Darren Saumur is Senior Vice President of Infor Consulting Services, leading the global consulting and Value Engineering organizations.
Saumur brings more than 23 years of sales, management, and consulting experience to Infor, most recently from SAP, where he served as global head of Financial Services - Consulting. He also held various leadership positions at SAP and Ernst & Young. Saumur is instrumental in growing Infor's key ICS business unit.
As Chief Creative Officer of Infor Marc Scibelli leads Infor's creative think-tank, Hook & Loop.
Scibelli has helped pioneer the consumerization of business software by partnering a creative agency with business software experts. Based in Manhattan, Hook & Loop has creative staff from all walks of the design spectrum, but all with a pedigree outside of enterprise software. Under Scibelli's leadership, the Hook & Loop team has grown from 15 members in the beginning of 2013 to approximately 80 today, and Infor recently leased more space at its headquarters to accommodate this growth.
Hook & Loop works closely with Infor developers and product managers to drive user experience past the foundational needs of technology to focus on creating pleasurable and meaningful experiences for users. Hook & Loop has had an immediate impact on Infor products and plays an instrumental role in the development of Infor's SoHo user experience and Infor Ming.le™ collaboration platform.
Scibelli shares a Pulitzer Prize for information graphics and is a 17-year veteran of creative agencies. He has degrees in visual communications and advertising art & design.
Ziad Nejmeldeen, PhDChief Scientist
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist Ziad Nejmeldeen heads Infor Dynamic Science Labs.
A software veteran with a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is responsible for leading Infor's team of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and economists based in Cambridge, MA, who are using the power of predictive analytics to simplify the way organizations make decisions.
Prior to joining Infor in 2014, Nejmeldeen has served as science vice president at Quantum Retail, practice manager for the Oracle Retail Optimization Team, and Scientist at ProfitLogic. He has built a strong reputation for skillfully articulating complex problems and mathematical solutions, conveying insight and understanding to audiences outside the scientific community as well as within it.
Kurt CavanoPresident, GT Nexus, an Infor Company
Kurt Cavano is the President at GT Nexus, an Infor Company. He is responsible for driving GT Nexus's strategic direction, for disseminating the company's track record of innovation and market success, and for guiding key customer, industry and partner relationships. He has more than 25 years of experience helping corporations improve their business performance through the intelligent application of technology.
Cavano is founder of TradeCard, Inc., which merged with GT Nexus in 2013. Prior to founding TradeCard in 1999, he was a Vice President at American Management Systems, an international business and information technology consulting firm. He managed the Corporate Banking Practice of the AMS Finance Industry Group. Featured as one of World Trade Magazine's 50 most influential people, Cavano is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning international trade and global supply chain management.
He holds a BS in Bioscience from Penn State University and an MBA from New York University.
Jeff AbbottGlobal Alliances and Channels
Jeff Abbott is Senior Vice President, Global Alliances and Channels and Demand Generation, at Infor. In this role, he is responsible for Infor's partner go-to-market strategy and the Infor Partner Network. In addition, Mr. Abbott oversees Infor's global Business Development, Inside Sales, and Field Marketing organizations. Mr. Abbott brings over twenty years of experience in sales, business development, channels/alliances, and marketing in the enterprise software business.
Prior to joining the Infor team in December 2008, Abbott led the Global Midmarket Applications Business Unit at Oracle Corporation. Mr. Abbott has held positions at Accenture, General Motors, and Georgia-Pacific.
Abbott holds a bachelor of science in Logistics from the University of Tennessee and masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Shahriar Rafimayeri is the Senior Vice President of Business Innovation at Infor. He has global responsibility for Infor's information technology and is tasked with establishing and executing a strategic roadmap for internal Infor processes with the aim of reengineering and automation while leveraging Infor's best-in-class products and services. He brings more than 27 years of experience to the team.
Prior to joining Infor, Rafimayeri held several leadership positions in the technology and financial sectors at Morgan Stanley, Blackstone, Credit Suisse, UBS, and Bankers Trust. His areas of expertise include large-scale technical architectures and roadmaps; customer relationship management; customer profitability and performance management; cross-product-selling collaboration and integration; mobile computing; HR systems, corporate services applications; spend management; contract management and more.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Hofstra University.