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November 18, 2019 | Posted by Ascentis Thought Leadership

Ascentis Appoints Veteran Software CEO and Leader, Chris Heim to Board of Directors

MINNEAPOLIS – Nov. 12, 2019 – Ascentis, a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management and human capital management technology solutions, today announced the addition of Chris Heim to the company’s board of directors. Heim brings more than 20 years of leadership experience strategically fostering high-revenue growth for software companies.

Heim is best known for fostering employee engagement and empowerment through his extensive leadership roles. Most recently, Heim served as CEO of Eden Prairie-based software company, HelpSystems, where he more than doubled the company’s revenue during his tenure.

“Chris Heim is highly regarded and is an accomplished serial CEO known for his ability to drive growth, organically and through acquisitions, for technology companies in complex market segments,” said Brian Provost, CEO, Ascentis. “Since Summit Partners acquired Ascentis two years ago, we’ve grown rapidly, and made multiple acquisitions, including the purchase of leading workforce management solution, NOVAtime. Chris’ qualifications and insights will be tremendously valuable as Ascentis continues its mission to better serve our clients. We’re excited to have Chris as such an important part of our company.”

“Because of my CEO background in the Minneapolis tech community, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Brian and work with the Summit team, and have tremendous respect for them,” said Heim. “I’m honored to be inducted onto the board of a company that prioritizes such incredible customer service and innovation within the workforce management and HCM solutions market. I look forward to being able to play a role at such an exemplary company.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris Heim to the Ascentis board,” added Peter Rottier, managing director, Summit Partners and board chair, Ascentis. “We have known Chris for many years and had the privilege of working together at HelpSystems. We’re confident that Chris’ operational and leadership experience will contribute to the continued growth and success at Ascentis.”

Heim has received many awards over his career, including being recognized as one of the Most Admired CEOs in 2018 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. He also proudly serves on other technology company boards, such as Calabrio, Field Nation and Digi.

About Ascentis

Recognized as a Best Place to Work, Ascentis helps organizations improve their human resources and payroll functions with its industry-leading workforce management solutions and a-la-carte, full suite human capital management technology platform. Supported by an ongoing commitment to delivering an unsurpassed client-centric service model, Ascentis’ recruiting, HRIS, benefits administration, performance and learning management, payroll and workforce management modules work independently or together to meet the needs of each client, wherever they are in the HCM journey.

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