Former Empire Life CEO to drive continued growth of the company disrupting the content management industry
KINGSTON, ON, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - STANTIVE Technologies Group has appointed former Empire Life CEO Les Herr as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created role, Les will work alongside Chairman and CEO Doug Girvin and the executive team to set the strategic direction of Stantive and drive their continued global growth in the content management industry.
As President and COO, Les will also work closely with the executive team to strengthen Stantive's business operations, including financial management, human resources, sales, marketing and distribution. The appointment will be effective from June 2, 2014.
"Stantive is expanding rapidly and we needed someone of Les' calibre to manage this growth and help guide the company forward. Les is an impressive leader with a strong customer focus and proven strategic planning skills and I look forward to working with him to build on our success and grow and transform the business," says Doug Girvin, Chairman and CEO.
Les Herr, President and COO says, "Technology has been a significant enabler of transformation in each of companies I've led and I'm excited to now be a part of that industry. I'm particularly excited to join Stantive, a company that's fundamentally disrupting the content management industry by putting the power to publish and manage content in the hands of every employee.
"With the explosion of digital content and demand for more personalised websites, portals and intranets, I see huge opportunities for Stantive on a global scale."
Les joins Stantive after 32 years in financial services where he was most recently CEO of Empire Life, a $12 billion company that experienced fast growth and organizational transformation under his leadership. Among his key achievements were establishing a more customer-focused culture and making the company simpler and easier to do business with. Also, under his leadership, Empire Life's assets increased from $8.4 billion in March 2008 to $12.6 billion in March 2014, an increase of 50%. Shareholders' net income increased from $48.4 million in 2008 to $113.3 million in 2013, an increase of 134%.
Prior to becoming CEO, Les held a number of sales and leadership roles at Empire Life and the London Life Insurance Company.
Les holds an Executive MBA from Queen's University and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts.
About STANTIVE Technologies Group Inc.
STANTIVE Technologies Group delivers enterprise portals, social intranets and corporate websites with OrchestraCMS, the only 100% native web content management system on Salesforce.
Stantive launched its successful partnership with Salesforce.com in 2005 and since then Stantive's certified Salesforce advanced developers, administrators and consultants have delivered cloud-based web solutions to Global 1000 customers in all sectors across the globe.
Founded in 1992, Stantive has provided innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of small businesses through to large enterprises across the globe. The company is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Information about Stantive products and services can be found at www.stantive.com.
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