SmartVault Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Rick Pharr Rounds Out SmartVault Executive Team as Hands-On COO with Laser Focus on Customer Satisfaction

HOUSTON, TX – August 27, 2013 – SmartVault, a leading provider of SaaS online document storage and secure file sharing solutions, announced today the appointment of Rick Pharr, a veteran of the software industry, as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role as COO, Rick’s primary objective is to ensure the overall success of customers during all phases of their engagement with SmartVault. He will oversee customer-facing business operations including sales, training, and support for SmartVault. With a laser focus on customer success and satisfaction, Rick brings over 15 years of experience in the software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology industry, including leadership positions in both small start-ups and large public companies.

“We are thrilled to have Rick join the SmartVault team,” announced Eric Pulaski, SmartVault Founder and CEO. “His relentless focus on customer satisfaction and his background in software and SaaS make him the right fit for SmartVault culturally, and in our ongoing efforts to grow, innovate, and delight our customers.”

Prior to joining SmartVault, Rick was the Vice President of Customer Enablement and Information Technology for Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT), a market leader in seismic interpretation software. Prior to SMT, Rick oversaw the Enterprise Security Management and Control Compliance Suite support functions for Symantec Corporation and led various R&D functions, facilities, global support, and I.T. groups for BindView Corporation. He also led the successful creation of a multi-level support offering, 24×7 support operation, and self-service client portal web site.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for me, both professionally and personally,” said Pharr. “SmartVault is really changing the way accountants and small businesses access and interact with their documents – it’s great to be a part of a team that’s growing fast, innovating daily, and actually making people’s lives better at work. In a services model, we have to earn our customer’s business every month, and I am committed to the vision of making every customer interaction awesome.”

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