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Mike Ettling

CEO

Unit4

Miami, FL, USA

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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

Unit4
Americares Selects Unit4’s Next-Generation ERPx

Unit4, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for mid-market services organizations, today announced that Americares is the first global non-profit to select Unit4 ERPx, delivering a new standard of efficiency and effectiveness. Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches 90 countries on average, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine, medical supplies and emergency aid. 

Unit4
Unit4 Names John Gregitis as New North America President

“This is an exciting time to join Unit4,” said Gregitis. “Over the last 18 months, CEO Mike Ettling and the team have made great progress in growing the Unit4 brand in North America. We have a substantial opportunity for mid-market expansion in 2021 as we bring ERPx to market and focus on making our customers even more successful.”

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Mike Ettling’s Background

Unit4
CEO
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
President
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

Topia
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.
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.
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Previous Board Positions

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

EnterpriseAlumni
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

PeopleDoc
Advisor
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
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.

Media

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.
Talking Leadership with the CEO of Unit4 | Human First CEO Series
Human First CEO Series
Nov 2020
CEO of Unit4, Mike Ettling, discuss how he creates success for his company, customers, employees, and the community at large. The Human-First CEOs series invites leaders to talk about how they are leading their companies today.
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Publications

Why mid-market companies should get their Goldilocks mindset on
Author
Nov 2020
In this article for Diginomica, Mike Ettling, CEO of Unit 4, discusses the reasons why mid-market companies should apply a Goldilocks mindset — 'not too big, not too small' — to getting the best fit when selecting a business software supplier.
What can a new ERP do for your people and your business?
Author
Dec 2020
In this article, Mike Ettling asks if organizations are ready to remodel their processes to meet the needs of users in every location, role, and function. Ultimately, he writes, it is vital that companies reassess and modernize their digital architecture, especially in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
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Memberships

Forbes Technology Council
Member
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
Honoree
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

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.
Millennium Consulting Unit4 Financials Conference 2020
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.

Charitable Interests

Act4Good
Supporter
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

AppLearn
Investor
Mar 2018 - Present
Manchester, UK
AppLearn help businesses to adopt digital transformation, as the leading provider of software adoption solutions for enterprise organisations.
RavenIntel
Investor
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

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