The aPriori senior management team has deep experience generated through leadership positions at top manufacturing and technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, Netegrity, Symantec, PTC, Oracle, Intel, OpenPages, Moldflow and ProfitLogic.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Feraday has over twenty years experience in driving high-growth software businesses in corporate and consumer markets. Prior to joining aPriori, Ms. Feraday held executive-level positions at marquis startup and Fortune 500 technology companies including Netegrity, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, Delrina and Virtusa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the University of Waterloo and completed graduate studies in business administration at the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Sales
Scott has extensive experience in growing global sales organizations, including more than 20 years of success at both large and entrepreneurial technology companies such as Hewlett Packard, Workgroup Technology, Progress Software, VISTAGY and Siemens PLM. Prior to working in the software industry, he worked in manufacturing engineering at Carrier Air Conditioning and Hamilton Standard. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Clarkson University. Scott is responsible for overseeing aPriori’s Global sales operation.
Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Product Management
Julie Driscoll is responsible for aPriori’s marketing strategy and product direction. Her focus is defining aPriori’s enterprise cost management suite and helping manufacturers use cost data to improve the value and reduce the cost of their products. She joined aPriori in early 2006, leading the professional services team. Julie brings over twenty years of marketing and service delivery experience, previously working in a variety of marketing and consulting management roles at Oracle, ProfitLogic and State Street Bank. Julie holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Babson College.
Vice President, Marketing
Rick is responsible for leading the company’s marketing and sales operations efforts to help drive aPriori’s revenue growth. Rick brings to aPriori 25 years of experience working with high growth software technology companies. He comes to aPriori from Oracle’s Agile PLM Business where he co-led the development of a highly successful global market development program. Prior to Oracle/Agile, he held a variety of marketing and business development roles in software companies focused on product development automation, including Eigner + Partner, PTC and Computervision.
Vice President, Professional Services
Michael leads aPriori’s services organization where he is responsible for success and satisfaction of aPriori’s customers. This includes implementation, training and support of aPriori solutions and partnering with clients to achieve optimal product cost management results. Michael brings over 25 years of experience working with clients to ensure they achieve full value from their software solutions. Most recently, Michael led the product management team at OpenPages where he was responsible for the platform direction and solutions design and development. With the acquisition of OpenPages by IBM, Michael led the successful integration of product management into IBM. Other companies where Michael has played a leadership role for services and product teams include Intel and Shiva Corporation.
Vice President, Engineering and CTO
Arnie has over 25 years of experience growing and managing engineering organizations, both onshore and offshore, for early stage and established software companies. He also has extensive experience developing on-premise, enterprise software applications, as well as SaaS solutions. Prior to joining aPriori, Arnie held executive engineering roles at a number of successful software companies including Lumesse, Alere Analytics, Healthrageous, Brainshark, SupplyWorks, Vality Technology, Segue Software and Primavera Systems. Arnie graduated with a degree in computer science from the University of Delaware and has a Ph.D. from The Wharton School.
Vice President, Cost Modeling
John Busa has more than 25 years of experience in commercial software for manufacturing industries. Prior to joining aPriori, John was responsible for engineering and product management at CXO Systems. Prior to CXO, he was Senior Vice President, Research and Development at PTC. John held various executive leadership roles in marketing and product development at PTC during their unprecedented growth that transformed the product design process. He began his career as a mechanical engineer at General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. John holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Michael Philpott, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Scientist
With over 30 years of design and manufacture experience in industry and academia, and over 50 related publications, Dr. Philpott is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the areas of Design-to-Cost, Design-for-Manufacture, and Design-for-Assembly. He directed the research on process cost modeling and the development of the aPriori software at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) since 1993. Prior to aPriori, Dr. Philpott was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UIUC and the Director of the Concurrent Design and Manufacture for the UIUC. Before UIUC, Dr. Philpott started the design-for-manufacturing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also taught at Cranfield Institute of Technology. Earlier in his career, Dr. Philpott spent twelve years as a design and manufacturing engineer in the British automotive and machine tool industry working at Land Rover, Jaguar, Moulins, and British Leyland. Dr. Philpott has a Ph.D. and MS in Manufacturing from Cranfield Institute of Technology (U.K.).