CORRECTING and REPLACING Socrata Adds Senior Leaders in Customer Success, Sales and Strategic Growth

New Executive Positions to Propel Expansion Across Current Customers, Prospects and Partners Socrata

SEATTLE--()--Please replace the release dated March 10, 2016, with the following corrected version due to changes to the second sentence of the fifth paragraph.

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New Executive Positions to Propel Expansion Across Current Customers, Prospects and Partners

Socrata, the global leader in software solutions designed exclusively for data-driven digital government, today announced the hiring of Jackie Golden, Senior Vice President of Customer Success, Bill Cull, Senior Vice President of Sales, and Robin Jones, Vice President of Strategic Growth. Additionally, the company announced that Bill Lawler has become Senior Vice President of Learning & Development.

“Socrata is at an important inflection point where we are beginning to execute aggressively against multiple growth initiatives,” says Kevin Merritt, chief executive officer, Socrata. “To be successful, I’m excited to welcome several new, accomplished executives with proven track records and diverse leadership experience – all of whom had many career options – but fortunately for us have subscribed fully to furthering our mission of empowering governments and citizens with open data.”

“Jackie is the author of the land and expand strategy many software companies are using to maintain strong growth within their customer base. Bill Cull’s background at the intersection of government and data has prepared him to lead our sales organization in bringing the most innovative open data solutions to market. Robin brings the entrepreneurial experience and passion necessary to build the Socrata Open Data Network into a powerful platform that gets government data into the hands of people who are making the big and small decisions that impact their lives. Finally, Bill Lawler will take responsibility for sales training, growth, development and certification, a role that will be critical to ensuring we can execute against all three growth initiatives.”

Jackie Golden joins Socrata with more than 18 years in the high tech industry as a change agent for building high performing customer success models. She is an author, speaker, and executive coach with a background that includes influential work with top software companies such as Hyperion, Cognos, Ascential, IBM, and WorkFront. She holds an MBA from San Diego State University and an undergraduate degree in International Business from California Polytechnic University.

Bill Cull comes to Socrata following a 20-year career that has uniquely included both government service and as an accomplished sales leader for some of the technology world’s most successful market leading companies. Most recently he served as the Vice President, Global Public Sector at Splunk. Prior to Splunk Bill was Vice President of Public Sector Sales for Endeca (now Oracle), FileNet now (IBM) and Kofax (now Lexmark). Prior to his sales leadership career; he led award winning eGovernment programs for the City of San Diego and the City/County of San Francisco both as a city employee and as a General Manager with NICUSA; a leader in eGovernment portals. Prior to being a part of the egovernment movement; Bill learned the operations of an urban city as the right hand/Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Independence Ohio. Early in his career; Bill successfully ran high profile Ohio Congressional and State Senate campaigns as well as serving as District Director and Press Secretary for those same elected officials.

Robin Jones is a seasoned entrepreneur, with Socrata being the sixth startup in which she’s played a leadership role. Her experience at growth companies including Geoloqi (now Esri), Avnera, Fonjax (now Keynote Systems), and UPEK (now Apple)., is paired with large technology companies like Esri, Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola and Motorola Ventures. Robin holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She is also a venture advisor at Elevate Capital and currently serves on the board of directors for TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Oregon.

About Socrata:

Socrata is the global leader in software solutions that are designed exclusively for digital government, delivering unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world. Built on an affordable, cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, Socrata equips governments, public safety and law enforcement agencies and NGOs of every size to rapidly transform outdated and expensive data access models, websites and legacy applications into intuitive, visually rich, intelligent consumer-grade apps and user experiences that can now be enriched and sustained by real-time government data, perhaps the most economically powerful public asset in history. To learn more about Socrata, visit


Socrata Media Contact:
Nevin Reilly, 212-446-1893


Socrata Media Contact:
Nevin Reilly, 212-446-1893