Gainesville, Fla. – January 8, 2014 – SumTotal® Systems, LLC, the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions, today announced that Hardeep Gulati, previously SumTotal’s chief operating officer, has been appointed chief executive officer of the company. As CEO, Mr. Gulati will lead a growth plan focused on accelerating the adoption of SumTotal’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Talent Expansion TM solutions, which improve employee engagement and performance by proactively delivering relevant content and interactions when and where employees need them.
“From the day he joined SumTotal’s executive team, Hardeep has had a significant impact on SumTotal’s business,” said Martin Taylor, Principal at Vista Equity Partners which purchased SumTotal in 2009. “His success in aligning operations, combined with his technical expertise, industry perspective and deep understanding of what drives customer success will prove invaluable as SumTotal continues to evolve its business to meet the myriad needs of a large and diverse customer base that demands flexibility, choice and the ability to leverage data analytics to drive strategic decision-making.”
Mr. Gulati joined SumTotal in 2011 as executive vice president of global products and customer service after almost a decade at Oracle, where he held several leadership positions, most recently as vice president of product strategy. Since joining SumTotal, Mr. Gulati has played a key leadership role in the deployment of numerous product development and customer satisfaction initiatives, most recently overseeing the launch of SumTotal’s groundbreaking human capital management and Talent Expansion platform, elixHR™. Mr. Gulati was named COO last year, assuming responsibility over several business units including services, cloud operations, engineering and customer support. As COO, Mr. Gulati successfully aligned and scaled SumTotal’s operations to ensure superior, end-to-end customer service and has been instrumental in expanding the company’s cloud business.
“SumTotal’s strong market position and recent innovations including elixHR™ platform, which enables a context-aware user experience, offer a significant advantage in the rapidly evolving talent management and HR software market,” said Gulati. “We understand that delivering customer success is key to converting this advantage into opportunity and are successfully partnering with our customers to ensure that our solutions are driving value across their organizations. I am confident that executing a strategy underpinned by customer success, product innovation and operational excellence will accelerate SumTotal’s growth and solidify the company as a true market leader.”
Mr. Gulati holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a Masters in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He earned his BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India.
Previous CEO, John Borgerding, who led the successful expansion of SumTotal and the integration of its acquired assets, will join Websense, a recently acquired Vista company. As president and COO, Mr. Borgerding will help lead the security software company’s transformation. He will continue to be involved in SumTotal’s operations through the end of the January to assist in the transition and will remain a member of SumTotal’s Board.
About SumTotal Systems
SumTotal Systems, LLC, the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN[ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX). The only HR solution provider to deliver Talent Expansion, a whole new approach to discovering, developing and unleashing hidden potential within our customers’ workforce, SumTotal delivers employee enablement solutions that help organizations become great places to work. SumTotal’s people-focused applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to advance employees’ skills and knowledge. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s on premise and cloud-based Talent Expansion applications to enable their employees.