Winshuttle Promotes Lewis Carpenter to CEO; CO-Founder Vikram Chalana to Drive Product and Technical Innovation as New CTO
Winshuttle strengthens global leadership and alignment to accelerate growth.
Bothell, WA – February 3, 2009 –Winshuttle, the leading provider of data entry and data download tools for SAP® users, today announced that Lewis Carpenter has been promoted from president and COO to chief executive officer, responsible for leading all aspects of Winshuttle’s global business. Vikram Chalana, Winshuttle’s co-founder, will transition from CEO in order to focus on his new role of chief technology officer where he will spearhead the current and future direction of the company’s technology offerings. Chalana remains as chairman of the board.
“Lewis has done an outstanding job over the last year of building a strong foundation for Winshuttle’s future. He is the right leader to continue to drive our important growth initiatives,” said Vikram Chalana. “Lewis is fully committed to our employees and customers, and demonstrates the company’s culture and values every day. I look forward to collaborating with him in my new role as CTO.”
Carpenter brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading successful companies. Prior to Winshuttle, he was the COO at Aventail Corporation, where he helped the company become the market leader in providing secure remote access appliances and managed services to global enterprise customers. Before Aventail, Carpenter held various senior executive roles at FileNet Corporation, where he helped grow the company from 0 to over $300 million in annual revenue.
“Lewis’ industry experience and business judgment give him the expertise Winshuttle needs as it comes of age as a major provider of SAP data management tools,” said Bill Bryant, a Winshuttle advisor, and Seattle angel investor and startup veteran. “The combination of these two highly talented executives really strengthens the management team for the growth the company is already experiencing.”