Steve Chalgren Joins Arena Solutions as Vice President of Product Management and Strategy

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Foster City, Calif., Sep 30 - Arena Solutions, a provider of on-demand bill of materials (BOM) and change management software for small and mid-size manufacturers, today announced the appointment of Steve Chalgren as the company

Chalgren comes to Arena from Oracle, where he worked after his previous company, Agile Software, was acquired. As director of product strategy for product lifecycle management (PLM) at Oracle, Chalgren helped the company successfully incorporate Agile PLM into its product portfolio. He also leveraged the platform, resources and reach of Oracle to deliver the Oracle Customer Needs Management solution to support manufacturers’ product innovation efforts. At Agile, as head of product management and customer care for the SME business unit, Chalgren developed a deep understanding of the business needs of small and mid-size manufacturers and turned it into several well-received new products. Before working in enterprise software, he spent 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 is a tremendous addition to our executive team,” said Eric Larkin, chief technology officer of Arena Solutions. “What has struck me in talking to his past colleagues and customers is his reputation for delivering practical solutions that work for real companies — I don’t know of anyone in the industry who is more widely respected as a customer advocate. Steve’s deep knowledge of both manufacturing and software will be a tremendous asset as Arena continues to grow and expand its product offerings.”

“I was drawn to Arena for many reasons,” said Chalgren, “not least of which is the opportunity to provide manufacturers with the best possible tools to help them get quality products to market. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions like Arena offers are increasingly preferred (and even demanded) by small and mid-size manufacturers for their superior economic benefits and unique functional benefits. I’m excited to draw on my experience, leverage the SaaS platform and work with the talented team at Arena to help chart the course for the company’s next big steps forward.”

Chalgren holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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