Jahia Solutions Group, a Geneva-based digital experience software provider, has tapped a former Sitecore executive as its new CEO.
The company announced yesterday it named Michael Tupanjanin as the new top executive. He takes over for co-founder Elie Auvray, who founded Jahia and served as its CEO since 2005. Auvray moves to the position of chief product officer where he will be responsible for Jahia's Digital Experience Platform vision and strategy will work closely with the product development team.
Tupanjanin most recently served as the CEO at ArtLifting, a post he held for a little more than a year. He also serves on the company's board of directors. Tupanjanin led the expansion of a commerce platform and marketplace aimed at helping artists experiencing homelessness or living with disabilities. But his most notable post considering his new Jahia role is the job at Sitecore, a direct competitor of Jahia's. Sitecore and Jahia each made Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals in October 2016; Jahia as a "niche player" and Sitecore as a "challenger." Tupanjanin was Sitecore's chief revenue officer, where he led all global sales, services, customer support and partnerships. Sitecore, based in Copenhagen, offers digital experience and web content management software.
Jahia's latest product release came in October, where it announced a bi-directional connector for Salesforce. It was designed to help users create digital experiences from the Salesforce data. Auvray, known for his evangelism of the Jahia brand, called his CEO successor a "perfect match" with what Jahia's board of directors wanted.
Prior to Sitecore, Tupanjanin was the CEO of Metavana, a startup that developed algorithms to track social media for consumer expressions of opinions and emotions about companies products and services. He also served as executive vice president of FAST, an enterprise search provider that was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. He remained with Microsoft for another three years in order to lead the commercial integration of FAST and landed a spot at Microsoft's digital marketing platform group.
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