officer

Ju Wu has over twenty years experience in analytics, and was one of the original creators and developers of the industry-changing product Crystal Reports at Crystal Decisions. Ju has been critical in the creation of leading edge products at Business Objects, SAP, and now Visier. Prior to joining Visier Ju was Vice President of Development for Cloud Analytics and Social Solutions at SAP. Ju is a big believer in happy coding.

Josie Sutcliffe Marketing

Josie Sutcliffe has over fifteen years of technology Marketing, Product Management, and Business Development experience. As the founder and former President of the Vancouver Product Management Association (now part of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association), Josie roots her career in product management, with a specialty in thought leadership and market education marketing for start ups with disruptive technology solutions. Prior to Visier, Josie was Vice President of Marketing at a 3D simulation technology emerging growth company, before which she held product management positions at a training technology company acquired by Saba.

Allison McConville Human Resources

Allison McConville has more than eighteen years of Human Resources experience, spanning the airline, entertainment, and technology industries. Committed to inspiring people to achieve extraordinary results through a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement, Allison is living her dream: leading the HR function at Visier, a company that develops solutions focused on enabling HR excellence. Prior to Visier, Allison spent eleven years at Electronic Arts focused on talent management, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness.

Fionna Song Finance

Fionna brings over fifteen years of experience in the tech industry, encompassing high growth multi-national organizations. She is passionate about building a strong financial infrastructure to enable scalability and growth, re-engineering processes to allow for effectiveness and efficiencies, while developing a high performing team. Fionna’s expertise includes a focus on enhanced financial analytics to allow for clear and informed decision making. Prior to Visier, Fionna held senior Finance roles at organizations including Crystal Decisions/Business Objects, ACL Services, and ResponseTek.

Mary Beth Wilding Sales, Western US

With over twenty years of Enterprise software sales experience, Mary Beth Wilding has focused in recent years on the complex transformation of HR. Mary Beth specializes in helping HR organizations shift to become more strategic and impactful by driving business results. Most recently, Mary Beth served as Vice President of Sales for Strategic Industries at SAP/SuccessFactors. During her tenure she led multiple teams across the Western United States, driving significant revenue. Prior to SAP/SuccessFactors, Mary Beth worked for SkillSoft and Oracle.

Ryan Licari Sales, Eastern US

Ryan Licari has more than twenty years of experience building world class sales organizations that help Fortune 1000 companies become more productive and profitable through Enterprise Software Solutions. Before Visier, Ryan served as Director of Sales for Oracle where he delivered significant new business in strategic markets. Ryan has extensive experience in Business Support and Analytical systems working for companies such as Accenture, SAP/Sybase, and Neustar.

Susan McGovern Solutions

Susan McGovern has over fifteen years of experience in HR and Sales roles, with a special focus on Education and HR technology. Throughout her career Susan has been passionate about helping HR professionals leverage technology to drive business impact within their organizations, translating to millions of dollars in bottom line savings. At Visier, Susan oversees pre-sales solution consulting, sales enablement, and sales operations. She enjoys building and scaling teams, and strives to create an environment that fosters teamwork and world-class talent. Prior to Visier, Susan worked at PeopleSoft, SkillSoft, and most recently SAP/ SuccessFactors.

Farhan Virji Customer Success

Farhan Virji has over 15 years of experience in the tech industry, in both software development and project management. Leading Visier’s Customer Success team, Farhan is passionate about finding ways to continuously create new efficiencies through process design. Farhan is committed to ensuring customers achieve exceptional value from their investment in Visier solutions. Prior to Visier, Farhan held project management and application development positions at First West Credit Union, Open Solutions, Fincentric Corporation, and McKesson.

Jan Schwarz Business Development & Founder

With more than fifteen years of experience in business, sales, and software technologies, Jan has led teams in both start-up and large enterprise environments. Prior to Visier, Jan founded a company that developed small business office software, and grew that company to a top ten highest grossing software product in Australian/New Zealand. Jan has also started and managed businesses based on AJAX web application technologies, marketing and publishing, desktop and server hardware, and e-retailing. Jan began his career at IBM, and over eight years held roles in OS development, emerging voice and video technologies, research, and automotive technologies, including four years as a sales manager serving IBM’s large finance and technology customers.

