Leadership

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Brian Utley

President & CEO

Brian Utley leads Periscope Holdings, Inc., laying the foundation on which the company has built its leading purpose to eradicate waste and maximize value. Brian takes a customer-oriented approach in leading Periscope, ensuring that all business functions align with Periscope’s purpose. This dedication helps the company to succeed in saving money and enhancing transparency for the public sector entities and institutions of higher education it serves.

Brian is a public procurement thought leader, known for actively driving innovation and striving to deliver on the promise of purpose-based procurement. In earlier years, he was employed at a government agency, which is where he acquired the initiative to raise efficiency and streamline processes for the public sector.

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Chris Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Chris Kennedy is responsible for executive leadership over all the solutions Periscope provides to our customers, including product, development, technology infrastructure, implementation services, and support.

Chris has been with Periscope since 2005, serving as Vice President of Services until December of 2015. During that period, he led Periscope’s teams working directly with customers to implement and support our eProcurement implementations at states, local governments, school districts, and universities across the nation.

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David Nelson

Chief Financial Officer

David Nelson provides strategic financial leadership to Periscope. As CFO, he is focused on managing rapid growth and profitability while aligning strategic business functions to create value. David brings 30 years of finance and operations management experience in both large public and small high-growth technology companies.

Prior to joining Periscope, David was Chief Financial Officer and VP Finance Planning and Analysis at Q2 Holdings, where he played a key role in the company’s significant growth and successful IPO. Prior to Q2, he was Chief Financial Officer and/or Chief Operating Officer at four successful startup technology companies, including Trillion Partners, Salion, Hire.com and Merrin Financial. David started his career at ITT Corporation in various finance and accounting positions as well as a year as Assistant to the Chairman.

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Cesar A. Gonzalez

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer of Periscope Holdings, Cesar Gonzalez is responsible for technical leadership, strategy, growth, and innovation to further develop and enhance the Periscope Holdings offerings. With over 20 years of technology industry experience working for both enterprise solution providers and a number of high-growth startups, Cesar brings a passion for building exceptional engineering teams, encouraging innovation, developing leaders, and delivering scalable, highly available solutions that deliver results.

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Jean A. Clark

FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, President, NIGP Commodity/Services Code

Jean A. Clark possesses over 30 years of public procurement experience at the state and local level, and is retired from the State of Arizona after serving almost 10 years as the State Procurement Administrator. In her current position as President of the NIGP Code, Jean’s primary responsibility includes management of the NIGP Code and Consulting programs with a focus on assisting government agencies in achieving a high performing procurement organization.

She is a Past President for the Arizona Capitol Chapter and Past President for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP). She is also a Past President of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council and Past Treasurer of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.

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John Kanarowski

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Supplier Services

As Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Supplier Services, John Kanarowski is responsible for the strategic leadership of Periscope’s Supplier Business. John’s passion and expertise is in building strategies, processes, and teams from the ground up. Prior to Periscope, he grew and led the value management organization at Workday.

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Mark Didlake

Mark Didlake

Vice President, Sales at Periscope Holdings

Mark Didlake has over 10 years of experience selling SaaS solutions into the public sector. In 2014, Mark joined Periscope Holdings to help Public CIO, CPO and CFOs around the country solve procurement challenges with BuySpeed eProcurement solutions. As Vice President, he leads the Periscope Sales Team through the process of securing new buyer and supplier business across the United States, as well as managing existing customer accounts.

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