Comee brings extensive experience and proven success in transforming rapid-growth startups into world-class technology businessesREDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 10, 2013 — (PRNewswire) — Badgeville, the #1 gamification platform, today announced that it has appointed Ken Comee, respected Cloud and Social technology leader, as Chief Executive Officer. Comee joins Badgeville to scale the company to meet global enterprise demand for gamification from CMOs and CIOs. Founding CEO Kris Duggan will take on the role of Chief Strategy Officer to further cement the market he pioneered and continue serving on the company's Board of Directors.
Founded in 2010, Badgeville today is the clear gamification market leader, securing hundreds of global customers and partners in just 2.5 years. The company's explosive growth is highlighted by its client roster of world-class brands including Samsung, Deloitte, Oracle, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, Bell Media, Volkswagen Turkey, Universal Music, EMC and many more.
According to Gartner 70% of the Global 2000 will adopt gamification by 2014. This is primarily driven by global demand to increase user engagement within marketing and IT investments, with the goal to deliver a superior customer experience as well as maximize enterprise-wide operational efficiencies.
"Gamification is not a fad. It is a technology that is fundamentally redefining the way users interact with websites and applications every day," said Comee. "As I look ahead, it is clear to me that user engagement is becoming the vital factor for the success of all Cloud and Web-based technologies. I came to Badgeville to accelerate its rapid growth empowering the world's largest companies to increase customer loyalty and employee productivity."
Comee, a transformational leader, has helped catapult fast-growing startups into some of the most successful Cloud and social software businesses over the past decade. As CEO of Cast Iron Systems, he grew the company into the #1 brand in Cloud integration, leading to its strategic acquisition by IBM. Most recently, he was CEO of PowerReviews, a leading provider of social software for ratings and reviews, scaling its operations and driving its successful acquisition by Bazaarvoice.
"Ken's track record and background makes him the right fit at the right time for Badgeville, a company at the nexus of cloud and social business technologies," said Jeff Crowe, Badgeville investor and Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners. "He is a top operating executive, a proven builder of high-performance teams and the ideal choice for us."
"Badgeville has experienced record growth in one of the fastest growing categories in enterprise software. Ken brings a unique ability to align vision and strategy with world-class operational excellence to help us realize our mission," said Kris Duggan. "I am excited to have such a proven leader to help us continue building the next great software company."
Badgeville, the #1 gamification and behavior management platform, enables companies in every industry to increase high-value user behavior. World-class businesses in more than 20 countries use Badgeville's Behavior Platform to increase customer loyalty, user engagement, and employee performance across an organization's websites, mobile apps and enterprise applications. With over 200 customers, Badgeville brings Game Mechanics, Reputation Mechanics, and Social Mechanics to industry leaders and innovators including Deloitte, EMC, Oracle, Citrix, Autodesk, Bell Media, NBC, Universal Music, VMware, and more. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, Calif., and has offices in New York and Europe. (To learn more follow @Badgeville or visit www.badgeville.com)
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