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Nuance Communications Leadership

Meet the Nuance Management team

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Paul Ricci

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Paul Ricci joined as the company Chief Executive Officer in September 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 1999. During his tenure, Paul has successfully led the company through significant growth and strategic acquisitions and business alliances that have transformed the company into the world’s leading provider of speech solutions. Previously, Paul spent nearly a decade at Xerox Corporation, where he served as president of the desktop system division and a corporate vice president. Paul holds B.A. and Master's degrees in Economics from Stanford University.


Bruce Bowden

Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Development and Legal
Bruce Bowden leads Nuance’s company-wide strategy, corporate development and legal organizations. He utilizes deep industry knowledge to drive the business through acquisitions and critical business relationships, and is responsible for Nuance’s legal, intellectual property, investor relations, corporate governance and regulatory activities. Bruce came to Nuance in 2010 from Nokia, where he led the company's global merger and acquisition activity, and he previously held strategy and corporate development leadership positions at PepsiCo, neufCegetal (Paris, France) and the Boston Consulting Group. Bruce holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.


Trace Devanny

President, Healthcare Division
Trace Devanny is president of the Healthcare division at Nuance Communications, where he leads the innovation, operations, customer engagement and market expansion for the company’s clinical documentation offerings. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of the Trizetto Group, where he led overall operations and corporate functions for the company. Devanny has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, having held senior management roles in software, technology and healthcare informatics. Prior to joining Trizetto he was president of Cerner Corporation for eleven years, a global provider of healthcare solutions. Earlier in his career, Devanny was president and COO of ADAC Healthcare Information Systems and held a series of executive positions with IBM. Devanny holds a BA degree from the University of the South.


Michael Rich

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Document Imaging Division
Michael Rich is the executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Document Imaging Division, responsible for market-leading office productivity solutions that include eCopy, Equitrac, PDF Converter, Omnipage and PaperPort.  Previously, Mike was senior vice president, worldwide sales for Nuance Document Imaging and Dragon. Mike joined Nuance through the 2011 acquisition of Equitrac where he served as President and CEO for nearly 10 years. Mike has more than 30 years of leadership experience in technology. He earned both a MS Degree in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Miami. Mike also holds a BS in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Florida.


Bill Robbins

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Bill joined Nuance in 2013 and oversees all aspects of the company's revenue generation, including customer and partner relationships, sales strategy, and operations of the Nuance sales organization. He brings to Nuance a history of strong sales and business achievement through 25 years of executive leadership in sales, operations, market development and process improvement. Bill joined Nuance from [24]7 where he served as Chief Operating Officer and from Symantec where he served for ten years as executive vice president, Worldwide Sales & Services, in addition to other leadership roles. He earned Economics and Finance degrees from Southern Methodist University.


Dan Tempesta

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dan Tempesta assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nuance in July 2015. Since joining Nuance in 2008, Dan has held several senior finance roles, having most recently served as Nuance’s Chief Accounting Officer, Corporate Controller and Senior Vice President of Finance. Dan brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including extensive financial and operational experience with publicly held companies and accounting firms. During his time at Nuance, Dan has led the majority of Nuance’s finance and accounting operations, as well as tax, treasury, order management and internal control activities. He received an accounting degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Mike Thompson

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile & Consumer Division
Mike Thompson is the executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Mobile & Consumer Division. He is responsible for the innovation and proliferation of speech-enabled personal assistants and keyboards across mobile phones, tablets, automobiles, TV, gaming, desktop, wearables, home automation, and other consumer electronics. Thompson joined Nuance in 2003, after being acquired as part of SpeechWorks, a pioneering voice recognition start-up. Thompson originally started as an executive in the Nuance Enterprise Division. He launched the Nuance Mobile Cloud Team in 2006 after spending two years in Europe. Thompson graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Mechanical Engineering. He earned an MBA from Cornell University.


Robert Weideman

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Division
Robert Weideman is the executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Enterprise Division, responsible for customer self-service solutions that are used by leading organizations around the world to automate and optimize the customer care experience. Robert is driving the team behind Nina, the Virtual Assistant for customer service, which delivers human-like customer service for contact center, mobile and web apps. In his tenure with Nuance he has been the general manager for the Dragon and Imaging businesses, as well as SVP of international marketing in EMEA. Previously he has been chief marketing officer for ScanSoft from 2001 until 2004, and vice president of marketing for the Adobe Systems' portfolio company Cardiff Software from 1999-2001. He has also held senior marketing and management roles at and CA (Computer Associates).


Dawn Howarth

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Dawn Howarth has global responsibility for the company’s talent management programs including workforce planning, total rewards and systems, employment, learning and organizational development programs. She partners with the executive team on strategic organizational initiatives and plays an active role in the company's acquisition diligence and implementation strategy. Previously, Ms. Howarth held human resources management positions at UFP Technologies and Future Electronics. She is an active member of NEHRA and SHRM and holds a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Lesley University.


Thomas (T.) Brown, IV

Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Enterprise Professional Services
T. Brown leads the global information technology group and drives the effective use of IT to support agility and productivity across Nuance’s businesses. Additionally, he oversees the Enterprise global services organization. This role encompasses the global strategy and day-to-day operations for Enterprise’s professional services, product management, technical support, and business consulting teams focused on all channels of the business. Prior to joining Nuance in 2008, T. served as Chief Operating Officer at Viecore, and has held senior leadership positions at Hewlett Packard, Bell Laboratories, and Hughes Aircraft Company. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Penn State University, and an MS degree in Computer Science from UCLA.


Vlad Sejnoha

Chief Technology Officer
As Nuance's Chief Technology Officer, Vlad Sejnoha oversees Nuance's research and focuses on core technology and product strategy, with an emphasis on emerging areas including natural language processing and mobile applications. Prior to joining Nuance, Vlad was the Chief Scientist at L&H, and earlier at Kurzweil AI, where he was responsible for creating technology for a number of commercially successful speech recognition products, including large vocabulary continuous speech dictation systems. Vlad has over 20 years experience in the field of speech recognition and holds thirteen US patents.

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