Microsoft exec Doug Caywood joins LiveTiles

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ASX-listed digital workplace software outfit LiveTiles has hired former Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft executive Doug Caywood to lead a further push into the US, as the company looks to expand its global enterprise customer footprint.

LiveTiles co-founder and CEO Karl Redenbach said the US government’s recent focus on increasing manufacturing investment had been a boon for the Australian company, which was now focused on further expansion in the USA.

He said Mr Caywood brought with him more than 25 years of experience working with consumer packaged goods companies, and was a perfect fit for LiveTiles given its existing customer base, which includes PepsiCo, and American professional baseball team The Minnesota Twins.

Mr Caywood is now LiveTiles’ vice-president for Global CPG and Retail, while Kendra Bluhm, a former Wal-Mart executive, is joining as innovation and experience lead.

“To have Doug join us following such a high-profile role at Microsoft, as one of its most senior employees, provides the strongest endorsement of LiveTiles’s potential,” Mr Redenbach said.

“Doug will be responsible for an enormous region in the USA and for building out our offering, targeting some of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies and fostering relationships with our existing blue chip customer base.”

The announcement follows one of Facebook’s most senior marketing executive, Andrew McKeon, joining LiveTiles as a director last month.

The company last week announced it had tripled its annual subscription revenue since the same time last year, with 321 paying customers signed as of March 31.

It recorded a loss of $13.2 million for the 2016 financial year, with the company focused on customer acquisition and digital marketing.

“We continue to experience strong momentum in all our regions, and we expect our growth trajectory to accelerate further in the June 2017 quarter,” Mr Redenbach said.

LiveTiles, which is headquartered in New York but has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, London, Seattle and Washington State, offers a ‘‘drag and drop’’ design canvas powered by Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure platforms.

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