Rick Pirozak

  

Certifications

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

RICK PIROZAK:  Strategy, Operations, P&L Management, PMO, M&A, Succession-planning, eBusiness, Sofware/SaaS, Agile/Scrum

Outstanding Fortune 500 track-record:  Facilitated strategic product/service introduction and reorganizational workshops for Fortune 500 C-level executives.  Led accounts or managed engagements across diverse industry sectors, for numerous blue-chip clients.

Impressive experience within small / start-up / turnaround companies:  Managed key product/service initiatives for several start-up e-Businesses.  Bolstered a start-up consulting company by winning and growing a marquee client into its largest account.  Built and led a new professional services practice for a SaaS firm.   Established and led several PMOs.  Achieved profitability through growth/contraction periods via disciplined resource utilization.  Experienced with M&A and supporting successful harvesting strategies for shareholders.

 

International sensitivity & experience:  Led successful, world-wide accounts and engagements with clients across Europe.  Teamed with colleagues in 15 global offices to standardize consulting practices.  Aligned client software operations stakeholders across the U.S., Israel and India.  Managed on-shore, off-shore and blended teams, utilizing partners in Argentina and India.  Helped a client’s IT and Marketing teams prioritize, plan and manage 50+ global website initiatives, involving 4 vendors and 50+ resources, and supporting 12 languages.

 

Solid Educational Background:  MBA, High Honors – Boston University (1997); BS, Computer Science – Carnegie-Mellon University (1989)

 

Work experience

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- Present,

Cadence Design Systems is a leading provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions for electronics and computer hardware designers and manufacturers.

- Supports VP Operations for 1 of the company’s 2 divisions to drive process efficiency and effectiveness across the 4 operational functions (program management, product/solution validation, configuration management, documentation).

- Institutionalizing a "company within a company" model for the Operations group (including internal IP & Practice Development standardization efforts, internal investment framework and budgetary control systems).

- Leading 1 of the 4 operational groups (Configuration Management) to drive technology consolidation and process rationalization for cost efficiency and better internal customer support of the software development lifecycle.

- Managing a large team across North America, Israel and India.

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- Present,

mediumBold is a small, privately-held interactive media consulting company, founded by former members of the Razorfish Boston office leadership team

Supported founders via engagement management, business development, marketing and billable consulting.

 

 

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- Present,

CenterStone was a mid-stage SaaS company specializing in web-based IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management Solutions) and was acquired by Manhattan Software in November 2006.

Key member of executive team reporting to CEO.  Updated Board monthly.  Provided diagnostic sales support; management of all revenue-generating initiatives; and P&L responsibility of all implementation, data and educational services.

 

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- Present,

Razorfish (formerly the Avenue A | Razorfish subsidiary of aQuantive, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007, and to Publicis Group in 2009) is one of the world’s largest interactive marketing firms.

Served as a Project Manager from 1997-1999 (under acquired company i-Cube), and Client Partner with $2-3M/year P&L responsibilities from 2000+ while simultaneously leading the Boston Delivery Management practice in 1999-2000 and again in 2003-2004.  Was promoted 3 times in 7.5 years

 

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- Present,

Served as a software engineer for the API and GUI for the flagship hardware simulator product.  Transitioned into Operations as a project leader for configuration and release management.  Was promoted 4 times in 7.5 years.