On the heels of hiring its first chief revenue officer (CRO), Nextiva has hired Phil Steitz, previously with Pegasus Solutions, as its first chief technology officer (CTO), responsible for product development, engineering, architecture and overall technology strategy.
Steitz comes to Nextiva with a 30-year career leading global technology teams. His professional experience includes a 10-year tenure at American Express, including serving as its first global CTO, and leading change in the company’s technology strategy and partnerships. He also served as CIO of Barclays’ U.S. credit card business, and CTO at Edgenuity and Deem.
“I am very excited to join the team at Nextiva,” he said. “We have an opportunity to do something really significant here. It is rare to have this combination of leadership vision, talent and market opportunity. I look forward to helping realize Nextiva’s product vision and advancing Nextiva’s customer communications and relationship management.”
In addition to his business experience, Steitz also serves as chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, where he oversees global technology standards and strategy, and also leads the introduction of numerous technology innovations.
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Nextiva serves more than 150,000 businesses nationally.
“We are thrilled to welcome Phil as the newest member of our leadership team,” said Tomas Gorny, Nextiva’s co-founder and CEO. “With his track record in technology leadership roles, including his tenure as the first CTO of American Express and chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, Steitz will elevate Nextiva’s technical organization, guiding us towards our goal: to democratize innovation and share breakthrough technologies, thus helping our customers realize their vision for the future.”