Friday, December 5, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Dec. 5

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Dec. 5, 2014
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OpenText to Acquire San Mateo-Based Actuate in $330 Million Deal
Sunnyvale-Based Blue Coat Names Michael Fey as President and COO
Kathleen Bayless to Retire as CFO of San Jose-Based Synaptics
Pleasanton-based Blackhawk Network Names Two to Board
Briefly Noted: Edgewater Networks, RHUB Communications


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IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District
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Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US
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o OpenText to Acquire San Mateo-Based Actuate in $330 Million Deal

San Mateo, Calif. -- Actuate, a San Mateo-based developer of open source business intelligence software and founder of the BIRT open source project, said on Friday it will be acquired by Canada-based OpenText in a deal valued at $330 million. Under the agreement, OpenText will launch a cash tender offer for company shares at $6.60 each. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. "We believe this agreement will enhance the OpenText product line through embedded analytics and open a new growth market," said Pete Cittadini, the president and CEO of Actuate. 

o Sunnyvale-Based Blue Coat Names Michael Fey as President and COO

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Blue Coat Systems, a Sunnyvale-based developer of security technology, has named Michael Fey as its president and COO. He succeeds David Murphy, who had served in the roles since 2012, and will continue as a strategic advisor to the company. Fey most recently was the executive vice president and general manager of corporate products at McAfee and CTO of Intel Security. Greg Clark, the CEO of Blue Coat, said the hire will help the company "reach the next level of its growth," following recent acquisitions of Norman Shark, Solera Networks and Crossbeam Systems. 

o Kathleen Bayless to Retire as CFO of San Jose-Based Synaptics

San Jose, Calif. -- Synaptics, a San Jose-based developer of human interface chips and sensors used in products such as smartphones, tablets and notebook computers, said that Kathleen Bayless will retire as its senior vice president and CFO in February. The company has hired an executive search firm to help find her successor. Bayless has been with the company for more than five years. "She has made invaluable contributions during periods of rapid transformation and expansion and will be leaving the company in a very strong financial position," said CEO Rick Bergman. Synaptics also raised its second quarter revenue outlook, with revenue now expected to be between $440-$460 million, up from its prior guidance of $415-$450 million. 

o Pleasanton-based Blackhawk Network Names Two to Board

Pleasanton, Calif. -- Blackhawk Network, the Pleasanton-based operator of a prepaid and payments network, on Friday named Jane Thompson and Richard Bard to its board of directors. Thompson previously held executive committee roles at Walmart and Sears, and Bard is the founder, chairman and CEO of Bard Capital Group. The company's board now has 10 members. 

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(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Edgewater Networks, a provider of managed services platforms used to deliver IP-based voice, video and data services, on Friday named Mike Ward as its senior vice president of worldwide sales. Ward most recently was the senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations at Seven Networks. 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based RHUB Communications, a developer of on-premise web, video and audio conferencing tools, on Friday named Raymond Hsu as its senior vice president of worldwide sales. Hsu previously served as the CEO of Brace Mobile.

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> Software Developer - Falls Church, Virginia

THE CENTECH GROUP, Inc. (CENTECH) is seeking a talented Senior Software Developer with in-depth full lifecycle software development experience to support internal application development efforts in Falls Church, VA. As a part of our development team, this member will interface with business stakeholders to perform business requirements elicitation and analysis; execute the development of approved designs and work packages; perform complex system builds and deployments; perform unit testing and provide post deployment management. Required skills: C#, ASP. NET, .NET Framework, Web Forms/Services, SQL Server, Javascript, JQuery, TFS, Source Safe, Stored Procedures, DB administration, and some SP preferred. Send resumes to: and reference this Tech Wire job posting. EOE/M/F/D/V

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> Chief Information Officer - Washoe County, Nevada

Reporting to the Assistant County Manager, the CIO will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Technology Services Department and provide guidance and support to the Information Technology Advisory Committee. As the Department Director, the CIO will oversee a staff of 75 employees in deploying, utilizing, and leveraging information technology to enhance productivity, broaden the capabilities, and reduce the operating costs of Washoe County government. A Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of progressively responsible management experience managing IT services is required. Salary range is $109,886 to $142,834 DOQ plus excellent executive benefits. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquiries to (916) 630-4900. Send cover letter, resume, and current compensation to  prior to December 5, 2014.

> IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District

Nestled between the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada and the greater Bay Area, the Chief Financial Officer for the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) is conducting a national search to find an experienced Information Technology Services Department Manager. Ideal candidates will be highly skilled technology professionals. The successful candidate must have a proven and verifiable track record with providing technology solutions for leveraging existing systems and transitioning TID to a more integrated, contemporary, state-of-the-art technology organization with significantly improved technology applications to support all aspects of the public utilities administrative (finance, personnel, customer billing, and customer service) and operational needs. A Bachelor’s degree and at least ten (10) years of progressive experience with at least three (3) years of management experience required. Salary to $151,434. Interested candidate should email their resume and compelling cover letter to This position is open until filled; First review of resumes will begin 12/5/14. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquires to Robert Burg at 916/630-4900.

> Senior Manager, External Reporting - Mode Media, Brisbane CA

Mode Media is a leading vertical social media company with the largest online global reach in lifestyle and among the top 10 of the Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. venture-backed companies. The Sr. Manager, External Reporting has primary responsibility for all external reporting and compliance. This includes SEC reporting as well as all other regulatory agencies. This position will also act as coordination of any requirements globally. This person will work with the Corporate Accounting Group to provide assistance with the Company’s audit requirements and management of the public accounting firm (E&Y) during the quarterly and annual review/audit process. The manager helps build and maintain a “World Class” accounting and operations service and support organization. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA required. 10 years’ experience, with at least 5 years of experience at public accounting firm, Big 4 preferred and 2 yrs experience as SEC reporting manager. Strong project management, leadership, relationship development and people management skills. Results orientation with an ability to manage the overall project, collaborate with different individuals across the organization and at target companies. To Apply:

> Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US

Current Analysis is seeking to recruit a Senior Analyst to join the Consumer Services US team contributing to Current Analysis' existing capabilities and coverage in the US mobile, fixed and converged providers of consumer’s services. The ideal candidate will have exceptional knowledge of the key US wireless players, service portfolios and strategies, with strong knowledge in the following areas: Mobile data, WiFi calling, carrier-OTT partnerships, the MVNO competitive landscape and emerging innovation in the areas of carrier-branded VAS. Qualified candidates should have relevant market knowledge as well as a proven ability to analyze companies their services portfolios and corporate marketing positions. 5+ years professional experience as an analyst, technical writer, journalist, marketing or product management in IT, telecoms or related fields. Experience in tracking and analyzing Consumer Services in the US. Proven written, verbal and interpersonal skills in English required. Proven public event and/or sales presentation experience. Effective prioritization and time management skills. Able to work independently from home office and travel moderately within the US. Bachelor’s Degree required. Current Analysis offers competitive compensation packages and benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k). We are an Equal Employment Opportunity organization. To learn more about Current Analysis, please visit us at Send resumes to

> Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco

Seeking dynamic leader to manage $22.5 million division budget and staff of 75. An exciting civil service career opportunity to match system management expertise to improve client’s quality of life and customer experience through technology. Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of increasingly responsible experience with at least 3 years of management experience is required. Salary range up to $174,382 plus outstanding benefits and retirement. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquires welcomed to Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Apply online at

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