CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 6, 2020 - Quickbase, the leading low-code platform for operational agility, today announced that Deb Gildersleeve, who previously spent 12 years in IT leadership at Gartner, has been named chief information officer. She is the first CIO in Quickbase’s history.
The news follows a series of major announcements for Quickbase to bolster the executive team, expand and scale the company’s enterprise footprint, accelerate growth and drive operational agility throughout organizations, including former Mimecast COO Ed Jennings being named CEO and Bristol Myers Squibb CIO Paul von Autenried joining the board of directors. Gildersleeve will help the company rapidly adapt its technology by leveraging Quickbase and other platforms to support fast growth and operational agility, leading by example at the forefront of the movement of enterprise CIOs who are embracing low-code to drive rapid digital transformation.
“The CIO role at Quickbase is unique. It’s not just about our own technology and systems, but it’s also about building an inclusive community that supports leaders on their path to successful digital transformation,” Gildersleeve said. “That’s why I’m excited to join the team. I want to make Quickbase a leading example of what effective rapid-cycle innovation looks like, supporting our own fast growth with improved technology, while bringing together a more diverse set of voices and viewpoints across businesses to drive operational agility."
Deb has long been a proponent of strong relationships between IT and business users and is a champion for highly collaborative relationships that enable effective problem solving and rapid innovation. “Traditionally, business users haven’t thought of IT as a true partner to help solve their problems but as a blocker that’s often overly focused on budget and resources. This sense has been exacerbated by shifting priorities and dollars due to COVID-19,” Gildersleeve said. “In the name of speed, business users often opt to find their own tech solutions, leaving IT teams to put the pieces together after the fact. That’s not a scalable way to grow, nor is it safe or productive. Our platform enables the fast, collaborative problem solving needed in today’s changing business environment.”
Deb has a proven track record of managing relationships across the business, driving new processes and developing and leading teams across all areas of IT. She most recently headed up commerce technology provider Pitney Bowes’s business unit IT after serving as CIO of online marketing place data and analytics company Potoo, where she expanded and transformed the IT team, incorporating agile IT practices and implementing a new CRM. In addition, she served in IT leadership roles at Gartner for nearly 12 years, including managing the integration of global infrastructure and operations for Gartner’s acquisition of CEB.
“The reality today is that people across every business–from operations pros to IT developers to functional leaders–are under incredible pressure to adapt and evolve at a pace their technology resources were never intended to support. And our organization is not exempt from these concerns--we increasingly have the needs of a large, mature enterprise but have an infrastructure that doesn’t always support that,” said Ed Jennings, CEO of Quickbase. “That’s why we’re thrilled to bring on Deb in the new CIO role. She will help us transform our own technology to better scale with our fast growth in the face of increasing business complexity. From migrating to new systems to better leveraging our own platform, Deb will help us drive more operational agility internally so we can better serve customers going through similar challenges.”
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