Meet the ACL Executive team. Select any of the names below to learn more our leadership.
Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double digit growth. With over 20 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few”.
Laurie is a recognized industry leader and was featured as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in the IT Channel and in the Top 100 Women in the North American Channel. She is also a recipient of The Minerva Foundation for BC Women “Excellence in Leadership” award, a bronze medal for Female Executive of the Year from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the 2014 Women of Influence award from Business in Vancouver.
Laurie holds a MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Alberta. She is Vice Chair of the Board for Vancouver’s Dress For Success—a not for profit organization committed to helping low or no income women to transition into the workforce, and also serves on the Board of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) where she Chair’s the BCTIA Software C-Council—a CEO group committed to growing the footprint of software in British Columbia.
Keith Cerny, Vice President, Research & Development, is responsible for leading ACL’s R&D organization focusing on customer experience and the continuous development of existing and new technologies as part of ACL’s growth strategy. Keith oversees ACL’s software development, quality assurance, architecture, and documentation.
Keith has over 13 years experience leading software teams at Vancouver based technology companies including Chancery, Pivotal/CDC and Sage. Prior to joining ACL, he led R&D for Sage ERP Accpac, a leading global ERP solution where he was recognized by his peers as a top people leader. Keith’s previous experience also includes founding his own technology company focused on building a business to business international trade application.
Keith has served on the Advisory Board of Vancouver Community College’s technology curriculum and as Vice President of Vancouver Technology User Group. He holds various technology certifications, including Agile Management and Certified Product Owner, and attended the College of the Rockies.
Ross Paul leads ACL’s go-to-market efforts, providing strategic guidance for the marketing and product management teams as well as the information technology team that supports ACL’s leading approach to harnessing technology.
Ross brings more than 15 years of global software industry executive experience to ACL in roles spanning Operations, R&D, IT, Product Management and Business Development. He was most recently Vice President, Business Development with internet security leader AVG Technologies. Prior to AVG, he led product and go-to-market strategy for SaaS products at Websense, a global leader in unified web, data, and email content security. He also headed up the IT, R&D and Product Management functions while working as Chief Technology Officer of Onvia, a Seattle-based provider of business-to-government solutions that he co-founded. An entrepreneurial technophile at heart, he serves as an advisor to UK-based cloud innovation platform vendor Wazoku and a board member of Vancouver-based online community consultation platform PlaceSpeak.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and an MBA from Imperial College.
John Verver, Vice President, Product Strategy & Alliances, has overall responsibility for ACL’s product and services strategy, as well as for relationships with key organizations in the audit, compliance, risk, and control market. His previous responsibilities at ACL have included leadership and growth of worldwide direct and channel sales, as well as ACL’s professional services organization, including consulting, training, and technical support.
John is acknowledged as an expert authority and domain thought leader on data analytics, continuous monitoring, and risk management. He led the overall development of ACL's industry-transforming continuous controls monitoring solution. He is regularly asked to speak at global audit, compliance, risk, and control conferences and is a member of the advisory board of the Continuous Auditing Research Lab. John was also a key contributor to the Institute of Internal Auditor's Global Technology Audit Guide #3 on continuous auditing and controls monitoring.
Prior to joining ACL, John spent 15 years with Deloitte in the UK and Canada. During his tenure, he was Director of Computer Services, with responsibility for IT audit and security services, as well as accounting systems consulting and implementation. He subsequently became a principal, responsible for building and managing the system development and implementation practice in British Columbia.
John is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and Certified Information System Auditor. He has served on the Council of the Institute of Management Consultants of BC and on committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC. He has an honours degree from King's College, University of London, England.
Dan Zitting, Vice President, Product Management & Design, is responsible for product management, design, and user experience for ACL’s industry-leading software products.
Dan’s previous experience has been in the audit, risk and assurance industry. After working for several years at Ernst & Young, he co-founded the CPA firm Linford & Company LLP which provides audit services to global clientele. While running his own practice, he developed a web-based software for auditors to meet his team’s needs. As demand for this software increased, he founded Workpapers.com which was acquired by ACL in late 2011.
Dan is dedicated to the advancement of productivity enhancing technology for the audit profession and is a three-time winner of the CPA Practice Advisor Magazine’s 40 under 40 and Readers’ Choice awards.
Dan is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information System Auditor and Certified Information Technology Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Science from University of Notre Dame.
Sean Zuberbier, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, is responsible for defining and executing the sales strategies across all customer, geographic and product segments and plays an integral role in driving ACL’s growth in the audit software market. Sean leads the global sales activities for ACL, including direct sales, indirect channel sales, pre-sales, sales operations and support renewal.
