Chairman and CEO
Steve Papermaster, Chairman and CEO
Steve Papermaster has over 25 years of entrepreneurial leadership success founding, growing, funding and operating innovative global technology companies. He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Appconomy. As an entrepreneur, investor and executive, Mr. Papermaster’s leadership roles have also included serving as founder, Chairman, CEO and/or board member for publicly traded and private companies. He has spanned founding stages through IPO’s as founder, CEO, and board chairman/member including Appconomy, Moxie Software, DaQiao Group, Powershift Group, Perficient, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRFT), Vignette Corporation (Nasdaq: VIGN/OTXT), Per Se Technologies/acquired by McKesson (Nasdaq: PSTI/NYSE: MCK); TippingPoint Technologies/acquired by 3Com (Nasdaq: TPTI/COMS/HP), and BSG Corp.
President and COO
Brian Magierski, President and COO
Brian Magierski is co-founder, President and COO of Appconomy, as well as a member of its board of directors, where he oversees the company’s product, marketing, finance, and other operations. Brian has spent the past 15 years as an entrepreneur serving large enterprises and businesses with application software and web services offerings. Prior to Appconomy, he was co-founder of Moxie Software (fka nGenera), where he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Products & Marketing.
Moxie raised over $50 Million from Foundation Capital and Oak Investment Partners, and grew to over $30 Million in revenue in less than 4 years. Brian was also the co-founder and CEO of iMark.com, a business-to-business web marketplace for trading surplus goods that was sold to then publicly-traded FreeMarkets (currently Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA) in March 2000 for $340 million. Brian was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Austin, TX in 2000. Brian started his career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH, and also worked in a leadership role at Trilogy Software.
Currently, Brian serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship@Cornell, Cornell University’s university-wide entrepreneurship program, and the board of directors of ADRevolution. His educational background includes an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.
Senior Vice President, Global Business Development
Joe Canterbury, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development
Joe leads global business development for Appconomy, including Marketing, Sales, Business Development and related Support functions. Immediately prior to Appconomy, Joe served as a key executive responsible for international business development for Starbucks for more than a decade.
Mr. Canterbury had been with Starbucks since 2000, with his most recent position being Vice President of International Business Development. In that role, he was responsible for executing key strategic Retail and Consumer Product Goods projects for Starbucks in China, India, Brazil, and across Europe. He spent his first six years driving the international expansion strategy and entry into numerous new markets & channels across Asia, Europe and Latin America and then moved in 2007 to Amsterdam, where he was responsible for all new businesses and markets in EMEA (Europe, Middle East ∓ Africa). This was followed by a stint running Starbucks Germany before returning to a global role in Seattle.
Before joining Starbucks, Mr. Canterbury held various management positions with Daimler based in Germany and Singapore. While in Singapore, he drove M&A & Partnering strategy and projects across Asia. He received a Masters in International Business from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria and his MBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Charles Liu, Senior Vice President, Engineering
Charles Zhengyu Liu is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for the company.. Prior to joining Appconomy, Charles served as a senior manager with RIM (now Blackberry, Nasdaq: BBRY) in China since the company opened operations in 2006, first as the General Manager of RIM China and more recently as Chairman of RIM Mobile Science & Technology (China) Co., Ltd. As Appconomy’s SVP of Engineering, Charles oversees technology infrastructure & manages the development organization for the company.
Prior to RIM, Charles held multiple roles for Entrust Inc., Nortel Networks/Bell Northern Research, and the Shanghai University of Science and Technology, Shanghai China. Charles received anExecutive Development Program certificate from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China, a Master’s of Science in Computer Networking from the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Microwave Telecommunication, from the Dept. of Radio and Electronics, Shanghai University of Science and Technology, Shanghai China.