Tom Erickson

Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer.

As he has done throughout a 30+ year-career in enterprise software, Tom is focused on driving customer success and business strategy at Acquia, Tom also leads the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuates through extensive travel to the 14 countries and 4 US offices from which Acquia currently operates.

Prior to Tele Atlas, Tom was the CEO of Systinet, the leading company in SOA governance, which was acquired by Mercury Interactive. Tom has also had executive roles at webMethods, Baan, Watermark and MRO Software. His blend of startup and established software company experience has offered him a unique view into rapidly scaling software companies.

At Acquia, Tom has guided the company to CAGR bookings growth of 250%. In 2013, Deloitte named Acquia the fastest growing private company in the USA in its "Fast 500" tech survey. In 2012, Acquia was named the fastest growing software company in the Inc 500 and received the MTLC Private Company of the Year award. Systinet’s revenue grew 5x in the 18 months Tom was at the helm prior to the sale of the company. Tom led webMethods’ international growth from 2000-2004 at a CAGR of 90% in what was arguably one of the toughest periods for enterprise software ever.

Tom began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS Honors degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has spent 14 years of his career living in Australia, England and France. He continues to be passionate about travel, languages, photography, and food and wines. He knows many pilots on a first name basis.