Edgecase Appoints Susanne Bowen as CEO
Veteran technology executive will drive next phase of growth as leading retailers turn to Edgecase to inspire and empower shoppers at every digital touchpoint
Austin, Texas – April 1, 2015 – Edgecase, the platform behind today’s most inspiring shopping experiences, today announced the appointment of Susanne Bowen as CEO. Ms. Bowen, a 30-year technology veteran and proven CEO, excels at creating high-impact growth strategies that drive rapid market expansion and mainstream adoption of disruptive technologies. As CEO of Edgecase, she will set the company’s strategic vision and scale operations to meet surging demand for the Edgecase offering. Company co-founder and former CEO Garrett Eastham will remain responsible for product and technology innovation as Chief Product Officer.
“Edgecase is coming off a record 2014 filled with industry-first retail innovations,” said Mr. Eastham. “Susanne’s leadership and experience will ensure that we capitalize on our unique opportunity to change the way that products are merchandised across the web, mobile and store. I look forward to working alongside Susanne as we cement our market leadership.”
Edgecase has increased revenue and its client base nearly 2x in the past year. World-class retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Golfsmith, LDProducts and Urban Decay, currently use Edgecase to fuel next generation product discovery experiences that inspire shoppers, increase engagement and drive more sales. With Edgecase, retailers improve core metrics such as bounce rates, page views, conversion rate and social sharing, while significantly expanding their merchandising data and vocabulary to transform every aspect of traditional and digital retail. For example, Urban Decay recently boosted conversion 150% with a 5x increase in page views using Edgecase’s mobile Visual Shopping offering.
“Edgecase and its incredible client base are revolutionizing the way that the retail industry approaches merchandising, blending human perspective with powerful machine learning and technology,” said Ms. Bowen. “It is an honor to have been asked to lead Edgecase as it moves into a new phase of growth and market leadership marked by the tremendous results we deliver for our retail clients.”
Ms. Bowen has established herself as an accomplished executive with expertise in building dynamic, technology-enabled businesses. She most recently served as CEO of PeopleAdmin, a leader in cloud-based talent management solutions. Prior to PeopleAdmin, Ms. Bowen served as President and CEO of Nellymoser Inc., a mobile delivery platform, and Chairman and CEO of Webhire Inc., a pioneering talent management solution. Ms. Bowen, who also served as Executive in Residence at venture firm SoftBank Capital, previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Services for Workscape, Inc. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
“Edgecase is at an inflection point, and Susanne’s hire is a pivotal win for the company,” said Brett Hurt, Chairman of the Board for Edgecase and founder of Bazaarvoice, Coremetrics, and Hurt Family Investments. “Forrester predicts that 60% of all US retail sales will involve the Internet in some way by 2017, and Edgecase offers retailers a tremendous ability to influence online and offline sales and product discovery. Susanne’s tremendous leadership as a three-times SaaS CEO and her passion for client success sets her apart, and we are very excited to welcome her to Edgecase.”
Edgecase is the platform behind today’s most inspiring shopping experiences. By allowing shoppers to communicate their unique preferences, context and shopping style, we empower them to discover products on their own terms. Using a proprietary combination of machine learning and human content curation, the Edgecase platform enables shopping experiences as unique as the brands we work with. Our solutions integrate new and evolving layers of merchandising data to fuel product discovery, omni-channel engagement and online experiences that today’s shoppers crave.
Edgecase was founded in 2012 and is based in Austin, Texas. Our team is made up of experts in retail technology, machine learning and natural language processing. Together, we’re committed to creating memorable shopping experiences and propelling what’s next in retail. Forward-thinking retailers using Edgecase include Crate & Barrel, Golfsmith, Kate Somerville, LD Products, Urban Decay, and The Wasserstrom Company.
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Renee Newby for Edgecase