AudioEye Appoints Heath Thompson as Chief Executive Officer
TUCSON, Ariz. – March 2, 2020 – The Board of Directors of AudioEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEYE), an industry-leading software solution delivering website accessibility compliance to businesses of all sizes, has appointed Heath Thompson as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective March 23, 2020.
Thompson assumes the role from Executive Chairman Carr Bettis, who had been serving in the chief executive role during the transition period and will continue to serve as Executive Chairman going forward. Thompson will primarily operate out of the Company’s Atlanta offices, where the AudioEye development, product, and engineering teams are stationed.
Thompson brings nearly three decades of leadership and engineering experience at organizations ranging from start-ups to large global corporations with a deep background in SaaS and software product businesses. Most recently, he comes to AudioEye from cybersecurity leader SANS, where he was General Manager (GM) of the Security Awareness business. Prior to SANS, he was with Forcepoint, the leader in human-centric cybersecurity, where he held a variety of management-level roles including Senior Vice President (SVP) positions in Products, User and Data Security, Enterprise Security, and most recently, Corporate Development, Business Development & Strategy.
Prior to his time at Forcepoint, Thompson was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and SVP at Landis+Gyr, a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Before that, he served as VP of Engineering for Internet Security Systems (ISS), which was acquired by IBM in 2006. At IBM, Thompson was responsible for the research and development of all software, hardware, and SaaS/service product solutions within the ISS business unit. Thompson has also held key roles at various other organizations, including American Systems Corp and Attachmate. Thompson was also Founder and CEO of Thoughtmill Corporation, an information technology, and services company.
“On behalf of the entire AudioEye team, I would like to welcome Heath to our organization as its new CEO,” said AudioEye Executive Chairman Carr Bettis. “We began and conducted our CEO search process by looking for someone who had a proven product background as well as executive management experience in driving organizations to grow at scale. Heath has a decorated past in leading technology and specifically SaaS business model transformations. In Heath, we found a leader who possesses the skills that we were looking for to execute on AudioEye’s long-term growth plans. We are looking forward to leveraging Heath’s track record and unique skill set to take advantage of the rapidly growing market opportunity for our products and technology.”
Thompson added, “I’m excited by the challenge ahead, both from a social good as well as a business perspective. Carr and the team have done a tremendous job over the past few years in building this company into one of the leading providers in a nascent and vital industry, and I look forward to advancing our shared mission of eradicating barriers to digital accessibility. As AudioEye expands into new partnerships, formats, and offerings, I will be leveraging my operational experience and technology background, along with the strengths of the AudioEye team, to take the Company to the next level.”
Thompson holds an MS in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Emory University.
AudioEye is an industry-leading software solution delivering immediate ADA and WCAG accessibility compliance at scale. Through patented technology, subject matter expertise, and proprietary processes, AudioEye is eradicating all barriers to digital accessibility, helping creators get accessible and supporting them with ongoing advisory and automated upkeep. Trusted by the FCC, ADP, SSA, Uber, and more, AudioEye helps everyone identify and resolve issues of accessibility and enhance user experiences, automating digital accessibility for the widest audiences. AudioEye stands out among its competitors because it delivers Machine Learning/AI-driven accessibility without fundamental changes to site architecture. Join our movement at www.audioeye.com.
Dr. Carr Bettis, Executive Chairman
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