Former Agile GM Craig Livingston Named New Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Market SaaS PLM Leader Are
Foster City, Calif., Jan 16 - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced it has named Craig Livingston, a former Agile PLM executive, as the company
"Michael Topolovac's remarkable achievement of pioneering the development of two fast-growing spaces—PLM and on-demand—has turned Arena Solutions into a true industry leader. Michael had the insight to build what the market was lacking—an affordable solution that combined the power of PLM with the advantage of on-demand delivery that has been successfully adopted by more than 300 manufacturers," said Martin Huml, chairman of Arena Solutions' board of directors. "With Arena poised on the edge of more expansive growth, Livingston's impressive track record as a leader who helped shape and grow a thriving PLM business serving small- to medium-sized enterprises made him our ideal choice for Arena's CEO position. His deep understanding of our customers' needs and the global PLM market will be a huge advantage as he leads the company in its next phase of growth and success."
"It is an honor to assume leadership of Arena Solutions at such an opportune moment," said Livingston. "Arena PLM is an impressive solution that is already behind great products from companies like Intuit, Tesla Motors, First Alert, Align Technology, Segway and Foundry Networks. Arena is also benefiting from a change in the competitive environment. Its closest competitor—one with which I have been quite intimate—has recently been acquired by Oracle and diverted from serving the segment of the mid-market where the two companies once competed. This development has driven once on-the-fence customers to firmly select Arena PLM and help the company further solidify its position as the leading mid-market PLM provider without a CAD or ERP agenda and the only on-demand PLM vendor. The business case for PLM—especially Arena on-demand PLM—for small- and medium-sized enterprises has never been stronger than it is right now. My commitment is to leverage the strength of Arena's on-demand solution with the vitality, deep expertise, and customer-intimacy of our organization, to generate Arena Solutions' success for years to come."
Previously, Livingston served as the vice president and general manager of Agile's SME Solutions division and was responsible for global operations for developing, marketing, distributing, and supporting PLM solutions focused on the needs of small and mid-sized manufacturers. Prior to Agile, Livingston held various executive sales and operations positions at other engineering and enterprise software leaders, including think3, PeopleSoft, CCI/Triad, and Borland.
"There is much we have accomplished since inception, but what I am most proud of is the incredible product our team has built and I am particularly honored that many of the world's most innovative companies and thousands of users have chosen Arena PLM to help them bring their products to market. I am also especially enthusiastic about the promise of where I see the business headed—our opportunities are tremendous," said Topolovac. "My desire to pursue other personal interests and the onset of this rapid growth phase drove my decision to find the right successor to effectively lead the company, maximize its growth, and take it to its next level. Craig is a great business leader with valuable and truly relevant experience. I am delighted we've selected him as Arena Solutions' new CEO."