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Nuance Communications Leadership

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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
As executive vice president and chief financial officer at Nuance, Tom is a key member of Nuance's executive team, where he is focused on optimizing shareholder value by providing leadership across the company's global financial operations. In his role, Tom leads Nuance's accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury, investor relations, information technology and administrative functions. He brings more than 30 years of experience providing financial and operational leadership and support to small businesses and global enterprises. Tom joined Nuance in July 2008 from Polaroid Corporation where he was president, CFO, and COO, responsible for the strategic and operational transformation of the company. Previously, he has held senior finance positions at Parametric Technology, i2, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. Tom holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees 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.

 

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.

 

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 & 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 TGS.com and CA (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

Nuance CMO and General Manager, Dragon
Peter oversees the worldwide marketing for Nuance. In addition, Peter is responsible for all aspects of the Dragon desktop software business, the leading voice recognition solution for PCs and Macintosh computers. Peter joined the company in 2004 as the vice president of worldwide marketing for the speech division. 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. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Massachusetts.

 

Jeanne McCann

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
As CIO, Jeanne McCann leads the global information technology group and drives the effective use of IT to deliver agility and productivity to Nuance’s businesses. She also works on matters of strategy and operational excellence and is the senior executive sponsor for the company’s IBM relationships. Jeanne joined Nuance in 2001, and has held diverse leadership roles within R&D, division and business operations. Prior to joining Nuance, Jeanne led R&D programs at Lernout & Hauspie and before that Dragon Systems and Wang. Jeanne 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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