Shawn Farshchi is the President and CEO of Saba. Prior to taking on the President and CEO position, Shawn was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for Saba's product management, product development, cloud operations, professional services, customer support, IT, and marketing.
Shawn brings over 30 years of experience leading, driving, and managing technological, organizational, and cultural change in highly dynamic business environments. In his role as Chief Operating Officer for Coremetrics (an IBM company), a market leader in digital marketing and web analytics delivered through a SaaS model, he managed a broad range of responsibilities including product development, service operations, professional services, technical training, and customer service.
Prior to Coremetrics, Shawn served as VP of Platform Engineering and Operations as well as the GM of Voice Applications for WebEx Communications Inc. In this role, he led the engineering and product development for the Voice, Video, and Data Switching Platform, and was responsible for all aspects of WebEx's audio conferencing solutions. Prior to WebEx, he was regional VP at Oracle, Senior VP of Development at Broadvision, and CIO at DHL Airways.
David is a Managing Director and joined Vector in 2006. He leads the Private Equity Investment Team and has been actively involved in the investments in SafeNet, RAE Systems, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Teletrac (formerly Trafficmaster), Technicolor S.A., Open Solutions, and Saba Software.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allegro Development, Technicolor S.A., and Saba Software. David was previously a Director of SafeNet (acquired by Gemalto), RAE Systems (acquired by Honeywell), Teletrac (acquired by Danaher), and Aladdin Knowledge Systems (merged with SafeNet). He sits on the investment committee of both the private equity funds and the Vector Credit Opportunity Fund. He was named the Technology Investor of the Year – North America by ACQ Finance Magazine.
Prior to joining Vector, David worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 10 years and was a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions area, focused primarily on technology and media transactions. David worked closely with senior management teams to analyze and execute a variety of strategic alternatives, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and leveraged buyouts. In his time at Goldman, David led or participated in over 30 transactions worth an aggregate value of $120 billion, including transactions involving Microsoft, eBay, Adobe, IBM, Oracle, and PeopleSoft. Prior to Goldman Sachs, David worked at JPMorgan where he was responsible for raising debt financing for the firm’s corporate clients.
David has an MBA with Distinction from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. with honors in Economics from Duke University.
Andy is a Managing Director and joined Vector in 2008. Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allegro and Saba Software. Andy was previously a Director of RAE Systems (acquired by Honeywell), Teletrac (acquired by Danaher), and Aladdin Knowledge Systems (merged with SafeNet and acquired by Gemalto).
Andy came to Vector with significant technology investing and technology operational experience. Andy worked at Silver Lake Partners where he focused on large-scale technology buyouts in both North America and Europe. Previously, he worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he focused on mergers and financings in the technology and telecommunications industries.
On the operational side, Andy worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Lab, and at Sun Microsystems as a software engineer. He also worked at Vlingo, a mobile start-up based in Boston, as head of Business Development.
Andy received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He holds a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College where he graduated magna cum laude.
Tom Berquist is an Operating Partner at Vector Capital where he partners with Vector's portfolio companies to create shareholder value. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Saba and Corel. Previously Tom was Chief Executive Officer of Corel, a global consumer software and hardware company based in Ottawa, Canada, with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, China, and Japan. Tom joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in September 2009 and helped take the company private with the backing of Vector Capital.
Prior to joining Corel, Tom was Chief Financial Officer at Ingres, a private open source software company based in Redwood City, CA. Before entering the software industry in 2006, Tom spent ten years as a Managing Director of Software Equity Research for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Piper Jaffray where he covered most of the world's top software companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, Intuit, Nuance Communications, Symantec, and Autodesk. Previously, as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, Tom was responsible for selling and managing large enterprise software implementation projects for customers including Liberty Mutual Insurance, the City of Chicago, GMAC, Tyco International, US Bancorp, and Honeywell.
Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.