Fishbowl, a restaurant industry leader in digital marketing, named Dev Ganesan as CEO yesterday.
A seasoned technology executive with a track record of success building companies in the digital, mobile, customer relationship management (CRM), and analytics industries, Ganesan will be responsible for driving Fishbowl’s next phase of growth with its big data and analytics solutions. Former CEO Scott Shaw has taken on the new role of chief innovation officer.
“On the heels of our successful launch of Loyalty Analytics and the growing industry demand for data-driven marketing, the time was right to introduce a new CEO, and Dev is the perfect fit,” says Shaw. “Dev’s entrepreneurial drive and track record of growing scalable technology and services businesses, for both private and publically-held companies, is impressive. Given his exceptional record of operational and financial success, we’ve no doubt that Dev will accelerate Fishbowl’s growth.”
Most recently, Ganesan served as CEO of Aptara, where he led its expansion from a technology vendor to a digital and mobile solutions partner that led the publishing industry’s transition from print to the digital age. Under Dev’s leadership, Aptara doubled its EBITDA, tripled its value in the last three years, and was recently acquired.
“I am thrilled to be joining Fishbowl at such a pivotal time in the restaurant and digital marketing industries,” Ganesan says. “Fishbowl’s Loyalty Analytics and guest acquisition solutions are giving restaurants business insights they’ve never had − actionable information that’s increasing sales. I look forward to taking the company to its next level of financial success as the restaurant industry’s trusted technology partner.”
Prior to Aptara, Ganesan was CEO of Intelliworks and TRADOS, both venture-backed software companies. Ganesan was also the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Advanced Communications Systems (Nasdaq: ACSC, a professional services firm) where he led seven acquisitions and the company’s IPO.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Xurmo Technologies, a Big Data Analytics company, and C2 Technologies, an eLearning company. Ganesan received the SmartCEO Future 50 award in 2014 and 2013, and was recognized as a Washington Tech Titan in 2013.