Friday, December 14, 2012

KnowledgeTree Bolsters Executive Management Team

CED Member KnowledgeTree today announced the appointment of two new executives. Daniel Wideman was named Vice President of Product and Steve Balk was appointed Vice President of Sales. Three months ago, KnowledgeTree announced the hire of Petra Weishaupt-Smith, Chief Financial Officer. The company also plans to hire additional employees to work in the Raleigh office.

Daniel Wideman joins KnowledgeTree as VP of Product. He brings 14 years of experience in product development and product management for both early-growth and well-established technology companies. At, a $40 million business serving 1.5 million customers across 180 countries, Wideman ran product management. He was also responsible for launching's ecommerce and open publishing platforms. Previously, he was director of Information Architecture at Relativity Technologies.

Steve Balk joins KnowledgeTree as VP of Sales for the Americas. Balk, according to a statement on KnowledgeTree's website, possesses a wealth of expertise in successful sales management, deep experience in data integration, revenue generation and customer retention. Balk previously served as vice president of sales at Innovative Systems, DataFlux, and Hummingbird, where his leadership played a prominent role in achieving significant year-over-year revenue gains.

"KnowledgeTree continues to build out our top-notch core management team. The new hires will serve as key leaders as customer adoption accelerates," said Daniel Chalef, Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeTree, in a statement. "It is a testament to the strength of our market opportunity that these seasoned professionals have joined KnowledgeTree."

KnowledgeTree will continue to hire additional team members through the end of the year and into 2013, tapping the wealth of technology professionals in Raleigh's Research Triangle. The company is growing in the sales, marketing and engineering departments. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to KnowledgeTree via its careers website.

Update (11/17/2012) - KnowledgeTree is also featured in an article on PandoDaily. It's a great read!

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