Bill Hewitt brings 20-plus years of management experience to his new post as president and CEO of Kalido.
From his busy office in Burlington, Massachusetts, Bill Hewitt seldom has time to reflect on all the events that led up to his recent installment as the president and CEO of Kalido. To an outsider, though, Hewitt's 20 year-plus management career looks like the technology equivalent of a Broadway trouper's, the product of an environment that started with a long line of "IBMers." "At one point, we had 11 people in the direct and extended family at IBM - my father, my brother, his wife, my sister, her husband," Hewitt says. "It was a little incestuous but a great foundation for my business career." Hewitt spent 10 years at IBM, ending with a position in the services division where he looked at likely software partners and soon became enamored with the industry's growth and fast pace. That led to a chief marketing role at Hyperion and Hewitt's first taste of business intelligence. A couple of switches later, Hewitt was at PeopleSoft running industry solutions and, later, the global field marketing team. His last stop before Kalido was running Novell's Asia-Pacific operations. "It was all very positive, but I decided I wanted to see more of my family and wanted to be in a smaller company," Hewitt says. When the Kalido opportunity crossed his desk, Hewitt says the market, technology, investors and customers made the decision a "no-brainer." Jim Ericson spoke with Bill Hewitt about Kalido's positioning less than a year into his latest job.
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