Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Craig LivingstonChairman & Chief Executive Officer
As chairman and chief executive officer of Arena Solutions, Craig Livingston sets the company’s strategic direction and oversees all operations.
Before joining Arena, Craig served as vice president and general manager of the SME Solutions division of PLM provider Agile Software. Responsible for the division’s global operations, he oversaw the development, distribution and support of PLM solutions for small to mid-sized manufacturing businesses. His success in that role helped propel Agile to strong growth and a successful acquisition by Oracle.
Previous experience in executive sales and operations roles at other engineering and enterprise software leaders, including think3, PeopleSoft, CCI-Triad and Borland, laid the foundation of Craig’s thorough understanding of the needs of mid-market manufacturers.
Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from San Jose State University.
Executive Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Officer
Wenxiang MaExecutive Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Officer
As executive vice president of engineering and CTO at Arena Solutions, Wenxiang Ma is responsible for all Arena product: development, quality assurance and customer support. Wenxiang also manages all cloud infrastructure operations and oversees technology directions.
With over twenty years of leadership development experience building complex scalable enterprise applications in supply chain manufacturing and PLM environs, Wenxiang combines deep domain knowledge with a workmanlike practical ability to lead and motivate teams through successful product releases.
Prior to joining Arena, Wenxiang worked as senior director of development at Oracle, where he managed the overall development of the next generation Oracle Fusion PLM across worldwide development centers. Before that, as general manager of China Development Center at Agile Software, Wenxiang played an instrumental role in initial center launch and daily operations while leading a successful acquisition transition by Oracle. Wenxiang has also held other senior most leadership development positions at Kanisa (Ernst & Young), Starfish Software and Borland International.
Wenxiang holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University.
Executive Vice President Product Management & Chief Strategy Officer
Steve ChalgrenExecutive Vice President Product Management & Chief Strategy Officer
As executive vice president of product management and chief strategy officer, Steve Chalgren is responsible for setting product strategy, charting the product roadmap and leading the Arena product team.
Steve Chalgren has Led Arena Solution’s Product Management and Strategy since 2010. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Product Management and Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for setting product strategy, charting the product roadmap and leading the Arena product team. He combines deep domain expertise with a proven record of delivering products that solve manufacturers’ real problems. Steve started working in PLM in 1998 after nearly ten years working in manufacturing and supply chain roles for high tech startup companies.
Before working in enterprise software, Steve spent a nearly a decade in manufacturing supply chain operations, mainly for fast-growing technology start-ups. In these roles he gained an appreciation for the complexity of design-to-manufacturing processes and first-hand experience with the challenges faced by the people who participate in them.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Eric LarkinConsulting Founder
As a Consulting Founder of Arena Solutions, Eric Larkin speaks and writes on behalf of the company.
Prior to his current role, Eric served as Chief Technology Officer. His deep technical expertise and extensive experience with product development, information systems and project management in manufacturing environments enabled the invention, development and delivery of Arena’s pioneering cloud PLM solution. Prior to co-founding Arena, Eric managed electromechanical projects at D2M, Inc., a product design and development firm, and managed hardware product development at Storm Technology, a manufacturer of consumer image-capture devices. Before his work at Storm, Eric served as chief technology officer at Light & Motion Industries, a vertically integrated manufacturer of underwater video, photo and lighting products, where he helped architect the internal system that later became the prototype for Arena.
Eric holds eleven patents in a variety of industries. His education includes master’s degrees in electrical engineering and manufacturing systems engineering as well as bachelor’s degrees in philosophy/religious studies and mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Vice President Marketing
Kent KillmerVice President Marketing
As vice president of marketing, Kent Killmer is responsible for harnessing technology to craft and drive Arena’s marketing strategy. This includes; corporate branding, messaging, creative, advertising, SEM, SEO, PPC, CRO, social media, pricing, demand generation, market research, analyst relations and website development for Arena Solutions.
Previous experience found Kent in functional leadership positions in marketing, sales, alliances and portfolio strategy. Most recently he led sales for a solid state memory manufacturer, and was SVP sales and marketing for an Agile software developer. Additionally, Kent has held executive level portfolio strategy positions with EDS and led North American sales for a division of ADP.
Earlier in his career, Kent led sales and marketing for a financial services entity, where he aided in drafting HR2234 and its follow-on lobbying on the Hill. He also quarterbacked the award winning marketing function for a joint venture with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. While there, he won seven regional and three national marketing awards and was on the Board with President and GM, Texas ‘Tex’ Schramm.
