NEW YORK (May 9, 2023) — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential, has recruited Kevin Rhodes, CPA, as the new executive vice president and chief financial officer of Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), a leader in cloud networking focused on delivering services that connect devices, applications, and people in new ways.
Rhodes is a proven, growth-oriented senior executive. He brings a wealth of experience driving long-term growth at SaaS organizations and has a successful track record of creating operational and financial excellence and long-term shareholder value at both public and privately held technology companies. As CFO, he will leverage his experience to lead Extreme through one of the most pivotal periods of growth acceleration in the company’s history.
“We expect Kevin to be an integral part of propelling our strategic direction, financial planning, growth, and expansion efforts forward,” said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme. “As always, I am grateful to Rick and the Acertitude team, who delivered and surpassed our expectations for a CFO who can continue to forge a path for growth, and value creation for our shareholders.”
The search was completed in 96 days by Acertitude’s Technology Practice and co-led by Rick DeRose, co-founder, managing partner, and Technology practice leader, and Scott Carberry, senior partner, who specializes in the office of the CFO and SaaS space.
“Kevin’s expertise in financial and operational management make him a terrific fit for the top finance role at Extreme,” said DeRose. “We are excited to see Extreme continue to thrive under Ed’s leadership and know that Kevin’s addition will prove to take the business to the next level. As always, it is a genuine pleasure to work with Ed and the team.”
Acertitude has supported Meyercord for a decade since he first took the reins at Extreme and set a vision for scaling the business. The CFO search adds to over a dozen completed searches, including the CIO and CMO, that have bolstered Extreme’s execution capability and strengthened its executive leadership team. Acertitude’s longstanding partnership with Extreme is a testament to the team’s commitment to serving clients with a level of cultivated trust, attentiveness, and insights.
Rhodes’ background includes acting as EVP and chief financial officer at Duck Creek Technologies during their acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, as well as executive leadership at Finvi, Markforged, Brightcove, PlumChoice, and Edgewater Consulting. He is also a member of the board of trustees at Merrimack College, his alma mater.
Acertitude is a bold executive search firm and leadership consultancy committed to unleashing human potential. Our teams connect boards, CEOs, private equity executives, and teams aspiring to make their organizations extraordinary with the most capable leaders worldwide. We take extreme ownership of client needs, delivering with high intensity and with rich insight. Exceedingly specialized, our consultants serve industries spanning private equity, business and professional services, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, and technology.
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