Tom Cotney is recognized globally as an expert on the subject of operating and growing technology businesses. In both public and privately held companies, Tom‘s responsibilities have ranged from the turnaround of start-ups to managing teams of over 8,500 professionals delivering service from 3 continents to clients across the globe.
His experience includes the SaaS business model, consulting, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing. His technical resume includes application development, IT infrastructure, and contact center management. Tom’s functional skill set includes the sales, human resources, finance, marketing and service delivery associated with these technical areas.
With IBM Global Services Tom had direct responsibility for the development, closure and delivery of nearly 50 different outsourcing agreements, including five of the company’s ten largest, and its first BPO engagement. At Apple in the early 1990’s, he had responsibility for the company’s enterprise sales force.
As the founder and CEO of ExperientPartners, Tom brings a strong base of general management expertise to investors and operators in small to mid-sized companies. With Experient, Tom has excelled in a number of roles including, CEO in turnarounds, consulting projects to companies up to $2 billion in size, board advisor to technology firms in their growth phase, and deal driver during exits.
From 2008 to 2011, Tom served as board member and CEO of Air2Web where he orchestrated a successful exit for its investors via a sale in 2011 to Velti PLC.. Tom also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Encover, Inc., a technology enabled outsourcing provider which was acquired in November of 2010 by Synnex, Corp. Prior to accepting the position of CEO at Mblox, he served as an advisor to Catavolt, Inc., a cloud based, B2B mobile provider with an award winning solution extending legacy enterprise applications to a wide variety of mobile devices.
Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where he is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He is also active in the Atlanta Community having raised over $3.5 million for the United Way and related charities. Tom and his wife Kathy reside in the US. The couple has three children.