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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.


Tom Beaudoin

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Beaudoin is responsible for the company’s worldwide financial analysis and administrative operations. Tom joined Nuance in July 2008 from Polaroid Corporation where he was president, CFO, and COO. He brings more than 30 years of experience providing financial and operational leadership and support to small businesses and global enterprises. As president, COO and CFO of Polaroid he was responsible for the strategic and operational transformation of the company. He has also held senior finance positions at Parametric Technology, i2, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. Tom holds a B.S.B.A. degree and an M.B.A. from Babson College.


Bruce Bowden

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Bruce Bowden joined Nuance in 2010 to drive company-wide strategy and lead efforts to grow the business through acquisitions and business relationships. Bruce came to Nuance 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.


Todd DuChene

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Todd is responsible for Nuance’s legal, M&A, intellectual property, corporate governance and regulatory activities across Nuance’s global operations. Todd has more than 25 years of relevant experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of National Semiconductor Corporation, and holding General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer positions at other large global companies including Solectron, Inc., Fisher Scientific International, Inc. and OfficeMax, Inc. Previously, Mr. DuChene practiced law at Baker & Hostetler in its Corporate, Securities and M&A Group. Todd graduated from The College of Wooster and The University of Michigan Law School.


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.


Mike Thompson

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Division
Michael Thompson is the executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Mobile Division. In this role, he is responsible for the innovation, development, marketing and sale of speech-enabled and predictive text input solutions to the mobile phone, automotive, and consumer electronics markets. Thompson joined Nuance in 2003 and has held a variety of leadership positions at both the company's Massachusetts headquarters and internationally. Thompson holds a Professional Engineer's license in mechanical engineering and earned an M.B.A. at Cornell University after completing his undergraduate engineering studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


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 – from the call center to the the web and mobile devices. In his tenure with Nuance he has been the general manager for Dragon and Imaging products and 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, performing an instrumental role in establishing the W3C XForms XML standard. He has also held senior marketing roles at and Computer Associates.


Dawn Howarth

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Dawn Howarth has global responsibility for workforce planning, compensation, HRIS and benefits, employment, training, organizational development and employee relations 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.


Peter Mahoney

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Peter oversees the worldwide marketing for Nuance. Peter joined the company in 2004 as the vice president of worldwide marketing for the speech division and has most recently been the senior vice president and general manager of Dragon. Prior to Nuance, Peter held leadership roles in marketing, product management and operations at ATG, Engage and PictureTel after a successful career in sales and alliances at IBM. Peter has a B.S. from Boston College with a double major in Physics and Computer Science.


Jeanne McCann

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Jeanne is the senior Nuance executive for Nuance’s IBM relationships and also works on matters of R&D strategy, prioritization, and operational excellence.  Jeanne has been with Nuance for 10 years.  Prior to joining Nuance, Jeanne led development programs at Lernout & Hauspie and before that Dragon Systems and Wang.  Jeanne has over 30 years of experience in technology development leadership, and holds a B.A. from Simmons College and an M.B.A. from Babson College.


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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