Thomas Charlton, Chairman and CEO of Goliath Technologies
As Chairman and CEO, Thomas Charlton is responsible for the strategic direction and global expansion of Goliath Technologies.
Thomas Charlton most recently orchestrated the turnaround at PHD Virtual as Chairman and CEO. After multiple CEO’s, the majority shareholder, Insight Venture Partners, brought in Mr. Charlton from Shunra Software, another portfolio company. Seven record quarters of growth followed from Q3 2010 to Q1 2012 driven by the acquisition of four new customers per business day. During this time, Insight Venture Partners and a new investor, Citrix Systems, provided additional equity financing. PHD Virtual was acquired by Unitrends in 2013.
Prior to PHD Virtual, Mr. Charlton was President and CEO of Shunra Software. The company was funded in 2004 by Insight Venture Partners in New York and Carmel Ventures in Israel. He assumed control in 2007 and, after nine record quarters of revenue growth, returned the company to profitability in 2009. Shunra is based in Israel with offices in London and Philadelphia. Shunra received a number of awards in 2008 including Software Test and Performance Award, Internet Telephony’s Excellence Award, Infoworld’s 2008 Technology of the Year Award, and TMC’s Product of the Year Award.
Prior to Shunra, Mr. Charlton was the CEO of VoiceGenie Technologies in Toronto, Canada. VoiceGenie, was funded by Insight Venture Partners in New York, TRL Investments and Techbanc Inc. of Canada. Mr. Charlton went to Canada to lead the organization which subsequently enjoyed a return to profitability and six quarters of record growth. Under his leadership, VoiceGenie was recognized in Canada’s “Hot Profit 100”, ranked #1 by IDC, and received multiple awards including: The Technology Pioneer Award by TMC, The Product of the Year Award by CCW, and Sales Innovation Award by TMC. VoiceGenie was acquired by Alcatel in 2006.
Before VoiceGenie, Mr. Charlton was CEO of Trailblazer Systems. The founder-owned company, based in Atlanta, designed and marketed Ecommerce EDI software. Mr. Charlton and his team doubled revenues in 12 months. The founders, approached by an acquirer decided to exit the fast growing and profitable company. Trailblazer Systems was acquired by Nu Bridges in 2004.
Tidal Software in Palo Alto, California, offered Charlton his first CEO opportunity. Tidal Software was funded by JP Morgan Chase, Vantage Point, and Novus Ventures. He joined the team initially as VP of Sales and became CEO 18 months later. The company was recognized as: Visionary by Gartner, Upside Magazines “Hot 100”, Silicon Valley Business Journals “100 Fastest Growing Companies”, and Ranked #4 by IDC. Tidal was acquired by Cisco in 2009.
Mr. Charlton began his management career at US Surgical, the pioneer in Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Stapling. He held a number of sales management positions, ultimately responsible for the Western Area Business Unit with revenues of $220M.
Mr. Charlton spent ten years as a Venture Partner with Insight Venture Partners. In this capacity, he participated on due diligence teams prior to investment and engaged with portfolio companies to execute operational initiatives including recruitment of executive teams, organizational restructuring, growth planning, and general CEO coaching.
He has been featured in Inc. Magazine, CEO Magazine, New York Times, Businessweek, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Silicon Valley Business News, San Jose Mercury News, and CEO Intronet.
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