BALTIMORE--()--Leading international election technology solutions provider Scytl announced today that Michelle Shafer has joined the company to lead the communications and government affairs initiatives for both Scytl USA and SOE Software. Scytl recently acquired SOE Software and Ms. Shafer will be leading the branding, marketing, government affairs and communications initiatives for Scytl’s U.S. operations.
“Michelle is an excellent addition to the Scytl team and I am excited to have her on board with us”
Ms. Shafer joins Scytl with 20+ years of professional experience with significant management responsibility and a proven track record in corporate communications for technology companies, specifically in the areas of public relations, government affairs, branding, social media and marketing. Shafer possesses 16 years of experience specifically in the election technology industry working with corporate entities and federal, state and local election officials in the development, management and execution of new voting technology initiatives, voter education & outreach programs, voting accessibility efforts, media relations campaigns and pollworker training programs. She possesses hands-on election experience conducting Election Day site support for electronic and optical scan voting systems. Shafer has served as a pollworker in the U.S. and internationally and has significant experience with internet voting and electronic blank ballot delivery systems through her work as a subject matter expert for U.S. Department of Defense contractor CALIBRE Systems during the company’s work for the U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). Shafer has served as a New Voting Technology Expert for the OSCE/ODIHR during the Election Assistance Mission to Switzerland for the October 23, 2011 elections and worked for IFES as a Polling Station Advisor for the December 2010 SNAP elections in Kosovo.
“Michelle is an excellent addition to the Scytl team and I am excited to have her on board with us,” said Pere Valles, CEO of Scytl. “Michelle will be instrumental is helping integrate Scytl’s efforts in the U.S. marketplace. She has significant experience as an election technology subject matter expert both in the U.S. and internationally and as a result, I see her leading a variety of efforts for our company worldwide as we go forward.”
Scytl has expanded its U.S. team with the addition of several new employees working in the areas of sales and customer support in addition to Shafer. Bob Wilks joined Scytl USA as a regional sales manager. Wilks is an experienced technology sales professional with a successful career spanning over a decade in complex selling environments both in the state & local government and business-to-business marketplaces. Mark Rizzo and James Rundlett have joined SOE Software as enterprise business manager and enterprise business analyst, respectively. Rizzo has over 15 years of professional selling experience navigating both public and private sector environments in multiple industries that include healthcare medical devices and technology. Rundlett is a recent graduate from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and joined SOE Software immediately following his graduation, where he is leveraging his education to assist the company’s business development efforts. SOE Software’s new support team members include Mandy McShane and Trish Waters who are both account managers for the company.
“We are very pleased to have both Michelle and Bob with the company in addition to all of the new team members at SOE Software,” said David Campbell, General Manager of Online Voting Solutions for Scytl USA. “We already have a great team assembled who are making significant inroads in the marketplace and successfully supporting our customers. Now our collective team of Scytl USA and SOE Software will be that much stronger.”
ABOUT SCYTL AND SOE SOFTWARE
Scytl is an international technology company providing innovative election software solutions that include secure online blank ballot delivery and internet voting. Scytl’s groundbreaking election security technology is protected by international patents that enable the company to electronically implement all types of election administration processes in a secure and auditable manner, positioning the company as the worldwide leader in the election technology industry. Scytl's online blank ballot delivery technology enables military and overseas voters to securely receive electronic ballots while providing election officials with the administrative efficiency to manage the complex overseas voting processes. Scytl’s solutions have been successfully deployed for U.S. overseas and military voters since 2008 as jurisdictions make changes to comply with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and New York, among other jurisdictions are using Scytl’s secure online blank ballot delivery solutions for the upcoming November elections. In January, 2012 Scytl purchased SOE Software, adding to its election product and service offerings. SOE Software is a nationally recognized leader in e-government software solutions that increase productivity and efficiency. Through SOE Software’s web-based Clarity Software Suite, the company assists government offices with web communication, outreach & education and office productivity. SOE Software is based in Tampa, Florida and provides solutions that are time-tested in over 900 city, county and state government offices in 27 states across the U.S. Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in numerous countries in addition to the United States including Canada, the UK, France, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India and Australia. Scytl is based in Barcelona, Spain with its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and offices in Florida, Toronto, New Delhi, Athens, Kiev and Singapore. Scytl is a portfolio company of leading international VC funds Nauta Capital, Balderton Capital and Spinnaker SCR. More information is available at www.scytl.com and www.soesoftware.com.
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