PORTLAND, OR (April 27, 2016) – Janrain, the global leader in Customer Identity Management solutions, today announced that Jim Kaskade will succeed Larry Drebes as the company’s CEO, effective immediately. Kaskade joins Janrain after leaving his executive position at Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) where he led the formation of its largest line of commercial business as vice president and general manager of digital applications. Drebes, who founded Janrain in 2002, will remain the company’s CTO.
“Our latest round of funding has allowed us to continue to bring in exceptional talent to Janrain and expand our vision for the future of this company,” said Drebes. “Over the last quarter, Jim and I have been talking about how Janrain is perfectly positioned in the marketplace, and I’m extremely pleased he’s accepted this opportunity to lead our team and serve our clients as our new CEO.”
Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur who joins Janrain with more than 31 years of experience in complex enterprise technology, including 10 years as a startup CEO leading companies from their founding to acquisition. He has built multiple technology businesses in cloud computing, enterprise software, software as a service (SaaS), online and mobile digital media, online and mobile advertising, and semiconductors.
“Larry and his team are the reason why I’m here,” said Kaskade. “It has been exciting and humbling to learn about the Janrain story, starting back in 1999 when Larry was still at Yahoo!, studying the huge potential of social media. He recognized early on that there would be a need to manage the growing number of user identities, which led to his work starting the OpenID protocol and eventually Janrain itself. He created the category, now coined by industry analysts as Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM). As I look forward, the opportunity to leverage the data and analytics of identity is phenomenal. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Janrain journey.”
When Kaskade was at CSC, a global leader of next-generation IT services and solutions, he experienced Janrain’s market potential firsthand. He ran Big Data and Analytics, CSC’s fastest growing business that was responsible for integrating customer data across a hybrid on-premise and SaaS architecture, that included applications from IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Workday and others.
Kaskade began his career in data and analytics at Teradata (NYSE: TDC), a leader in enterprise data warehousing, analytic applications, and business intelligence services designed to maximize the intrinsic value of data, servicing Fortune 1000 companies across virtually all vertical markets.
The Janrain Customer Identity and Access Management platform helps brands build a unified view of their customers across all devices by collecting accurate customer profile data to power personalized marketing. The proprietary platform encompasses social login, registration, customer profile data storage, customer segments, customer insights, single sign-on, and engagement. Janrain powers customer identity management for brands like Pfizer, Samsung, Whole Foods, Fox News, Philips, Marvel, and Dr Pepper. Founded in 2002, Janrain is based in Portland, Oregon, with offices in London, Paris, and the Silicon Valley in California. For more information, please visit www.janrain.com and follow @janrain.
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