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Ertman Dulis & Helisek PLLC
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VentureLink Advisers, LLC

Mike Ettling



Miami, FL, USA

Mike Ettling


Mike Ettling is the CEO of Unit4, a software company that specializes in the professional services, public services, education, and nonprofit sectors. Unit4 prides itself in being in business for people, developing enterprise software and ERP applications designed to improve efficiency and productivity for its clients and creating an environment that allows them to spend more time on meaningful work.

Mike is a highly regarded Global Thought Leader in the IT, HCM, and cloud software industries, holding many executive roles and being an active investor and advisor for emerging companies. At each company he has been a part of, he has been known as a leader who builds and motivates world-class teams, champions diversity, and exudes a deep passion for how technology, notably HCM technology and cloud computing, can transform the workplace and empower individuals to realize their true potential.

Prior to joining Unit4 in 2018, Mike was President of SAP SuccessFactors, a leader in providing cloud-based software for human capital management. SAP is a $1bn+ business based in Silicon Valley with over 100 million users and 8,000 customers. Previously, Mike was the former Chief Executive for NGA HR, a multimillion global HR and payroll services provider. Mike also held the positions of VP of Global Business Process Outsourcing for Unisys, overseeing the delivery of cutting-edge technology to global blue-chip clients, and held various executive roles for Unisys, including Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand and VP of Outsourcing for Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, Africa.

Mike holds a master’s degree in Finance from the London Business School and is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, America, and Asia.

Mike Ettling’s Newsfeed

Tech Market View
Unit4 wins £30m Surrey County Council ERP deal

Cloud enterprise software supplier Unit4 has secured the contract to supply Surrey Council Council with a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. The contract is for an initial seven year term, with optional extensions of five and three years—potentially taking it out to 2035–and is worth up to £30m.

PR Newswire
Unit4 Announces its New Virtual Event, Experience4U - the Largest Mid-Market Event ...

...for People-Centred Services Businesses. Over 3000 professionals from Public Sector, Nonprofit, Higher Education and Professional Services Organizations Coming Together, as a Community, to Learn and Share How to Drive a Better People Experience. The Unit4 X4U vision keynote address, hosted by Unit4 CEO Mike Ettling, will stream on Wednesday, October 14th  at 1pm BST / 7am EST. It will focus on the company's vision for the future, and its exciting innovation roadmap that will help it redefine ERP so customers Experience Real Purpose.

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Mike Ettling’s Background

May 2019 - Present
Unit4 is a software company that designs and delivers enterprise software and ERP applications and related professional services, with a focus on the professional services, education, public services, and non-profit sectors.
Mar 2014 - Feb 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA
SAP SuccessFactors is the leading global provider of cloud-based human capital management software.
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Mike Ettling’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Board of Directors
Dec 2017 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Topia (formerly MOVE Guides and Polaris) provides the leading global mobility management solution to move and manage your global talent, enabling companies & employees to work everywhere.
Non-Executive Director, Investor
Sep 2017 - Present
Manchester, UK
NCC Group is a global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation, working with businesses to protect their brand, value and reputation against the ever-evolving threat landscape.
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Previous Board Positions

Non-Executive Director, Investor
Jan 2012 - Aug 2017
Washington, DC, USA
BackOffice Associates is a worldwide leader in information governance & data modernization solutions, focusing on helping customers manage one of their most critical assets, data.

Current Advisory Roles

Investor & Advisor
Mar 2018 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
EnterpriseAlumni is the market leading alumni & retiree management platform for large enterprise, enabling rapid acceleration of recruiting & sales programs. Powering the alumni networks of the worlds largest companies, enabling them to create engaging and vibrant alumni communities.

Previous Advisory Roles

May 2018 - Apr 2019
New York, NY, USA
PeopleDoc is on a mission to make the difficult job of HR easier. The PeopleDoc HR Service Delivery platform helps HR teams more easily answer employee requests on demand, automate employee processes, and manage compliance across multiple locations.
Operating Partner, Advisor
Dec 2013 - Jul 2014
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Founded in 1999, LLR Partners is a private equity firm committed to creating long-term value by growing portfolio companies. They invest in a targeted set of industries, including Education, FinTech, Healthcare, Software & Security, with a focus on technology and services businesses.


Two-day Virtual Event
Oct 2020
With Mark Jeffries as the host, keynote speakers for Experience4U, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, IAMTHECODE's founder, Lady Mariéme Jamme, and Unit4's own CEO Mike Ettling are teaming up to share their thoughts on their joint passion: building communities. Register for Experience4U, October 14 & 15 here:
Jul 2020
In this interview with ERP, Mike Ettling shares his thoughts on leading a company during the Covid-19 crisis, the long-term effects on the workplace, and developing new programs for employees to aid them as they adjust to new working realities.
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Miami, FL, USA
MIke Ettling shares his thoughts on all aspects of business, from technology to HR, software to leadership, and innovation to productivity.
Contributing Writer
New York, NY, USA
As a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Mike Ettling shares his thoughts and expertise on a range of topics, including leadership & management, technology, business strategy, and workplace environment.
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2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only organization comprised of leading CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Speaker
May 2020
The Millennium Consulting Unit4 Financials Conference 2020 brings together the ecosystem of Unit4 Financials users to learn and connect. The virtual conference includes presentations relating to Unit4 Financials, associated products, and tools and Project/Change Management.

Business Interests

Mar 2018 - Present
Manchester, UK
AppLearn help businesses to adopt digital transformation, as the leading provider of software adoption solutions for enterprise organisations.
Jan 2018 - Present
Chicago, IL, USA
Ensure HR software success. Find, hire and review the best consulting partner for your HR software project.
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Mike Ettling’s Education

Masters in Finance, Private Equity
2000 - 2001
Bachelor of Accounting, Auditing
1986 - 1986
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