Board of Directors
John Burton is founder and managing general partner of Updata Partners, a leading venture capital firm focusing on innovative, growth-state IT companies. Mr. Burton brings to Harmony's board more than three decades of experience building multinational information technology companies from the ground up. He has held senior executive positions in both private and publicly held companies. Prior to co-founding Updata, Burton served as president, COO, and CEO of Legent Corporation – then one of the largest software firms in the world – growing the company from $126 million to more than $500 million in revenue.
Mr. Nye joined JMI in 2005 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Nye is a current Director of Appriss, Inc. and Harmony Information Systems, Inc. His JMI investment experience includes Apparent Networks, Inc., Axeda Corporation, QuIC Financial Technologies, Inc., Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc., Undertone Networks, Inc. and Unica Corporation. He also sits on the Board of the Young Atlantic Venture Association (YAVA).
Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Mr. Nye was a Consultant with Bates White, LLC. Mr. Nye graduated from Princeton University.
James Socas is a general partner of Updata Partners and is based in the Reston, Virginia office. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Symantec – the global security software leader, leading Symantec’s mergers and acquisitions practice, corporate venture investing, and strategic, financial and technology alliances. He conceived, negotiated and executed Symantec’s highly publicized international joint venture with Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading technology companies, and drove the successful billion-dollar acquisition of systems management leader Altiris, as well as several other major corporate acquisitions.
Prior to Symantec, James was a Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology group and spent 15 years in investment banking, where he worked with many of the leading enterprise and consumer software companies on M&A, initial public offerings, capital raising and restructuring. James serves on the board of the Potomac School and the non-profit Project Match, and he was appointed to serve to Virginia’s Board of Corrections. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia.
Donna Morea brings more than three decades of experience building large scale IT practices that focus on strategic, enterprise‐wide solutions for large clients in industry and government. In December 2011, Donna retired from a successful 31‐year career at American Management Systems (AMS) and CGI Group, which acquired AMS in 2004. As past President of U.S., Europe, and Asia for CGI, one of the largest independent information technology firms in North America, she led CGI's IT and business process services. Her clients included many of the world's largest and most complex organizations in government, healthcare, financial services, and telecommunications. Ms. Morea was also responsible for mission critical CGI proprietary software solutions that service government and commercial enterprises globally. During her tenure, she oversaw rapid organic growth; the successful acquisition and integration of Stanley Associates, a $900 million public company serving the defense and intelligence markets; the establishment of innovative onshore centers of excellence in rural America; and dramatic CAGR growth in CGI India. In 2011, her organization included more than 15,000 professionals, representing over $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Donna's commitment to her clients, her ability to build high performing executive teams, and her success at rapidly building profitable operations have earned her numerous promotions and industry accolades.
Joe Sander joined Harmony in 2008 as president and CEO. A 25-year veteran of the technology industry, Joe Sander brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership expertise to Harmony.
Prior to joining Harmony, Joe served as president and CEO of Consul Risk Management. Under Sander's guidance, Consul established itself as a leader in the Forrester “Security Information Management” Wave in 2006 and 2007. Consul was also recognized as the Most Innovative Company in Holland in 2004 by a leading Dutch magazine. Through consistency, predictability, and growth Mr. Sander successfully positioned the company to enter a strategic process that resulted in the sale of the business to IBM Corporation, creating a positive outcome for its investors, founders, and employees.
Mr. Sander has held senior positions at TruSecure Corporation, InSoft, and Computervision Corporation. At TruSecure, Mr. Sander built and managed the infrastructure required to market TruSecure Services worldwide. This resulted in significant revenue growth and an increase of more than 600 customers from 1998 to 2001.
Joe has a demonstrated track record of building companies known for their innovation and customer focus. Throughout his career, Joe has led all aspects of the management and business operations of commercial, off-the-shelf software companies, including software as a service (SaaS) delivery models.
Mr. Sander graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. He is also a graduate of the Young Executive Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as MindShare, an executive program for CEOs.