Squirrel Hill enterprise search engine pioneer, Vivisimo
, is shifting into high gear with two powerhouse executives who are joining the growing team.
John Kealey (pictured right) and Kevin Calderwood (left) will serve as CEO and president respectively. Founder and former CEO Raul Valdes-Perez will become executive chairman. Both men bring two decades of executive management experience to the firm from Virginia where they both worked at iDirect Technologies and a mix of technologies and markets.
Both will serve on Vivisimo’s board of directors. In addition, Vivisimo has added Phil Carrai to its board of directors. Carrai is currently executive vice president of the $100 million IT solutions group for Kratos Defense, Inc.
"This rocket is ready to accelerate so we're looking for the best people to move forward," says Valdes-Perez who has been discussing the move for the past year. "We are a major player in enterprise search and have the best product on the market."
Valdes-Perez says he plans to devote more time to innovation technology development.
Kealey’s background includes more than 25 years in the communications and information technology business. He formerly served on Vivisimo’s advisory board and is the former president and CEO of iDirect Technologies in Herndon, VA, which he helped to grow into a global leader with $120 million in revenue. The company was acquired by Singapore Technologies in 2005.
Calderwood was a founder and managing partner of venture capital firm Amp Capital Partners in Reston, VA, and Palo Alto, CA. He served as executive manager for two Amp Capital portfolio companies and was chairman of the board of iDirect until 2005.
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Vivisimo is one of the fastest growing companies in Pittsburgh. The firm employs 100 and has plans to hire people in technology, engineering and professional services in the coming year.
“After nine consecutive years of growth and a loyal customer base that spans markets and geographies, Vivisimo’s potential couldn’t be greater,” says Calderwood. “I’ve worked for many companies over the years, but none have had this perfect storm combination of the right product with a hungry, growing market and, of course, the right people. The opportunity here is remarkable.”
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Writer: Debra Diamond Smit
Source: Raul Perez-Valdez, Leo Tignini, VivisimoImages courtesy Vivisimo