Patrick Brandt is Chairman and CEO of Zimbra, Inc. (formerly Telligent). In July 2013, Telligent acquired Zimbra from VMware. The two businesses merged to form Zimbra, a new software company offering a unified social collaboration suite. A veteran enterprise software entrepreneur and executive, Brandt has a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth and expansion.
Prior to serving as CEO at Telligent, and now Zimbra, Brandt was the founder and CEO of Skywire Software in 2000. During his eight-year tenure at Skywire Software, Brandt led the company through organic growth and 11 acquisitions, including the leveraged buyout of Docucorp (NASDAQ: DOCC) in 2007. By 2008, the market-leading vertical software company employed more than 600 people and served more than 2,400 customers in 45 countries. In July of 2008, Brandt led and negotiated the sale of Skywire Software’s enterprise software business to Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Skywire Software’s BPO business to Kubra, a private-equity backed outsourcer. Brandt remained on the Board of Directors, and served as Chairman of iWave Software, a spin-off of Skywire Software, until its sale to EMC (NYSE: EMC) in December 2012.
Today, Brandt serves on the board of appBackr, the first and only digital wholesale marketplace for mobile apps. Brandt also serves on the board of PeopleAnswers, a provider next-generation, cloud-based talent assessment systems to help maximize the quality of every hire, reduce turnover and streamline the selection process.
Brandt has also earned several accolades for his business acumen, leadership, and community service, some of which include: the Ernst & Young 2008 Southwest Area Entrepreneur of the Year Award®, the 2008 Tech Titans Corporate CEO Award, the 2006 Ellis Award from the Entrepreneur Foundation of North Texas, and the 2004 Tech Titans Emerging CEO Award.
An active community volunteer, Brandt serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations focused on promoting education and entrepreneurship among at-risk youth, and encouraging philanthropy to emerging and established companies. Brandt is a founding director of the National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship Greater Dallas Chapter, Chairman of the Board of Entrepreneurs For North Texas, a board member of Education is Freedom, a Partner of Dallas Social Venture Partners and an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization. Brandt earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University.