Nuance Names New President and CEO
MENLO PARK, CA - Nuance (Nasdaq:NUAN) announced that Charles Berger will join the company as president and chief executive officer. Berger has more than 25 years experience in high technology, most recently as president and CEO of Vicinity Inc., a provider of locations-based technology and solutions. He was previously CEO of AdForce, and prior to that was CEO of Radius. In addition, earlier in his career he held senior executive roles at a range of market-leading companies including Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and Rolm. Berger succeeds Ronald Croen who remains Nuance's chairman of the board. Croen was a co-founder of Nuance. After approximately ten years at the helm, last year Croen announced his intention to step out of the CEO role upon the naming of a successor. "We're excited to have Chuck join the company," said Croen. "He brings proven leadership talent and management skills to the job, along with a strong sales, marketing and financial background. His deep business experience will be very valuable as we confront the key strategic and execution challenges which lie ahead." Berger completed the sale of Vicinity to Microsoft in December 2002. Prior to that, at AdForce, a provider of online advertising management and delivery services, Berger grew revenues substantially, expanded US, European and Asian operations and led the company's initial public offering. As CEO of Radius, a software and peripheral manufacturer to the Apple Macintosh market, he grew revenues to more than $300 million/year. "I am enthusiastic about joining Nuance," said Berger. "The company already leads the industry with compelling and proven technology, has exciting new products, blue-chip customers and solid finances. Moving forward, we'll aggressively build on this foundation." Berger holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.