If your new boss turned up to work boasting the CV of Infor's chief executive Charles Phillips you'd probably listen to what he said, particularly as he was a captain in the US Marine Corps.
Phillips has also served as a president at Oracle and on its board of directors, having moved into the technology field after several years as a managing director at Morgan Stanley. He also secured a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the US Air Force Academy.
He's also found time to advise president Obama, as part of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board in 2009, which looked at ways the country could recover from the recession. Oh, and he's also worked for the American Museum of Natural History.
All these talents have clearly come to the fore at Infor. Since taking over some 15 months ago Phillips has given the firm a new lease of life, with growth of 12 per cent and 3,700 new customers added.
In an interview with V3, Phillips explains this growth has come about by reinvigorating the company with new blood and pushing the importance of integration among the firm's products.
"When I joined the pace of innovation and change was slow so it was imperative to change this - I brought in three people when I joined and they brought in new people in turn so over the last five quarters we've brought in some 3,000 new people," he said.
"We added about 600 software engineers to reach a total of 4,000 and they have helped us ship 102 products in the last 12 months, more than the firm had in the previous three years, as well as 5,200 enhancements to existing products."
Infor sells its products by focusing on the highly specialised needs of niche industries to provide out-of-the-box applications.
"By only focusing on 12 industries we can meet the specific requirements of firms in those sectors, so no customisation is required as the functionality is built-in," he said.
"For example we're big in assembly line production, where a firm is producing the same product but each component is different, such as custom cars where no two are the same, with Ferrari one customer using our products for this reason."
Other major customer Infor can boast include the likes of Boeing, BAE Systems and Heineken.
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