Michael Murdoch Chief Executive Officer & President
Michael Murdoch is an innovator, an entrepreneur and a leader in the highly competitive high-tech marketplace. At present, he serves as CEO of AppRiver, a company he co-founded in 2002, which is now recognized as one of the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) firms for businesses worldwide. With more than two decades of business and product development experience, Murdoch has led AppRiver's explosive growth in the e-mail and Web security market segments. The company currently serves 45,000 businesses with more than eight million mailboxes around the globe. AppRiver's rapid rise to industry-leader status, along with its award-winning service led Ernst & Young to name Murdoch its Florida Entrepreneur of the Year® winner for 2009.
AppRiver was not Murdoch's first entrepreneurial venture. In the late 1990s, he co-founded a company called WaveNet, a full-service integrator specializing in network infrastructure and security solutions. With Murdoch at the helm, WaveNet expanded to several locations in the Southeastern United States. He also held management positions at National Business Group, Inc. (NBG), a nationwide VAR 500 systems integrator that was later acquired by Forsythe Technology, and MOM Corporation, a micro-to-mainframe systems pioneer.
Murdoch studied business at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA.
Joel Smith Chief Technology Officer
Joel Smith co-founded AppRiver with CEO Michael Murdoch in 2002, bringing with him more than a decade of experience in the technology sector where he focused primarily on network security and e-mail efficiency. Since AppRiver's inception, Smith has made it a priority to create and deliver mission-critical applications via a SaaS model. Working alongside a creative 25-person R&D staff, Smith has led the charge to bring secure messaging and Web solutions to more than 45,000 customers worldwide.
Since AppRiver's earliest days, Smith has played an integral part in the cloud computing revolution. Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to operate more efficiently with a secure infrastructure they can rely on since e-mail and Web security threats continue to evolve and develop on a daily basis. With AppRiver, any business is granted access to enterprise-grade applications for a fixed cost per employee per year, which is usually a fraction of the traditional in-house IT costs. The ability to adopt on-demand services on a pay-as-you-go basis gives each AppRiver customer greater cost-controls and flexibility.
Smith continues to successfully navigate his IT department through this "revolution" by offering innovative products and technologies. He pays close attention to customer feedback and network administrator needs, and by listening to his customers and analyzing the market, Smith develops forward-thinking technology projects that effectively meet today's growing market demands.
Prior to AppRiver, Smith launched Plugit.com, LLC, a successful hosting and Web application company in Pensacola, Florida. At Plugit.com, he architected a scalable and profitable hosting platform that supported a diverse mix of small, medium and large enterprise customers.
Smith studied business at the University of West Florida and completed his bachelor's degree at Troy University.
Scott Cutler Chief Operating Officer
Scott Cutler is a seasoned and proven leader in the high-tech industry who now serves as AppRiver's Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he oversees the development, design, and overall improvement of AppRiver's e-mail and Web security solutions. He is also responsible for day-to-day operational activities, including expense, cost and margin control, revenue and sales growth, and monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal management. One testament to Cutler's effectiveness is AppRiver's 93 percent customer retention rate since inception, an incredible record in the highly competitive e-mail and Web security business.
Before taking on his challenging role at AppRiver, Cutler was Director of North American Sales, Eastern Division at Connected Corporation, a leading provider of storage software for automated protection, archiving and recovery of distributed data.
Cutler has also held positions at National Business Group, Inc. (NBG), Eicon Technology Inc., and Microcom, Inc., where he secured a number of Fortune 500 clients across industries such as technology, telecommunications, travel, and financial services.
Cutler received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S.C. in Physical Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Bob Davis Chief Financial Officer
Bob Davis, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for overseeing AppRiver's financial and accounting policies, systems and processes, tax filing, regulatory compliance, payroll, accounts payable and receivables, internal controls, as well the company's ongoing financial modeling.
Davis joins AppRiver with more than three decades of accounting experience. Previously, he served as the Secretary/Treasurer for Fisher Brown Insurance where he successfully managed all accounting and Information Technology functions for the company. While at Fisher Brown Insurance, Davis was a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and a trustee of the ESOP. Additionally, he served on the AMS Product Development Committee, Delphi Product Development Committee, and as chairman for the Delphi SE Users Group.
Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University.
Tom Buoniello Senior Vice President of Product Management
Tom Buoniello serves as AppRiver's Senior Vice President of Product Management, a position that puts him on the leading edge of the company's efforts to bring new products to market and to find new customers for its current suite of security services. He brings to the position more than two decades of experience in information technology with a strong focus on security.
Prior to joining AppRiver, Buoniello was a Senior Solution Architect for the Global Strategic Alliances Team at Internet security giant AVG. There, he built and nurtured partner relationships worldwide, introducing them to the company's products and services..
Before moving to AVG, Buoniello led the email services product management team for MessageLabs, which was later acquired by Symantec. He also has served as Director of Strategic Alliances for Microsoft and was part of the executive team at Sybari Software, joining the company early on to create the Product Management and Marketing functions. Sybari was later acquired by Microsoft and its technology was incorporated into what is now Microsoft Forefront.
Buoniello brings to AppRiver a solid track record in uncovering partnership opportunities that complement internally developed technology, increase revenue, market share, and establish a competitive advantage in the email and messaging security marketplace
Buoniello completed Marketing MBA work at Hofstra University and a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University.
Rocco Donnino Executive Vice President of Corporate Development
As Executive Vice President for Corporate Development, Donnino leverages his combined expertise in sales, strategic business planning, corporate and OEM development to deliver strong and sustainable revenue gains for AppRiver's current and future growth. In his role, he is focused on increasing corporate value and revenue by developing and growing AppRiver's global reach through strategic partner channels, OEM licensing, as well as mergers and acquisition.
Donnino comes to AppRiver from AVG technologies where as SVP of Global Strategic Alliances, he was responsible for the development and execution of AVG's worldwide business development for the consumer and SMB market. His leadership helped the company grow and build strategic alliances with market leaders such as Google, Yahoo, Zynga, Microsoft, VeriSign, AMD, HSBC, Opera, and Virgin Mobile. Donnino also initiated new AVG product/OEM technologies that helped AVG reach new and emerging markets such as SaaS, PC optimization, managed security services, hosted web and email services and mobile security.
Donnino joined AVG from McAfee, where he was responsible for global OEM sales and strategic partnerships in the US and EMEA. He has previously held executive sales, channel and business development positions at Secure Computing, Shavlik Technologies, SurfControl, Microsoft and was among the earliest employees of Sybari Software, which was later acquired by Microsoft.
Donnino has a BA in Sports Medicine and Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and has participated in a variety of speaking engagements, and seminars on technology, partnerships and sales/channel communication.