Pronto appoints new head

BY Australian Retailers Association
12 July 2016

Chat Gates, MD, Pronto Software Chat Gates, MD, Pronto Software

Australian technology company, Pronto Software, has appointed COO, Chad Gates, as MD,  succeeding David Jackman, effective July 15, 2016.

During his 17-year tenure, David Jackman has tripled the size of Pronto Software.

“The hallmark of Pronto Software is our ability to adapt and build long-term success and industry leadership through our continual investment in innovation and people," Mr Jackman said.

"Succession planning is part of our commitment to excellence and it is with great pleasure that I pass on the responsibility to Chad, a proven executive that has grown with the business over the past 11 years. Chad has deep knowledge and longstanding experience, from marketing and product development to customer engagement whilst also being a respected individual and leader.

“Pronto Software has evolved over the years, adapting to growth and ever changing technical and customer needs. Chad has already made immeasurable contributions to the company’s success, and will continue its progress into the future. Big thanks to the wonderful team at Pronto Software for their commitment and enthusiasm over these many years. I know that our customers will continue to prosper as they improve their business outcomes using our products and services,” continued Mr Jackman.

Since Chad Gates’ appointment to Chief Operating Officer in late 2014, he has driven the latest releases of Pronto Xi (730) and prepared the company for the launch of two new divisions: Pronto Cloud Managed Solutions and digital consultancy, Pronto Woven.

Mr Gates said he is incredibly honoured to be appointed as MD.

"Pronto has a strongly agile, innovative and open culture and I am excited to lead the talented team and execute our long-term growth strategy. We will continue to make significant investment in the areas of cloud, analytics and mobile applications ensuring we deliver smarter and more flexible ERP solutions that help our customers excel and succeed.

“David has been an inspiration and mentor during my time at the company, and I wish him all the very best on his new chapter,” said Mr Gates.

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