John Aiello, Chairman of the Board, The SAVO Group
John co-founded The SAVO Group in 1999 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to October 2010. His passion for improving sales/marketing effectiveness helped pioneer and evangelize the Sales Enablement category. Prior to founding SAVO, John served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sundance Homes, and as Brand Manager for the Miller Brewing company.
John received his BA from the University of Illinois. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he is currently serving as an adjunct professor focused on entrepreneurship. In 2009, he and SAVO co-founder Drew Larsen were inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. He has previously served on the Boards of the Adler Planetarium, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. He currently serves on the Boards of several software companies as well as several non-profit organizations. He and his wife Carla live in the suburbs of Chicago with their two sons.
Steve Collins, Independent Board Member
Steve is the former Chief Financial Officer of digital marketing pioneer ExactTarget and has more than 20 years of experience leading the finance teams of high growth market leaders. While at ExactTarget, Steve served as a key leader in driving the company’s rapid growth and its successful IPO through to its acquisition by salesforce.com for $2.5 billion. Prior to ExactTarget, Steve served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NAVTEQ Corporation, a leading Chicago-based digital mapping provider with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Prior to NAVTEQ, Steve co-founded a venture capital firm and held several financial leadership positions with The Walt Disney Company. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David Graham, Vice President, Sterling Partners
David Graham is a member of the investment team at Sterling Partners, a growth-oriented middle market private equity firm. In addition to overseeing the SAVO investment, David is responsible for managing Sterling’s relationships with third-party capital providers, arranging financing for new and existing portfolio companies and management and oversight of the active portfolio. Prior to Sterling Partners in 2015, David worked in the private placement group at Lincoln International, a middle market investment bank, and also worked at The Northern Trust Company and DRW Trading group. David holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Doug Higgins, Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
At Sapphire Ventures, Doug manages the firm’s investments in LinkedIn, Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Black Duck Software, Imprivata, iYogi, Return Path, SAVO, Spring Mobile Solutions and Convercent. Prior to Sapphire Ventures, Doug ran worldwide business development and strategic partnerships at CollabNet. He also launched the business development group for Lucasfilm, where he created strategic partnerships for Star Wars prequels. Doug started his career in investment banking, with a focus on technology, at Robertson Stephens. More recently, he managed the Intel 64 Fund at Intel Capital. Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jason Liu, Chief Executive Officer, SAVO
Jason’s extensive technology background includes decades of executive experience within software, mobile and cloud systems management industries. With strong experience in general, strategic and operational management, he has a proven track record of leading companies through substantial revenue and valuation growth. Prior to joining SAVO, Jason was an operating affiliate with Vector Capital and interim CEO of Allegro. During his tenure, Jason was responsible for leading the company through significant growth and profitability.
Immediately prior, Jason was the CEO of Automic Software (formerly named UC4 Software), a global leader in IT process automation. He successfully led the company through significant accelerated growth and eventual sale to EQT Funds. Other senior executive experience includes CEO of Univa and Intrinsic Technologies, and serving as chief financial officer for Ravisent Technologies, where he led the seed-stage company’s dramatic growth and its distinction as the “9th Fastest Growing Company in the United States from 1994 to 1998 (Deloitte & Touche/Forbes).
Jason holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington University.
Michael McGinn, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing
Michael is the co-head of Private Capital Investing, which specializes in non-control private equity investments. He is a member of the Americas Special Situation Group’s (AmSSG) Illiquid Investment Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, Mike worked in AmSSG’s Multi-Strategy Investment Group and its Specialty Lending Group. Earlier in his career, Mike was an analyst in Global Investment Research. Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an analyst. He was named managing director in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked at The Vanguard Group for two years.
Michael serves on the boards of U.S. Development Group, LLC, Renal Ventures Management, LLC and Regulatory DataCorp. He graduated magna cum laude from The University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a BBA in Finance and Business Economics.
Danny Rosenberg, Managing Director, Sterling Partners
At Sterling Partners, Danny manages the firm’s investments in First Choice Emergency Room, Meritas and SAVO. Prior to joining Sterling Partners in 1999, Danny worked at Vector Securities International and Heitman Financial. Danny is a founding member, former Chairman and current Board Member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Holger Staude, Investor, Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing
Holger Staude works in the Private Capital Investing team, part of Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Americas Special Situations Group. In that capacity, Holger invests in private, middle market companies throughout North America in the technology and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Holger worked at Allen & Company. Investments include: AFS Technologies, Clarizen, Renal Ventures Management, Resolute Anesthesia and Pain Solutions, and SugarCRM. Holger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University.