Former Zendesk CFO, Former BMC Software CEO Join Nextiva’s Board

Nextiva announced that Alan Black, former CFO of Zendesk and founder of Surfspray Capital, and Robert (Bob) Beauchamp (pictured, left), former chairman and CEO of BMC Software, have been appointed to the company’s board of directors. The two bring decades of financial and enterprise software leadership to their roles at Nextiva.

“As we look to build the future of business communications and productivity, we welcome Bob and Alan to Nextiva’s board of directors,” said Tomas Gorny, CEO and co-founder of Nextiva. “The knowledge they bring after such storied careers in tech is invaluable to our future growth. Their strategic guidance will serve Nextiva well as we continue to build on our vision of powering human connections and further disrupt the market.”

Black (pictured, right) has more than 35 years of experience as an executive leading public and private enterprise software companies. Black founded Surfspray Capital, LLC in 2017 through which he has advised more than a dozen companies, including Looker Data Sciences Inc. (acquired by Google in 2019), Holdings (2019 IPO), and HashiCorp (2021 IPO). Prior to founding Surfspray Capital, Black was CFO of Zendesk (2014 IPO), CEO of Intelliden (acquired by IBM in 2010), and CFO of (1999 IPO).

Beauchamp brings to Nextiva more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software, as well as more than two decades of experience gained serving as a board member of various large and small companies across multiple industries.

Most recently, Beauchamp served as chairman of BMC Software, after serving as its CEO for more than 16 years. He also served on the boards of two Fortune 500 companies — Raytheon and National Oilwell Varco — as well as other public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations, including TransUnion, Anaplan, Forcepoint, ThoughtTrace, Baylor University, and Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems.

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