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Introducing Infor’s New Leader for Our Next Phase of Growth!

October 25, 2010

Blog-photo-JimSchaper I am very excited to announce that Charles Phillips is joining Infor as our new chief executive officer.  I’ve spent over eight years working with my talented team here building Infor into a $2 billion software market leader. Frankly, I can’t think of anyone better to lead Infor through its next phase of growth than Charles. Charles is a talented, visionary executive; a strong leader with a wealth of industry experience; and most importantly, an executive with a proven record of delivering exceptional results wherever he has worked. Most recently, Charles served as president and director at one of the world’s most successful software companies, Oracle.

Charles has a pretty impressive background. He did an outstanding job during his seven years at Oracle, overseeing revenue growth of nearly 300 percent.  He led the acquisition of several multi-billion dollar companies, including BEA Systems, Hyperion Solutions, and Siebel Systems among others. Before his years at Oracle, Charles was an analyst at Morgan Stanley, on Wall Street, researching technology companies, and he served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Even though I’m handing over the keys to Charles as our new CEO on December 1, I will remain chairman of Infor and continue to play a critical role in Infor’s strategic development. I want to share few things that will be happening at Infor in the coming months.

  • I am proud to announce that we will be adding additional employees in the coming months, increasing our overall number of employees by approximately 8 percent. These will be positions involving direct contact with our customers, and additional development positions. They reflect our continued success and growth in what we all recognize is a challenging economy.
  • I am also really excited to let you know that we will ship our next generation of Infor applications in January. Infor ION will provide common workflow, business process monitoring and management, across our applications whether on premise or in the cloud. Stay tuned for details regarding that.
  • Finally, regardless of who sits in the CEO position, I want to assure you that we remain  firmly committed to our two core beliefs: the importance of constant innovation and the value of laser focus on our customers.

For those of you interested in getting to know Charles Phillips, take a look at my interview with Charles on YouTube. Just follow this link:

I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to lead you over the last 8 ½ years. I am very excited about the addition of Charles to our leadership team, and the promising future for Infor. Thank you for all you have done to make Infor the success it is today!

Posted by Jim Schaper, Chairman of Infor


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Jim. I remember when HANSEN was in the process of being sold to INFOR in the spring of 2007. Chuck Hansen told me that he has taken the company as far as he could take it. For you to say that to the team really shows your commitment to success.

With the addition of Charles Phillips to the team and (hopefully soon) the press release announcing the selection in New York City over ORACLE and SAP...I think we really can take this to the next level.

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