Onyx Appoints New Marketing Chief

CRM vendor Onyx Software Corp. has appointed Ben Kiker as its senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Kiker will lead the company's global marketing team, and will be responsible for Onyx's marketing strategy, including product management and marketing, corporate marketing, demand generation, public and analyst relations, and vertical marketing. Kiker's career spans more than 14 years in the enterprise applications industry. Kiker served as vice president of corporate marketing for CRM vendor Clarify Inc. (now owned by Amdocs Ltd.). Before working at Clarify, Kiker served as director of field marketing for CRM vendor Vantive Corp. Prior to Vantive, Kiker served as director of brand marketing for Octel Communications, a provider of voice messaging products and services. Kiker replaces interim marketing vice president Bill Bunker, who has been named vice president of Onyx's financial services vertical market. A five-year Onyx veteran, Bunker will now lead Onyx's financial services vertical market and continue to serve on Onyx's executive management team. He will be responsible for all financial services activities at Onyx including sales, business development, alliance development, and product management. Before joining Onyx, Bunker worked for Apple Computer Inc., International Finance Corp., and Booz Allen & Hamilton. "Customer success is what matters here at Onyx," Brent Frei, chief executive of Onyx Software said in a statement. "We are focused on delivering the best on-time, on-budget CRM deployments, as well as the best customer satisfaction in the industry. Starting with naming John Fraser earlier this year as our senior vice president for the Americas, and now adding Ben to our marketing team and with Bill focusing on financial services, we have proven industry veterans who can each drive the results Onyx and its customers need." Other Executive Moves
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  • Applix, Inc. , a global provider of enterprise-wide interactive planning, analytics, and CRM solutions, has appointed of Howard Spielman, Ph.D., as vice president of business intelligence technology. Spielman will be responsible for the strategic direction and tactical implementation of business intelligence applications. Spielman has more than 20 years industry experience. Prior to joining Applix, he served as a business intelligence consultant in a variety of industries, including agribusiness, banking & finance, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Before working as a consultant, Spielman managed Worldwide Quality Assurance and Decision Support Systems and Decision Support Systems Advanced Development for Digital Equipment Corporation. Spielman holds a B.S. in Biology and Philosophy and an M.A. in Science Curriculum, and has conducted research at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Harvard University's Biological Laboratories. He also holds an MBA and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Administration and Computer Graphics.
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