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Jeff Hawn

Former Attachmate CEO Jeff Hawn has been named Chairman and CEO of Vertafore, the Bothell-based insurance software company. His start date is April 13th.

Vertafore — which sells software to both insurance agents and carriers, helping insurance companies boost productivity of employees — is a bit of a sleeping giant in the region. The company started in 1969 in Texas as Agency Records Control, a card tabulating service bureau for independent agents.

Today, Vertafore employs 1,400 people worldwide, including 480 in the Seattle area. It also has offices in Pulaski, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; East Lansing Michigan; Boulder, Colorado; Winsor, Connecticut; Woodland Hills, California. It is now owned by private equity firm TPG.

Hawn will not be based in the Seattle area, and does not plan to relocate.

“Vertafore is a great company with a long, proud history and I am enthused about joining,” said Hawn in a statement. “Our focus will continue to be on delivering value to customers so that they can realize the full potential of their business.”

Hawn previously served as CEO of The Attachmate Group, the holding company for Novell, NetIQ, Attachmate and SUSE. Before that, he worked as a senior vice president at BMC Software Inc.

While at Attachmate in 2008, Hawn was charged with animal cruelty for sanctioning an illegal bison hunt near his family’s property in Colorado.

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