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Mike Ettling’s Biography

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

The CEO Magazine
People Experience Solutions: Mike Ettling

In this feature, Mike Ettling discusses his career, how he came to take on the role of CEO of Unit4 and his philosophy of a creating a best “people experience”, and the firm's capabilities and evolution as a leader in the cloud-based enterprise software and ERP space.

ERPx Customer Momentum Boosts Unit4 Q1 Results After Strategic Growth Investment by TA Associates

Unit4 announced a significant milestone in Q1 with a definitive agreement from TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, for strategic growth investment of more than $2bn. Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, will invest alongside TA. Demonstrating the significant value of Unit4, the new partnership will provide the company with fresh capital to accelerate its ambitious growth plans.

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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.
SAP SuccessFactors
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

NCC Group
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.
Impellam Group
Non-Executive Director & Audit Committee | Investor
Sep 2013 - Present
London, UK
Impellam are the second largest staffing company in the UK and the sixth largest managed service provider worldwide. They provide managed services & specialist staffing in the UK, North America, Australasia, the Middle East & Europe.
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Previous Board Positions

Board of Directors
Dec 2017 - Jan 2021
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.
BackOffice Associates
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. EnterpriseAlumni powers the alumni networks of the world's 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.
LLR Partners
Advisor | Operating Partner
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.


Unit4's 2020 sets up 2021 and ERPx - a conversation with CEO Mike Ettling
Feb 2021
Mike Ettling, CEO of Unit4, talks with Diginomica about the company's success and growth in 2020 and ERPx, the company's take on modern core systems that act as a platform for building sophisticated business systems.
People Experience during a Pandemic
Virtual Discussion
Dec 2020
Mike Ettling joins Lisa Dodman, Unit4's Chief People Officer, for a discussion on the importance of creating and maintaining people experience during a pandemic.
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Today Unit4 Delivers on its Promise of ERP for a Digitally Transformative Future
Apr 2021
In this post on the Unit4 blog, MIke Ettling, Unit4 CEO, discusses one of the most significant milestones in his career: becoming 'the first cloud vendor to create an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that really delivers the building blocks for the mid-market people-based company of the future.' He also offers thanks to the Unit4 teams that were the driving force behind this innovation.
2020: a year of challenges, innovation, and change
Feb 2021
Mike Ettling shares his thoughts on UNIT4's success in 2020 and what lies ahead for the company in 2021, notably ERPX, a product for companies that are looking for more agile ERP solutions that can help them accelerate digital transformation.
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Forbes Technology Council
2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only organization comprised of leading CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Awards & Endorsements

The Top 25 Software CEOs of Europe for 2020
The Top 25 CEOs of Europe list honors leaders who have used their diverse backgrounds and strategic leadership to drive the growth and expansion of their companies, despite the financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking Engagements

When will ERP Deliver on its Promise?
Panel Member
Feb 2021
Paul Esherwood talks to Unit4 CEO, Mike Ettling, and new Chief Product Officer, Dmitri Krakovsky, about the evolution of enterprise applications.
Experience4U preview: The Power of Community
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. The event takes place on October 14th & 15th.
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Charitable Interests

Act4Good is Unit4's CSR Initiative. Reflecting the people-first approach Unit4 lives by every day, its approach strongly aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals - the world's best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030.

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
RavenIntel ensures that HR software is a success by finding, hiring and reviewing the best consulting partners for their client's software projects.
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Mike Ettling’s Education

London Business School
Masters in Finance, Private Equity
2000 - 2001
University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor of Accounting, Auditing
1986 - 1986
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