Industry News | August 19, 2013

MICROS Recruits Ex-IBM Exec as SVP of Global R&D

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MICROS Systems, a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, appointed Russell Butler as senior vice president of global research & development.

Butler is an accomplished product development executive with more than 20 years of experience in engineering and leading large, global research and development organizations. 

In this new role, Butler will be responsible for leading MICROS’s development teams around the world, spanning its vertical markets hotels, food and beverage, and retail, as well as eCommerce.

Most recently, Butler served with IBM as vice president, messaging and collaboration, where he led a worldwide product development organization spanning 12 locations. He also held several executive positions in IBM’s data integration and master data management product families. 

Prior to joining IBM in 2005 in connection with IBM’s acquisition of Ascential Software, Butler held executive positions at Ascential Software, Mercator, AT&T, and other leading technology companies. 

He has a track record as a technology leader known for crafting the strategic vision to achieve business results. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland.

“We are very excited that Mr. Butler is joining the MICROS team,” says Peter A. Altabef, president and CEO. “Mr. Butler’s expertise in application and enterprise software, including social business and collaboration, data integration, and master data management, along with his successful track record in a variety of settings from startups to the largest software businesses, will ensure MICROS product innovation and delivery excellence.”

Butler adds, “I am thrilled to be joining the MICROS team. I am very impressed with the history of MICROS innovation and its leadership position in the hospitality and retail industries, and I look forward to working with the talented group of MICROS developers around the world as we continue to create leading industry solutions for our clients.”

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