Software giant SAS has appointed Andre Boisvert president and chief operating officer, effective immediately, to manage its software development, sales and support divisions. These include research and development, business solutions, worldwide marketing, sales, corporate communications, information systems, technical support, education and publications.
“This is the next step in SAS’ focus on being a market-driven company,” Jim Goodnight, SAS Institute CEO said. “Overseeing the company’s routine business and driving its overall technology and business strategy are duties too big now for one person. Andre’s management of day-to-day activities will free me to focus on the more strategic aspects. Half of SAS’ revenue now comes from outside North America, so that demands an organizational structure that lets me spend more time attending to the dynamic e-business needs of our customers around the globe.”
Also, Greyson Quarles was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer, reporting to Goodnight. He is responsible for managing worldwide organizational support departments, including human resources, finance and legal. Quarles joined SAS in 1982 as vice president of finance.
And Jim Davis was named vice president of worldwide marketing division, reporting to Boisvert. Davis manages the operations of strategy, business alliance and channel development, and marketing programs. Previously, he served as director of product strategy and was responsible for the direction of the company’s initiatives in data warehousing, decision support and information delivery. He joined SAS in 1994.
“SAS has long been a self-sufficient software supplier, marketing directly to customers,” said Bob Moran, research vice president with the Aberdeen Group. “With this more streamlined structure, SAS is morphing itself to its customers’ requirements.”
Boisvert, who continues to report to Goodnight, joined SAS in February as vice president of business development and strategic investments. He has been responsible for centralizing investment strategy, with a focus on companies that complement SAS’ core technologies.
With more than 25 years of experience in the software industry, Boisvert most recently served as a consultant to Microsoft. He became a special general partner of Southeast Interactive Technology Funds in 1998, after serving as a limited partner since 1996. In these capacities, he was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities for the fund and managing these investments at times. At the fund’s request, Boisvert acted as interim CEO for two of their portfolio companies, Alternate Realities and NetTech.
He has served as a member of top management for numerous software firms, including Oracle, Cognos, Wang Laboratories, Seer Technologies and Synon Corp. His planning and strategies reversed financial drains at several of these companies and resulted in large profit turnarounds.
Boisvert worked for IBM from 1976 to 1989 and currently serves on the board of directors of NovaWeb, Mayflower Software, Newtonian, Virtual Computer Co., SAS spin-off iBiomatics LLC, and SAS subsidiary DataFlux.
Software from SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company, is used at more than 33,000 business, government and university sites in 110 countries. 1999 revenues totaled $1.02 billion.