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. He most recently orchestrated the turnaround at PHD Virtual as Chairman and CEO. After multiple CEO’s, Insight Venture Partners brought in Charlton from Shunra Software, another portfolio company. Citrix Systems then invested in the company and seven record quarters of growth followed from Q3 2010 to Q1 2012. PHD Virtual was acquired by Unitrends in 2013.
Prior to PHD Virtual, Charlton was CEO of Shunra Software. The investors were Insight Venture Partners in New York and Carmel Ventures in Israel. He assumed control in 2007 and the company experienced nine record quarters of revenue growth and profitability. 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, Charlton was the CEO of VoiceGenie Technologies in Toronto, Canada. VoiceGenie, investors included Insight Venture Partners in New York, TRL Investments and Techbanc Inc. of Canada. Charlton led the organization to six quarters of record growth and a return to profitability. 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, Charlton was CEO of Trailblazer Systems. As CEO Charlton and his team doubled revenues in 12 months. Fast growing and profitable, they were 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.
Charlton began his management career at US Surgical where he held several leadership positions, ultimately responsible for a Business Unit with revenues of $220M.
Charlton spent ten years as a Venture Partner with Insight Venture Partners. In this capacity, he maintained his CEO role and consulted with portfolio companies on initiatives including organizational restructuring, growth planning, and CEO coaching.
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