Acting Chief Executive Officer
Eric Vaughan is an experienced technology and M&A executive recognized for his innovation in the enterprise technology space and has been Ignite’s Chief Operating Officer since 2017. As Ignite’s Acting CEO, Eric is responsible for leading and motivating the global Ignite team to continue to drive the Company’s business to success in the eyes of its customers and ensuring great collaboration with all teams across ESW Capital.
As the founder and CEO of 3 software and services companies centered around IBM’s enterprise technology business, Eric is well known throughout the industry as an innovator, architect, and developer of a number of software, hardware, and integration solutions. Following the exit sale of his last technology startup, Eric served as the Chief Integration Officer for the acquiring company, where he led teams through the full cycle of activities to close over 20 M&A transactions including public-company buyouts, private equity/venture capital sales, and several divestiture transactions from IBM, with direct integration and general manager accountabilities for the acquired businesses post-close.
Eric is a frequent and noted author in industry publications including featured columns for executives in the enterprise software industry, and is a highly regarded speaker and thought leader on IoT, Cloud Computing, telecommunications and modernization of enterprise applications.
Outside of Ignite, Eric has been an avid runner, completing 28 marathons and over 50 ultramarathons, including nine 100-mile endurance trail races.