Sean has over 15 years experience as a sales professional, including leadership roles in the software industry. In his previous roles at ACL, Sean led successful Sales teams focused on North American large commercial accounts as well as midmarket clients; and most recently established a top-tier sales team focused on strategic enterprise customers. Prior to joining ACL, Sean was a District Sales Manager at SAP Business Objects where he successfully led his team in generating double-digit revenue growth. Prior to his time with SAP Business Objects, Sean was the founder and owner of a company providing employee productivity and retention services to hi-tech companies.
Sean holds a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Fransiskus Oey, Managing Director, ACL Asia, is responsible for driving the growth of ACL’s business in the South East Asian region. He leads sales, consulting, operations and channel management activities in the region and represents the voice of South East Asian ACL customers with ACL’s Senior Leadership Team.
A seasoned executive, Fransiskus has more than 15 years of experience leading sales, training and consulting engagements specializing in governance, risk and compliance processes. He joined ACL in August of 2013 with ACL’s acquisition of The Prodigy Group, a Singapore-based software reseller and consulting services provider that he founded and led successfully for more than a decade. He devotes a substantial portion of his time to research works and plays an active role in creating awareness on the importance of using technology to monitor and improve internal controls. Specializing in the unique challenges of Asian enterprises and government organizations he frequently speaks on topics including: anti-money laundering, operational risk management, fraud detection and fraud prevention across a variety of industries.
Tracy Josling joined ACL as our VP of Human Resources in 2013. As Mobilizing Talent is our #1 priority, Tracy is true to the challenge with a seasoned career that includes over 15 years of experience with companies such as Electronic Arts, Korn/Ferry International, and Heidrick & Struggles International. Tracy brings a proven background in talent recruitment, succession planning, and leadership coaching in management roles that have placed her in many different cities including Vancouver, New York, San Francisco and London. Tracy holds an Honors BA degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Tracy joins ACL ready to accelerate our strategy of transforming our category through the enablement of a talent strategy focused on attracting and motivating agents of change.
Harald Will is a successful technology entrepreneur who started the commercial operations of ACL Services Ltd. in 1987 and has grown it to be the leading audit analytic software company in the world.
From ACL’s first product offering, to the full range of solutions available today for internal, external and public sector audit markets, Harald has built the ACL company and team with a focus on excellent customer service, integrity, trust and respect.
Harald was recognized as a Top 40-under-40 award recipient, and was named one of Treasury & Risk Management magazine's "100 Most Influential People in Finance" for 2005 and again for 2009.
William K. (Bill) Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over twenty leading software, Internet, mobile and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor, advisor and Board Member.
Companies which reached a liquidity event include Visio, Netbot, Qpass, Isilon Systems, Loudeye, Swype, Smile Reminder, AEI Music, Viafone, Teamplate, Mpire, Exstatic Software, Throw, Singing Fish, NearMe and Web Relevance. In addition to ACL, Bill is a Board member or Advisor to Ping Identity, The Clymb, Opscode, Z2Live, Medio, Winshuttle, Varolii, Liquid Planner, Socrata, Contour, Sensors in Motion and Limeade. In his varied capacities, Bill has defined core product and market strategy; raised >$150M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching numerous software products, Internet and mobile services. Bill is currently a venture partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, but still views himself very much as an entrepreneur looking for the Next Big Thing.
Eric has 30 years of business experience, having worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 conglomerates to start-ups in the US, Europe and Canada. Eric came to Vancouver from the San Francisco Bay Area as CFO, to help turn around the world’s leading business intelligence reporting software company, Crystal Decisions, now owned by SAP. His prior experience spans the retail, consumer products, food and banking industries. In addition to ACL, Eric serves on the Boards of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers (NYSE, TSX) and Daiya Foods. His outside passions include beekeeping and trying to launch a sustainable salmon aquaculture industry in B.C.
Eric holds an MBA from Stanford University and BA from Brown University.
Greg Wolfe has more than 20 years of years of experience in the high technology industry and is an active advisor to CEOs around the globe in the area of creating rapidly growing and customer-obsessed companies.
He served as the Executive Vice President of Operations of Business Objects SA for several years until its sale to SAP in 2008. In his time at Business Objects, he helped lead the organization through hyper growth, creating the #1 business intelligence provider in the world with over $1 billion in revenues, millions of licensed users, and over 5000 employees.
Greg previously served as Vice President of Americas Sales at Crystal Decisions, where he was one of the primary architects of its global success. Greg is an active private company board member and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Regina.
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