Kent holds a BS in civil engineering from Kansas State University and secured an Illinois Professional Engineers license. Further, he possesses dual MBA’s from Xavier University with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
Vice President Sales
Andrea PittsVice President Sales
As vice president of sales at Arena, Andrea Pitts leads go-to-market and operational strategies, and coordinates with key alliances and partners around the world to support Arena’s business development goals.
Andrea comes to Arena with a 20+ year track record of building and managing successful sales teams, and helping partners and alliances on both sides of the distribution channel meet revenue goals. As North America Director of Sales at Agile, Andrea managed all sales operations and developed new certification programs and process, strategic product lifecycle management (PLM) campaigns and targeted training programs to strengthen key partnerships and alliances. Prior to Agile, Andrea built and managed sales and business development team for a technology start-up Think3, which provides state-of-the-art design and PLM solutions to the global manufacturing market.
Andrea holds a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Northwood University, and has advanced expertise in the area of value-driven approaches for enterprise application sales.
Vice President Customer Success
Nathan MartinVice President Customer Success
As vice president of customer success, Nathan Martin oversees the professional services and training teams whose role is to ensure that the Arena solution is successfully deployed and adopted across the entire customer base.
Nathan has spent his career working closely with manufacturers to understand their challenges and connect them with solutions that help achieve their objectives. At Arena he’s been both a solution consultant and an account manager, working with companies before and after they’ve selected Arena. That’s given him deep insight into manufacturers’ needs and practical experience helping them gain tangible value from the Arena solution. Before joining Arena, Nathan worked in a variety of product management and application engineering roles at PLM provider think3, lean manufacturing consultancy DTAKT Systems and computing solution provider Silicon Graphics.
A manufacturing engineer by training, Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Ohio University.
Vice President Finance
Mike EtheridgeVice President Finance
As vice president of finance at Arena, Mike oversees all financial planning, accounting and treasury functions so as to maximize financial performance.
With over 20 years in financial and operational leadership roles for technology-based companies, Mike has extensive experience honing those same functional area's processes. His leadership has historically leveraged growth and expansion culminating in a public offering or acquisition. Prior to joining Arena, Mike was CFO at Picaboo, where he helped transition the business to a new market. Earlier still, Mike was the VP of Finance at IGN Entertainment, where he overhauled their financial systems and led several M&A initiatives, including ultimately the company sale to Ziff Davis. Previously, Mike held various senior finance positions at iPass, Oodle, and Shutterfly, where he was Corporate Controller during the company's successful 2006 IPO.
Mike holds a bachelor's degree in management from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, LA. He brings a foundation in public accounting from KPMG LLP and is a CPA (license inactive).
Board of Directors
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Managing Partner and Founder, Runway Capital LLC
Martin HumlManaging Partner and Founder, Runway Capital LLC
Martin is a Managing Partner and the founder of Runway Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm. Prior to this, in 2000, Martin founded and ran a consulting business which advised venture capital firms on their portfolio companies; his clients included Mayfield, Soros, Norwest, Weisel, JPMorgan CP, Oak, NEA, TCV, Bain Capital, and Pequot. Before Runway, he worked in the Private Equity group of Credit Suisse First Boston in London for four years. Martin started his business career as an entrepreneur founding, running and successfully selling a company which became the exclusive Apple Computer distributor for most of Central and Eastern Europe including Russia and Czechoslovakia.
Martin graduated with honors with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic and holds a postgraduate degree in Finance from Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University. Martin also serves as Chairman of Incline Medical and Konsepti and as a Director of Agraquest.
Founder, Otter Capital
John PasquesiFounder, Otter Capital
John Pasquesi is the founder of Otter Capital, which makes a variety of private equity investments. Prior to founding Otter Capital in 2001, Mr. Pasquesi was a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of Hellman & Friedman, a private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Hellman & Friedman in 1987, Mr. Pasquesi was associated with Golder, Thoma & Cressey, a Chicago based private equity firm. Mr. Pasquesi has an MBA from Stanford and serves as Vice Chairman and a Director of Arch Capital Group Limited and as a Director of a number of private companies.
Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Andy VitusPartner, Scale Venture Partners
Andy focuses on ScaleVP’s investments in next-generation enterprise software and new datacenter technologies – including virtualization and cloud computing. Andy sits on the boards of Arena Solutions, Entone, and INNOViON and has worked closely with Auvitek and Picolight.
Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2003, Andy worked as a hardware engineer for Electronics for Imaging, designing embedded print server platforms and video compression circuits. Previously, he was a software engineer for De Beers Research Labs, conducting research on computer vision for both medical and mining applications.
Andy earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.