Ritchie to bring leadership, entrepreneurial experience to growing business
SOUTH BEND, Ind., January 2, 2018 — Vennli, the leading voice of marketplace analytics platform, today announces the appointment of Bryan Ritchie to the company’s board of directors. Ritchie is the vice president and associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame, where he leads the university’s IDEA Center. As head of the IDEA Center, Ritchie directs the University’s Innovation Park, a commercial accelerator designed to help Notre Dame researchers and others bring their discoveries to market.
Prior to his role at Notre Dame, Ritchie served as the president and CEO of venture capital firm GrowthSPORT, where he led investments in seed-stage technology companies. Ritchie has formed multiple information technology companies of his own as well as held management positions with Century Software, Dayna Communications, IBM, Novell, IOMEGA, Megahertz, and 3Com. He has also consulted for over 100 other companies, including Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Seagate, and Verizon.
"Bryan's addition to the Vennli Board of Directors is an important step in the development of our company,�? said Gary Gigot, Vennli’s co-founder and chairman. “He brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience directly relevant to Vennli's next stage growth plan. To have Bryan located in South Bend with the resources of the IDEA Center behind him, opens up great possibilities for Vennli's go-to-market plans. Bryan is a hands on, informed and highly capable addition to our Board.�?
Prior to co-founding GrowthSPORT, Ritchie spent four years directing technology commercialization at the University of Utah. He oversaw more than 60 new startups, more than $700 million in investment and grants, an average of 90 licenses per year, and 90+ patents per year.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to join Vennli’s board of directors,�? said Ritchie. “The company is a wonderful example of the constant innovation in Indiana’s robust tech industry, and I’m excited to be a part of their continued growth.�?
Ritchie is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in political economy from Emory University. He is is the author of two books: Systemic Vulnerability and Sustainable Economic Growth: Skills and Upgrading in Southeast Asia and, with Michigan State University’s Lindon Robison, Relationship Economics: The Social Capital Paradigm and its Application to Business, Politics, and Other Transactions.
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