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Infor announces executive leadership transition

Global business applications provider Infor recently announced a planned leadership transition through which Kevin Samuelson, who has served as Infor’s chief financial officer (CFO), has been named chief executive officer.

Charles Phillips, who has served as chief executive since 2010, has been named chairman of Infor’s board of directors. Samuelson would also join Infor’s board of directors

Samuelson is one of the longest tenured executives at Infor, having spent 14 years between Mergers and Acquisition and CFO roles. Samuelson was instrumental in driving strategic acquisitions for Infor, helping grow the company from $35 million in annual revenue, to $3 billion, as well as securing enduring investment partners. Samuelson has also been actively involved in a broad array of Infor’s operational and sales activities and has played a key role in several of the company’s recent large customer wins.

“I feel very fortunate to work with such a great team at Infor,” said Samuelson. “Charles’s guidance and leadership helped shape this company into a market leading provider of multitenant, cloud-based ERP (Enterprise resource planning) applications. Our vision is to build on Infor’s impressive trajectory, continually evolve our range of SaaS products that allow for quick and material ROI (return of investment) and value add for our customers and provide first-class service at every step of the journey.”

Phillips’s tenure as chief executive has seen unprecedented growth and expansion of Infor with more than $2.5 billion invested in product design and development in the past five years. Phillips, in addition to Samuelson and Soma Somasundaram (president and chief technology officer), have played critical roles in overseeing and perfecting Infor’s current product suite and shifting the company to the cloud. In his new role as chairman of the board, Phillips would focus on strategy development, customer relationships and new acquisitions.

“I’m extremely proud of the team’s accomplishments during my tenure. It is the right time to evolve our executive leadership as we continue to drive innovation in the industry,” said Philips. “Kevin is a talented leader and I look forward to working with him and our experienced team as chairman. I am confident Kevin and his leadership team would take Infor to the next level of growth, successfully implement our business strategy, and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Infor has great people and is poised for growth in its unique mission as the first industry cloud company.”

All leadership appointments announced today are effective immediately.

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