Datatel Appoints John Shea as Chief Marketing Officer

Datatel, Inc. today announced that it has appointed John Shea as chief marketing officer. In this position, Shea will focus on a range of product and strategic initiatives to facilitate the company's next stage of growth. He most recently served as chief marketing officer of Rivermine, a leading provider of automated solutions that enable organizations to control their communications expenses.

Shea brings over 20 years of technology experience to Datatel. He has a consistent track record of rapidly scaling businesses. At Rivermine, he was responsible for overseeing corporate and product strategy, product marketing/management, demand creation, mergers and acquisitions, training, and corporate communications. His efforts resulted in the successful acquisition of the company in late 2010.

Before Rivermine, Shea served as vice president of product marketing, management and corporate strategy for Nuance, the leading provider of speech solutions worldwide. Shea joined Nuance in 1998 during its early stages and was a key member of the management team that helped to grow the company from four live customers to over 1,000 during his six-year tenure. He was heavily involved in Nuance's highly successful initial public offering, which resulted in a market valuation of over $5 billion.

Earlier in his career, Shea worked for Intel, Inc., and was a member of its Pentium Processor marketing team that helped to grow product shipments from zero to over 10 million units per quarter in two years. He also has held marketing and technical positions at OnLive Technologies and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

Shea holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master of business administration in marketing with highest honors from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

"John is an extraordinary addition to our executive team," said John F. Speer, Datatel president and CEO. "His exceptional track record in successfully growing technology businesses, deep understanding of scalable marketing processes, and keen focus on customer success will help us deliver outstanding solutions to our customers and accelerate our strong financial results."

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"I'm excited to be joining the Datatel team," said Shea. "The company has built strong customer relationships and delivers leading-edge products to the higher education marketplace. I look forward to helping colleges and universities realize new levels of value with Datatel's solutions."