Industry Moves: Beardslee Moves to Magnolia, Bado Dreams Big as MarkLogic's New CEO

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Things happen quickly in the industry, including changes in employment. Here's a quick and dirty list of the biggest moves that hit our radar over the last couple of weeks: 

Magnolia Grabs New GE and Sales Engineer for Americas

In an attempt to extend international efforts, Magnolia (newssite) has appointed former dotCMS employee Bill Beardslee as General Manager for North, Central and South America. Beardslee will be responsible for growing the Americas partner network.

"Building a large, capable partner ecosystem in the Americas is our highest priority," said Boris Kraft, President of Magnolia. "Unlike other CMS vendors, Magnolia does not offer implementation or customization services. Our customers and prospects rely upon our partners for Magnolia expertise in consulting, implementation and maintenance."

Meanwhile, Sean McMains of Texas State University will take on a Sales Engineer position at Magnolia. He will work directly with new partners as they pursue their own business efforts, as well as point person for Tier III support issues among clients in the Americas.

Percussion Adds New CEO and VP of Marketing 

Percussion Software (newssite) is polishing up with the addition of Deidre Diamond to the COO position while Aaron Dunn takes the VP of Marketing and Strategy role. Both will bring their expertise in to the company in a continued effort to help scale the organization's operations.

“As a result of our ongoing product innovations, Percussion has experienced rapid growth over the past several quarters and continues to partner with well-known client organizations seeking to extend their Web content management strategies," said Joseph Wykes, President, Percussion Software. "We’re delighted to welcome Deidre and Aaron to the Percussion team, and are confident they will help us continue to grow the organization and solidify our market leadership position."

New CEO Wants to MarkLogic in the Spotlight 

Ken Bado took over the CEO position at MarkLogic (newssite) with big ideas in tow. Specifically, to make MarkLogic the go-to provider for information management. In other words, this means the company is prepping to take on giants like Oracle and IBM. 

"MarkLogic has the foundation, the technology, and the people to be a multi-billion dollar company. In a relatively short time, the company has experienced tremendous growth and now it is my job to multiply it ten times over," he said.

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And while the company may have a solid product under its hood, that doesn't take away from the fact that it's relatively unknown. Redirect yourself here for more details on Bado's aim, as well as a bit on that whole big data thing. 

DreamWorks Co-founder Joins Zynga

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is changing up his game by, well, getting into gaming. As the most recent add to Zynga's (newssite) board of directors, one of the founding fathers of modern story telling will certainly help the company evolve from Silicon Valley start-up (best known for FarmVille) to large consumer brand name and entertainment company. 

“I knew he’d be a great fit for the board after he suggested that the blockbuster of 2011 could be ShrekVille," said Zynga’s CEO and Founder Mark Pincus. “DreamWorks Animation is a revolutionary technology company, a recognized consumer brand, and at its core, a media company. It’s easy to see the value that Jeffrey will add to Zynga as we grow and look for more ways to delight our players." 

IDEAlliance Welcomes New Chairman of the Board

Lisa Bos, co-founder of of Really Strategies Inc., has accepted the position as Chairman of the Board at IDEAlliance. In her new role, Bos will assist media creation, production and distribution. 

“We are grateful to have Lisa’s level of expertise on the IDEAlliance Board of Directors,” stated David J. Steinhardt, IDEAlliance CEO. Steinhardt continued, “Lisa provides guidance to publishers on technology choices on a daily basis at Really Strategies. We are honored that she will be granting us with the key assets needed to bring our company into the future of content and media.”