Jason Blessing serves as CEO and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company. He is an experienced software executive with previous executive positions at Oracle, Taleo, PeopleSoft and Price Waterhouse. Blessing is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Don Clarke is chief financial officer and brings extensive experience leading high growth companies within the technology industry. Prior to joining Plex, Clarke served as CFO at Eloqua, where he was instrumental in driving increased revenues and leading a successful initial public offering. Prior to Eloqua, Clarke was CFO at both Cloakware, a security solutions company, and at Visual Networks, Inc, a provider of application and network management solutions. He holds a CPA and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Doug Grigg is Chief Sales Officer responsible for all sales operations. Grigg recently served as vice president, enterprise sales for Marketo, a leading provider of cloud-based marketing automation solutions, where he spearheaded the company’s entry into the enterprise market. Previously, Grigg spent more than a decade at Oracle where his customers included both discrete- and process-manufacturing organizations as well as companies in highly regulated industries such as food and beverage and life sciences. Grigg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Heidi Melin is the Chief Marketing Officer and responsible for determining the strategic direction in marketing initiatives. Melin previously served as CMO at Eloqua, Taleo, Polycom and the Hyperion Corp. where she helped each company establish a higher profile in the marketplace. Melin earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Organizational Psychology from Willamette University.
Tom DeCoe is the vice president of infrastructure and is responsible for defining the strategic development of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud and ensuring its technology meets and exceeds customers’ requirements to support efficient business processes in the manufacturing enterprise. DeCoe is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Math.
Jerry Foster is vice president of research & development and is responsible for undertaking research to design the next generation of software for the manufacturing enterprise. A founding member of the Plex Systems team, Foster has been heavily involved in the entire evolution of Plex, overseeing the technical transitions in each phase of its growth. A graduate of Liberty University, Foster earned his degree in Computer Science.
Jim Shepherd serves as vice president of strategy, responsible for defining strategic direction of Plex Systems with manufacturers across multiple industries and global markets. Shepherd brings 40 years of leadership in manufacturing and technology. Prior to joining Plex Systems, Shepherd served as vice president and distinguished analyst for Gartner Inc., the world’s leading information technology research company. Among his many accomplishments, Shepherd was named the first AMR research fellow. Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
Chris Bishop serves as vice president of global services and has worldwide responsibility for Plex’s professional services, education, and customer support operations. He has an extensive professional services background and a deep passion for helping customers get maximum value from their investments in ERP systems. Prior to joining Plex Systems, Bishop has served in a variety of senior leadership roles including serving as Vice President of PeopleSoft’s North American Supply Chain consulting organization. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University.
Jason Prater is the vice president of development and leads the product and platform development teams. He is in charge of the entire development process, from design to deployment, making sure that we build meaningful enhancements so that the Plex Manufacturing Cloud evolves with our customers’ needs. Prater has a focus on operational performance from his time as a Materials Manager at an automotive supplier and Plex Systems customer. He is a graduate of Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Karl Ederle is vice president of product management and brings extensive enterprise software product experience to the organization. Ederle joins Plex from his position as chief product officer at Kapow Software, a big-data analytics firm, where he led product strategy and marketing groups. Additionally, Ederle led the development of pioneering cloud solutions at Taleo, and also led major product organizations at both PeopleSoft and SAP. Ederle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University and has an MBA from the University of Washington and also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).