Marathon Technologies has announced that Jim Welch has joined the company as its new president and chief executive officer. With more than 25 years of experience and expertise in developing high growth, sustainable software companies, Welch will propel Marathon’s next phase of growth by leading the strategic direction and operations of the company.
Welch has many years of executive leadership experience in high growth software companies and brings a wealth of enterprise software expertise to Marathon. He was one of the original founders of Intellution, a PC-based automation and internet software company. Before Intellution was purchased by Emerson in 1995, Welch had advanced in the organization to the role of Executive Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Development.
Following Intellution, Welch joined Ascential Software, the market leader in Enterprise Data Integration. As Vice President of Product Operations, he helped shape a new business strategy that tripled revenue growth in three years and resulted in the acquisition of Ascential by IBM in 2005. Welch remained at Ascential to ensure the company’s effective integration into IBM and was subsequently promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the InfoSphere Software business of IBM. The $600 million division is a high growth business for IBM that has been recognized by Gartner and Forrester Research as the execution and vision leader in master data management, enterprise data integration and data quality.