Executive Perspective

Executive Perspective

The martinwolf Executive Perspective is a publication featuring a
thought-provoking interview with a leader in the mid-market space. Previous
interviewees range from sectors across the IT industry, from SaaS to
technology hardware companies, and private equity firms.

February 2018

John McCarthy

The latest issue of Executive Perspective features John R McCarthy, President and CEO of Mainline Information Systems. Under John's leadership, the privately owned company has undergone a dramatic transformation. In this interview, John walks readers through his career and the series of opportunities that informs his leadership today, such as the role he played in selling StorageApps to Hewlett Packard for $350 million. As his eyes were opened to the M&A market and "the ability to convert small organizations into large returns," he came across the opportunity to run Mainline alongside founder and owner Rick Kearney. As he discusses his...
January 2018

Dunn Scott

The latest issue of Executive Perspective features K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott, President, Managing   Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Partners, an investment management firm with approximately $2 billion under management. In this interview, Dun shares how his interest in the financing side of the IT industry led him to significant leadership opportunities. Speaking to the increasingly cutthroat lending landscape, where aggressive competition for deals has led to pricing battles, Dun explains how his team was able to expand beyond its traditional businesses by entering the private capital realm, and how the firm differentiates itself from competitors today.
December 2017

Thomas Volk

The latest issue of Executive Perspective features Thomas Volk, President and General Manager of Germany-based CANCOM, a publicly listed company worth over €1.2 billion. Thomas discusses how 30 years + of experience has taught him to build and manage businesses on a global level, structure organizations, and scale in a way that is first and foremost implementable. Thomas also shares what CANCOM's major priorities are heading into 2018 -- including leveraging the company's IP as the "trend toward cloud-based IT environments is accelerating." Later on, Thomas elaborates upon the term "digitization," the idea that all businesses should think about transformation...
November 2017

Peter Jackson

The latest issue of Executive Perspective features Peter Jackson, CEO and president of visual collaboration software company Bluescape. With more than two decades of experience growing innovative SaaS companies, Peter has held several positions as chief executive.  In this interview, Peter discusses what initially drew him to IT, how he has been able to adjust to the industry's rapid transformations, and how his journey in eliminating software inefficiencies has led him to Bluescape today. In addition to discussing the growth of display technology, Peter shares his thoughts on the challenges of the IPO market, the future of the digital wallet...
October 2017

Thomas Honoré

The October issue of Executive Perspective features Thomas Honoré, CEO and president of Columbus, an international services and solution provider headquartered in Denmark. Founded in 1989, Columbus is publicly traded on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and has over 1,200 employees worldwide. Appointed in 2011, Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry; with a strong background in software, services, and business application software, he has held previous Vice President and Director positions at Oracle and IBM, respectively. In this interview, Thomas discloses how Columbus achieved its transformation from mainly reselling third-party software to providing deep industry...
September 2017

Frank W. D’Alessio and Tom York

The first joint Executive Perspective issue features Frank W. D'Alessio and Tom York, presidents of Maintech and DecisionOne, respectively. DecisionOne, and its sister company Maintech, are both portfolio entities of Oak Lane Partners, a private equity company specializing in mid-market companies. In this interview, Frank and Tom share which distinct advantages emerge by operating as sister companies. Furthermore, Frank and Tom examine the driving forces behind increasing investor interest in the third-party maintenance market, of which Tom says is "more exciting than ever before." As both share their thoughts on the effect of cloud on IT infrastructure providers, they also...