Leadership

Meet the experienced technology, process and manufacturing professionals who lead Savigent® innovation and drive customer success.

Leadership team

Dean Truitt II

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dean has a 35-year track record of transforming and optimizing global manufacturing and supply chain operations, enabled by leading and disruptive technologies. Prior to joining Savigent in January, 2017, he was the CEO of several high growth manufacturing and supply chain corporations. He served for 25 years as a strategic operations and systems integration advisor to Fortune 500 executives in manufacturing, automotive, food and consumer products, as a Big 4 consulting partner and national practice leader.

Bill Antoskiewicz

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Bill has more than three decades of experience as an executive in sales, marketing and customer operations. With deep functional expertise from Ralston Purina, Hershey Chocolate and Scott Paper, Bill has led large scale growth and transformation programs for Fortune 500 clients with EY and Capgemini. Prior to joining Savigent, Bill served as SVP of Marketing and Sales for Archway Marketing and EVP of Strategy, Marketing and Customer Operations with WorkflowOne.

Steve Barnett

VP of Customer Success

Steve is a Savigent founder and member of the Board of Directors. With more than 30 years of operations management experience, Steve led the team that developed Savigent’s Workflow component, which was granted a patent in 2014. In his current role, Steve has global responsibility for customers in the semiconductor industry, and works to help minimize variance, improve efficiency, standardize processes and implement Smart Manufacturing solutions.

Mark Besser

Senior VP of Customer Success

Managing all aspects of customer engagement including strategy, sales, services and support, Mark ensures customers successfully define and execute their digital manufacturing and supply chain strategies on the Savigent Platform. Mark serves on the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) Board of Directors.

Sonja Grunlan

Human Resources

Sonja spent the majority of her career in start-ups and small to mid-size companies. Early in her career, she was co-owner of an electronics engineering company and grew services from 100 percent contract employment to 50 percent project deliverables. As a global HR Director she has worked for medical device, biotech and high-tech companies, leading HR initiatives for M&As, providing multi-site and global oversight and strategic planning efforts.

Larry Layden

Vice President

Larry recently joined Savigent as its Vice President after more than 18 years in executive leadership roles at various technology companies. Throughout his career, Larry has leveraged his innovative leadership style to revolutionize traditional businesses into data-driven companies. With more than 30 years of cumulative industry experience in consumer goods, supply chain, consulting and differentiating technology, he brings a wealth of strategic insight to Savigent.

John Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Savigent in January 2018, John served in finance management roles across the Applications and Supply Chain & Operations business units at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to HPE, he was the CFO of Rainier Technology, a high growth, nationally recognized consulting company, bought by HP in 2001. He started his career as a CPA and audit manager at a national accounting firm.

Ben Nielsen

Chief Technology Officer

Ben leads development and expansion of new technology solutions for the Savigent Platform. With an extensive background in business technology, Ben held positions at Edgile, UnitedHealth Group, Wireless Ronin Technologies, PeopleNet and GE Capital where he took high-tech products from conceptualization through development to release.

Kris Rydberg

VP of Services

With more than 27 years of technology leadership in manufacturing, services and software, Kris leads Savigent’s Service team. The team is focused on successfully delivering, supporting and training customers on our platform and solutions. He has held positions as CEO, Chief Strategist, and Global Segment Strategy with Schneider Electric, as well as technology and service leadership positions with HP, Wells Fargo, SuperValu and Ameriprise Partners.

Rick Strahl

VP of Customer Success

Rick’s career spans nearly every level of global operations across multiple industries. His 35 years in management consulting, innovation, program delivery and operations improvement provide operations and technology expertise to clients and internal teams. Rick’s success is based on helping customers maximize return on investment and the value of the Savigent Platform.

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