Brett Schwarz General Counsel & Founder

Brett Schwarz has more than twelve years of experience as an attorney in the fields of licensing, intellectual property, and corporate law. Prior to Visier, Brett was Corporate Counsel at VMware, where he was responsible for software licensing, including negotiating commercial agreements, advising on strategic acquisitions, managing open source compliance and contributions, and helping launch VMware’s mobile virtualization platform business. Brett has a particular interest in the field of information privacy and its impact on the development and proliferation of computing technologies.

Visier board & investors

Visier's Board comprises its Executive Founders, a world-renowned HR leader, and experts from esteemed venture capital firms and Visier investors' Foundation Capital, Summit Partners, and Adams Street Partners.
John Schwarz Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Visier’s co-founder and CEO, John Schwarz brings to the Visier Board over forty years of business and IT experience. With over forty years experience in Information Technology, John Schwarz has previously successfully acted as CEO for Business Objects, now part of SAP. During his tenure, Business Objects doubled its revenue to more than $1.5 billion, improved profitability, and executed seven strategic acquisitions. After SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects, John oversaw a dramatic continuing expansion of its business as a member of the SAP Executive Board. Prior to Business Objects, John held senior executive positions at Symantec and IBM. John is a director on the Boards of Teradata, Synopsys, and Avast, and is a former board member of SuccessFactors and Verity. John is also a member of the Dalhousie University Advisory Board.

Ryan Wong Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Visier’s co-founder and CTO, Ryan Wong is known for his industry-leading technology expertise and business acumen. With more than twenty years of Enterprise Software knowledge and expertise, Ryan Wong has pioneered some of the Business Intelligence industry’s leading technologies and products. At Visier, he oversees the Technology and Product Development, as well as the company’s day-to-day business operations. Prior to Visier, Ryan held senior engineering roles at Business Objects and, after their acquisition by SAP, was the Vice President of Engineering for the SAP Business Objects BI platform and tools. Ryan joined Business Objects from Crystal Decisions, where he was the original author and the Chief Software Architect for the Crystal Enterprise platform.

Gabrielle Toledano EVP of Human Resources and Facilities, Electronic Arts

Gabrielle Toledano is Visier’s first independent Board member, bringing to Visier a wealth of HR expertise and experience.

Gabrielle Toledano, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities, Electronic Arts, Inc., brings over twenty­five years of HR expertise to Visier. Today, Gabrielle is responsible for EA’s Global Talent function, including talent acquisition, benefits and compensation,learning and development, rewards and recognition, Corporate Social Responsibility, Facilities and Corporate Services. She is well regarded for her ability to work very successfully with executives on business issues, while consistently advocating for talent at all levels of a company. Gabrielle has a well- documented track record for growing HR talent, having hired and developed many who have become some of Silicon Valley’s most respected and influential HR leaders.

Prior to joining EA, Gabrielle served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Siebel Systems. Prior to that, she served seven years with Microsoft, and five years with Oracle Corporation. Her portfolio has included a wide range of HR assignments including international work, most notably in Latin America.

Gabrielle is bilingual and received her bachelor and master degrees from Stanford University, followed by a Rotary Scholarship assignment in Santiago, Chile. Gabrielle served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Human Resources Management and is now on the Board of Directors of Big City Mountaineers.

Mike Zappert General Partner, Adams Street Partners

Adams Street Partners led Visier’s series C financing, and is represented on the Visier Board by Mike Zappert. Read Mike Zappert’s blog post, The Democratization of Data.

As a General Partner at Adams Street (a $2 billion expansion stage fund), Mike is responsible for sourcing and leading venture capital investments into fast-growing Cloud, Enterprise Software, SaaS and Mobile companies. Mike also leads Adams Street’s investments in the Big Data and Analytics market. Mike led Adams Street’s investments in Visier, Boundary, TeleSign, Couchbase and ServiceMax, and co-led Adams Street’s investments in Atlantis Computing, Matrixx Software, Five9 (FIVN), Criteo (CRTO), RetailMeNot (SALE), Rimini Street, Integral Development, Zynga (ZNGA) and HighTail.

