Todd DeSisto to Head Worldwide Customer and Partner Expansion | Funding Led by JMI Equity Includes Wipro and Mitsui USA
Axeda Corporation, the leading cloud-based service and software for managing connected products and implementing innovative machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things solutions, today announced the appointment of Todd DeSisto as President and Chief Executive Officer and the closing of $12 million in growth funding led by JMI Equity, a long-term supporter of Axeda, as well as Wipro Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Mitsui USA”).
With more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience, Mr. DeSisto has held executive roles in finance and operations creating investor value with private companies including Network Intelligence, New River Inc., Hawaiian Wireless, Atlantic Cellular Company and Aloha Partners. Mr. DeSisto served as CFO and COO of Axeda prior to his promotion.
“The commitment of Todd and the Axeda team has been unwavering, and as a result, Axeda has achieved significant momentum in signing an enviable list of enterprise customers, expanding key ecosystem partnerships, and developing international channels,” said Jit Sinha, general partner, JMI Equity. “We are pleased to provide this additional growth capital to support the company’s continued expansion.”
The funding follows a record quarter of new customer growth, and Axeda has added more new customers in the first half of 2013 than all of 2012. All told, nearly 1.3 million assets in the Internet of Things are managed by the Axeda Machine Cloud®.
Axeda Platinum Partner Wipro participated in the funding. Dr. Anurag Srivastava, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Wipro said:
“Axeda has established a leadership position in M2M and the Internet of Things. We are a key M2M solution partner for customers in the telecommunications, health and life sciences, manufacturing and energy & utilities space. With multiple M2M customer engagements already underway, we see merit in strengthening this partnership and investing in its successful future.”
As a strategic business partner, Mitsui USA will work closely with Axeda to expand its geographical footprint and customer base by identifying and expanding sales and business development in Asia-Pac.
Masahiro Moriyasu, senior vice president, Mitsui USA, said:
“Axeda has created a cloud platform with enormous growth potential, including new M2M products and strategic alliances, and we are excited to support Axeda in building new international partnerships.”