President & CEO
Deidre Diamond leads all aspects of Percussion's organization, defining its strategy and leading operations. Throughout her career Deidre has built large-scale sales and operations teams that achieve high performance by creating possibilities that are above and beyond the usual. By establishing a communication framework throughout the organization, Deidre forges a culture of positive energy, career advancement and a focus on success that harnesses the team’s potential and enables them to reach beyond peak performance.
Previously Deidre led sales at Percussion's sister company, Rapid7, a provider of Unified Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing solutions. Deidre’s teams doubled the company’s new revenue each of the last four years. By creating a culture of success from driving both transactional and enterprise level sales, Rapid7 is today achieving critical market scale.
Prior to Rapid7, Deidre built and led the sales team at Stride and Associates, providers of technology recruiting solutions and also a sister company to Percussion. While at Stride and Associates, Deidre hired, trained, and developed the inside telesales team that grew to over 27 offices and 90 practice teams throughout the United States.
Deidre earned a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice from California State University-Fullerton.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Somol joins Percussion as Chief Financial Officer where he is responsible for leading finance and corporate development as well as helping to drive business strategy. Mark is deeply passionate about building technology companies stemming from his 20 year career in both venture-funded high-growth companies and as a venture capitalist.
Prior to joining Percussion, Mark served as CFO and COO at Mzinga, a social software and analytics company, and was a Principal at NeoCarta Ventures, a $300M venture capital fund. At NeoCarta, Mark worked closely with the CEOs of portfolio companies on business strategy, raising capital, M&A transactions, and operations. After beginning his career at Oracle, he helped to grow the Oracle Financing Division from a $150M US operation to a $500M global business.
Mark holds a BS in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Technical Officer
Vern is responsible for assessing market needs and creating the long term strategic vision for Percussion products and technology. In his 13 years at Percussion, he has defined or guided the product direction of virtually every Percussion product, including a foundational role in the Percussion CM System. He frequently speaks and writes on Web best practices and technologies such as the use of social media, content and XML.
Vern pursued graduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He blogs at http://www.percussion.com/contentions.
Vice President of Marketing & Strategy
Aaron Dun drives marketing and strategy for Percussion. Aaron has over 15 years’ experience leading marketing, and connecting marketing performance to sales achievement for technology companies. Aaron was most recently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Ness Technologies, a global technology services firm, where he led marketing for its $200M North American business unit and the company’s global interactive efforts. He was responsible for all aspects of marketing and inside sales, tripling marketing’s contribution to the unit’s pipeline in just 15 months.
Prior to Ness Technologies Aaron drove marketing for Lionbridge Technologies, a leading provider of translation services, where he helped launch their Freeway language portal that connects content management systems to its translation process. Previously he led global communications for Softscape and communications teams for Lois Paul & Partners a leading technology public relations agency.
Aaron holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA with high honors from Boston University.
Vice President, Engineering
Garry Baer joins Percussion as Vice President of Engineering where he will lead Percussion's entire product development organization across the company's products and the launch of new SaaS-based offerings. Garry has spent many years developing highly performing teams that deliver business value across the organization and to customers.
Previously Garry was responsible for all product operations at Visible Technologies, and a similar role at Cymfony as CTO & VP of Operations prior to the acquisition by Visible, where both companies are leaders in social media analytics and services offerings, Garry has held senior leadership roles at Saba, Kronos, and several other companies over his distinguished 30-year career.
Garry is passionate about technology innovation, driving product evolution, SaaS benefits, improving the customer experience, and building high-performance agile cultures where people can thrive and have fun!
Garry holds a BS in Computer Science from Boston University.
Vice President, Customer Success
Audra Ryan leads Percussion Customer Success organization, focused on developing and supporting the broad community of Percussion customers with best practices coaching, professional services, and technical support to ensure customers are achieving their online business goals with Percussion's software. Since joining Percussion in 2001, Audra has also been responsible for the global financial and administrative operations. Prior to joining Percussion, Audra was the Corporate Controller for both Marathon Technologies, a provider of high availability software products, and Spacetec IMC Corporation, a publicly traded provider of 3D interactive motion control hardware. Audra worked for Ernst & Young LLP in the Entrepreneurial Services Group, where she earned her CPA accreditation.
Audra holds a BS and MBA from Boston University.
Vice President, Human Resources
Nancy has been with Percussion for over eight years overseeing global Human Resources operations. Prior to joining Percussion, Nancy was Vice President of Operations at Bond Technologies and previously held senior positions at Chase Global Fund Services and Fidelity Investments.
Nancy received her MBA from Simmons School of Management and her BA from Framingham State College.