A round of new senior-level executive management appointments at SirsiDynix shuffles responsibilities, but does not seem to represent drastic change for the company. Effective immediately, Matthew Hawkins advances to the role of Chief Executive Officer, and upward shift from his previous post as Chief Operating Officer; Gary Rautenstrauch becomes Executive Chairman; and Bill Davidson returns as Chief Operating Officer.
Matt Hawkins joined SirsiDynix in July 2007 as Chief Operating Officer, taking responsibility for customer support, consulting, and education services. His portfolio expanded as other top-level positions were consolidated. The April 2009 departure of Keith Sturges, President of SirsiDynix International and later Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, added the responsibility for worldwide sales and support to the COO position. Hawkins now takes full responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company.
Gary Rautenstrauch, CEO since June 2007, steps into a newly formed Executive Chairman role. In this new full-time position, Rautenstrauch will concentrate his efforts toward key strategic relationships, including library customers and business partners, and will represent the company in industry groups. Unlike many exiting CEO’s that take ongoing interim responsibilities, Rautenstrauch characterizes his new role as full-time and ongoing.
Bill Davison returns to the company as Chief Operating Officer, filling the role vacated by Hawkins. Davison served as SirsiDynix Chief Sales and Marketing Officer from 2003 – March 2008. In the interim Davison has served as Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Bay Corporation, founded by Jack Blount, former CEO of Dynix. As Chief Operating Officer, Davison will take responsibility for worldwide sales, professional services, and customer support.
Other top-level positions remain unchanged. Talin Bingham, Chief Technology Officer since April 2006, continues to head the software development efforts of the company. John Gardiner appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2009 will remains on board.
These changes in top-level positions at SirsiDynix do not necessarily signal a new direction for the company. All the principles emphasized continuity of the company’s direction, with ever more focus on customer issues. Hawkins mentioned that he is especially grateful to Rautenstrauch for his mentoring and for preparing him to take on this new level of responsibility.
SirsiDynix remains under the ownership of Vista Equity Partners which acquired the company in January 2007. One of the key strategies of the company under Vista has been to complete business and product integration, forming one seamless company. Recent events have included consolidation of the company’s development and support operations in Provo, UT, winding down the satellite offices, remnants of its antecedent companies in St. Louis and Huntsville. On the product front, the company indicates the upcoming SirsiDynix Symphony 3.4 expected to be released before the end of the year, represents a culmination of the integration of its flagship ILS products. SirsiDynix reported that it has also seen strong momentum with Symphony, marked by its selection in 2010 by 107 libraries worldwide, including 27 new sites as well as 80 upgrading or migrating from other SirsiDynix ILS products such as Unicorn, Horizon, or Dynix.