Deborah Besemer

DEBORAH BESEMER is a software industry executive.  She was the CEO of Gemvara from 2009 to 2010 and currently is Chairman of the Board of that company. Previously she was the President and CEO of BrassRing, a leading provider of talent management solutions. Under her leadership, revenues grew consistently, from $1 million in revenue to $40 million until she oversaw the sale of the company to Kenexa Corp. for $115 million. Prior to joining BrassRing, Deborah spent more than a decade at Lotus Development, where she held the position of Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Field Operations with revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and more than 4,000 employees in 46 countries.  She is currently serving on the board of directors at Brightcove, Inc. and Gemvara Corp. Formerly, she served as a board director at Double-Take Software, Bullhorn, My Perfect Gig, Kubisoft, Inc. and Eprise Corporation.


Deborah has taken an active role in organizations that serve disaster victims, women in business, and the technology industry.  Deborah is a former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (formerly Mass Software Council) and served on the Board of Trustees for 9 years. She served on the University of Massachusetts High Tech Executive Council, and The New England Small Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Deborah is a Trustee at the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit to help women grow their careers and companies.  She is a member of the Disaster Assistance Team for the American Red Cross.


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