Sigma Labs Appoints Software Exec Ruport Executive Chairman
Sigma Labs, Inc., has appointed accomplished software industry executive Mark K. Ruport as executive chairman and as a member of the company’s board of directors, effective December 3, 2019.
Mr. Ruport brings over 30 years of public and private company experience in the software sector to his position at Sigma Labs as executive chairman. Mr. Ruport will leverage his history of building companies through strategic relationships, joint development agreements, innovative sales strategies and a focused management of day-to-day operations. He will team with CEO and board member John Rice to leverage the company’s market momentum, accelerate its growth and increase shareholder value.
Prior to joining Sigma Labs, Mr. Ruport served as Executive Chairman of Content Analyst Company, a leading developer of advanced analytics software for searching and analyzing unstructured text until its acquisition by its largest customer in 2017. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Configuresoft, a venture-backed Enterprise Systems Management company where Mr. Ruport orchestrated an OEM contract that later led to the acquisition of the company by EMC.
Prior to Configuresoft, Mr. Ruport served as Chairman and CEO of Optika, a venture-backed Enterprise Content Management Company that he led from a start-up of 30 employees through an Initial Public Offering, international growth and a successful transaction to merge with Stellent, Inc., which was subsequently acquired by Oracle. Mr. Ruport was also CEO of Interleaf, a public software company and held senior executive positions at Informix (later acquired by IBM) and Cullinet (later acquired by CA, Inc.). Mr. Ruport received a Bachelor of Science in Business and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.
“As evidenced by the recent progress with OEMs, end users and additive manufacturing integrators, our business is now at an inflection point that requires an industry veteran to amplify our success and accelerate our market penetration alongside strategic partners with a keen interest in our technology,” said John Rice, Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Labs. “Mr. Ruport’s long history of taking companies through various stages of growth will be invaluable as we enter the next phase of our growth cycle. We believe there is significant potential for shareholder value creation and look forward to unlocking this for our shareholders under Mark's leadership,” concluded Rice.
“The ability to have an immediate, tangible impact on Sigma Labs with the apparent adoption of its incredible technology in the marketplace is a unique and exciting opportunity,” said Mark K. Ruport. “My focus will be on accelerating our commercial adoption with strategic partners and amplifying the recent success John and his team have achieved. This blueprint is something I am very familiar with given my experience with disruptive companies in the software sector and I look forward to working with the entire team at Sigma Labs to drive forward its strategic initiatives,” concluded Ruport.
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