Jon Roskill, the former vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, has been hired as the new chief executive of Acumatica, a Kirkland, Wash., company that makes cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology.
Roskill, who left Microsoft last fall, started at Acumatica this week after spending several months getting up to speed on the Seattle region’s startup scene.
He said via phone this week that he was attracted to Acumatica’s ability to be a disruptive force in one of the “stodgiest” parts of the enterprise technology world. He also was drawn to the company’s use of a partner model to distribute and white-label its technology.
“The goal is to be a billion-dollar company within 10 years,” Roskill said.
Acumatica raised $10 million last November in a Series C funding round led by Runa Capital and Almaz Capital. The company, which has 100 employees, moved its headquarters to the Seattle region from the Washington, D.C., area in 2012. About 35 of its employees are based in Kirkland. Its co-founder is Serguei Beloussov, a senior partner at Runa Capital and also the founder of Parallels.
The company’s previous CEO, Yury Larichev, will be staying on through March to transition the role to Roskill, before taking another position that has yet to be announced.