Bob Zukis Out as CEO of Bloomfire After 'Short Stint'

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Bob Zukis is no longer the CEO of Bloomfire, the new CEO confirmed for CMSWire tonight.

Zukis, the social business author and Forbes contributor, took the job as leader of the social collaboration provider just eight months ago.

His first day on the job was April 8. His last day was sometime in September, according to his LinkedIn profile. That gives him six months at Bloomfire -- compared to nearly 29 years at his preceding job as a partner at PwC.

Bloomfire: Geography Issue

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Trey Tramonte (right) is now president and CEO of Bloomfire. Tramonte was president when Zukis was CEO, and now he has expanded his role to include CEO responsibilities, a media representative said.

Asked whether Zukis or the company initiated the split, Tramonte did not answer directly but told CMSWire, "Geography was a significant issue. Bob was located in So Cal."

The company did not publicly announce Zukis' split. According to the former CEO's LinkedIn profile, his tenure ended in "September 2014." CMSWire learned of a change in leadership tonight when a media rep contacted a reporter for an interview opportunity with CEO Trey Tramonte.

Bloomfire: Took it 'In Stride'

Asked why Bloomfire did not announce Zukis' exit, Tramonte said, "It was a short stint for Bob, and we have been focused on executing. I was already handling the majority of analyst calls, etc. and had a relationship with most of them."

Tramonte told CMSWire the company took Zukis' departure "in stride."

"Bob had been mainly market (external) facing," the new CEO added, "and I had been running the operations, so it was a fairly smooth transition."

Bloomfire has added "key members" to the executive team such as Chad Gailey, vice president of business development and channels, and Mark Hammer, vice president of marketing.

Tramonte said he plans to stay on as CEO and that there is no active search for a new one. The company's direction has not changed, he said.

Tramonte joined in January of 2014 as president and has "been focused on changing the overall go to market strategy and building out our team. Since I joined we have seen significant growth during a transition year."

Learning Opportunities

From PwC to Bloomfire

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Bloomfire launched nearly two years ago at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where the company is based.

Before he joined Bloomfire, Zukis (left) spent the better part of three decades as a partner at PwC helping clients find their future with new technology and in emerging markets.

Zukis did not immediately return messages left by CMSWire on Twitter and LinkedIn tonight.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he doesn't seem to have a new full-time gig. His lists only fellowship  at The Conference Board, and board appointments at UC Irvine and NACD Southern California.

Zukis has quite the following on LinkedIn. His Aug. 26 post, "What Happened When the Intern Took the CEO to Lunch," has 274,774 views as of tonight.

Bloomfire Champion

Just this past August, Zukis was a major champion for the Bloomfire platform. He told CMSWire that successful enterprise collaboration drives business results and stands out as more than just another Facebook for the enterprise.

August 27 seems to be the last date on Twitter related to Zukis and Bloomfire, according to a quick search.

"Most competitors focus primarily on providing static file management or a Facebook-style newsfeed," Zukis told CMSWire in August. "Bloomfire enables true team-based collaboration by leveraging multiple types of content — files, videos, web links, questions, announcements — and putting this information in the hands of those who need it when they need it."

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