Over the last few months, SirsiDynix, the largest company in the library automation arena, has been building a new team of executive management. When a company finds itself under new ownership, it is quite normal to see changes at the top. When Seaport Capital gained control of Sirsi, later SirsiDynix, as the original founders stepped aside, it put in place an executive management team that expanded the company five-fold over a seven-year period. Now under the ownership of Vista Equity Partners, a new roster of executives reigns at Sirsi- Dynix. In previous issues, Smart Libraries Newsletter covered the appointments of Keith Sturges as President of SirsiDynix International, Gary M. Rautenstrauch as Chief Executive Officer and Douglas R. Maughan as Chief Financial Officer. Bill Davidson continues as Chief Sales Officer and Stephen Abram remains on board as Vice President for Innovation.
On July 30, SirsiDynix appointed Matthew Hawkins as its new Chief Operating Officer. Hawkins will take a major role in operational management of the company, assuming oversight of Client Care, which provides support services for all SirsiDynix customer libraries, as well as the units responsible for new customer implementations and for providing ongoing training and consulting services. Terry Jarnagin, VP of Client Care, and Mike Casale VP, Implementation, now report to Hawkins. Hawkins reports directly to Gary Rautenstrauch, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of SirsiDynix.
Hawkins comes to SirsiDynix with significant experience in software companies, but is a newcomer to the library automation field. Previous posts include vice president and general manager of the technology division Henry Schein, a firm that provides software, equipment, and related services to the healthcare industry, primarily to physicians in private practice. Hawkins also has held positions with McKinsey and Company, TenFold Corporation, and Electronic Data Systems.
As with other recently appointed SirsiDynix executives, Hawkins will work primarily from the company’s offices in Provo, Utah. The Chief Operating Officer has been vacant since the February 2007 departure of Don McCall. The appointment of Hawkins completes the slate of “c-level” positions in this company, almost all of which have turned over since its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. With this new executive management team in place, it will be of considerable interest to its library clients to observe how the company develops and executes new business strategies. The December 2006 acquisition of SirsiDynix by Vista Equity Partners, the February 2007 departure of Patrick Somers and other top executives, and the March 2007 decision to consolidate on a single ILS platform marked a period of uncertainty in the industry toward SirsiDynix. Many existing and potential SirsiDynix library customers have postponed decisions regarding ILS migrations and procurements until the dust settles a bit. The next few months may serve as a barometer regarding the ability of SirsiDynix to sustain loyalty among its library clients, both those that rely on Unicorn and those still on the Dynix and Horizon platforms.