Prior to Adams Street, Mike worked for 3i, a $15 billion global manager of private equity. He evaluated and executed investments in late and growth stage Internet and Software/SaaS companies, and was actively involved with 3i’s investments in Demand Media (DMD), BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!) and Speakeasy (acquired by Best Buy).

Mike earned an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a Stanford in Government Fellow.

Email: mzappert@adamsstreetpartners.com

Adams Street Partners is an independent, employee-owned private equity firm that manages over $25 billion of committed capital for institutional investors. The firm has offices in Chicago, Menlo Park, London, Beijing and Singapore. Adams Street was a pioneer in the development of the private equity secondary market, closing its first secondary transaction in 1986. The dedicated secondary investment team of professionals in London, Singapore and Chicago executes a selective, global investment strategy following a theme-based approach that leads to targeting specific funds.

Adams Street Partners is widely recognized as the oldest fund of funds manager in the industry, establishing its first such fund for institutional investors in 1979. For more information, please visit www.adamsstreetpartners.com

Warren Weiss General Partner, Foundation Capital

Visier’s first investment firm, Foundation Capital has participated in all three of Visier’s rounds of financing, and is represented on the Visier Board by Warren Weiss. Read Warren Weiss’s blog post, Visier Continues to Impress.

At Foundation Capital, Warren focuses primarily on investments in emerging software companies – both licensed and software as a service – as well as on those in the Cleantech industry. He currently serves on the boards of CLiQr Technologies, ForgeRock, Moxie Software, SilkRoad Technologies, Silver Spring Networks, Trufa and Visier.

Catching emerging technologies and superstar entrepreneurs early is Warren’s passion. His close ties with leading universities and research labs give him a window into innovations in their purest form, and he cherishes the chance to work with the smartest minds in business, whether first-timers or Nobel-Prize winners. His involvement with on-demand software companies and Cleantech began years before investing in those areas became a mainstream event.

Warren joined Foundation Capital in 2002 with more than 25 years experience in the software industry, including time as president and CEO of four public and private software companies. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Asera, a real-time software solutions provider.

Previously, Warren served as president and CEO of Prism Solutions during the company’s transition from data warehousing tools provider to business intelligence application deliverer. Prior to that, Warren was president of SQRIBE Technologies (now Hyperion) and earlier, president and CEO of SMI. Warren has held numerous other senior executive positions at Next Software (Apple), Continuum (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Dun & Bradstreet Software. He holds a BS from Western Illinois University.

E-mail: wweiss@foundationcapital.com

Foundation Capital was founded in 1995 with a single purpose: to build great companies. These are companies that rise upward on the strongest of all foundations — the power of an idea. And as such, they are organizations that make a difference, not only in the lives of their constituents, but in the impact they have on their markets.

Foundation Capital’s partners are driven by the singular goal of changing the world—about leaving it a better place—by building great companies.

Greg S. Goldfarb Managing Director, Summit Partners

Summit Partners has participated in Visier’s series B and C financing, and is represented on the Visier Board by Greg S. Goldfarb.

Greg S. Goldfarb joined Summit Partners in 2002. Prior to Summit, he worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where he was Director of E-Commerce and Director of Starwood’s Innovation Lab.

Based in Summit’s Menlo Park office, Greg is active in the firm’s investment activities in North America, Europe and Asia, and focuses primarily on the technology and healthcare & life sciences sectors. His board directorships and investments include Clearwater Analytics, Cloudmark, IntelliChem (acquired by Symyx Technologies), LiveOffice (acquired by Symantec Corporation), Philz Coffee, ProClarity Corporation (acquired by Microsoft), Rocket Fuel, TeleSign Holdings, The Mutual Fund Store (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Tiny Prints (acquired by Shutterfly), Web Reservations International (acquired by Hellman & Friedman), Winshuttle Holdings, and Wowza Media Systems.

Greg holds an BA, magna cum laude, in government from Harvard University.

Email: ggoldfarb@summitpartners.com

Summit Partners is a growth equity firm that invests in growing companies across North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1984, Summit has raised nearly $15 billion in capital and provides equity and credit for growth, recapitalizations, and management buyouts. Summit has invested in more than 365 companies globally in technology, healthcare and other growth industries. These companies have completed 130 public offerings, and more than 135 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Summit Partners has offices in Boston, Menlo Park, London and Mumbai.

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