uTest, the world’s leading provider of in-the-wild software and app testing solutions, has hired Chris Malone as its new Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Chris will oversee all of uTest’s financial and administrative operations.
A veteran of the IT Services industry, he previously served as the Vice President of Finance for NTT DATA (previously Keane), the 6th largest Global IT service provider. At NTT DATA, Chris held leadership roles that included oversight of the financial management of the Company’s U.S. and Canada Commercial Operations. Prior to NTT DATA, he was Managing Director at Corporate Finance Group where he leveraged his technical skills to advise corporate executives on financial management, M&A transactions and public offerings. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and holds both a Masters of Business Administration and a B.S. from Babson College.
“We’re very excited to have an executive of Chris’ caliber join the team,” said uTest CEO Doron Reuveni. “uTest has expanded greatly in the past year – in terms of our headcount, vision, offering & top line. Adding Chris to the team readies us for our next chapter of helping companies launch high-quality apps that their users love.”
The hiring is the latest in what has been a year filled with accolades and accomplishments for the app quality company. In September, the company won an American Business Award for “Fastest Growing Tech Company ” and was also named “Private Company of the Year ” by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Earlier in 2013, the company was named the “ #8th most promising company in America ” by Forbes, “the #1 Pacesetter in the Boston area ” by the Boston Business Journal , and “number four” on Bostinno.com’s list of “ 50 Boston-area companies and individuals that are on fire .” The company also was named to its second consecutive Inc. 500 list last month, and its in-the-wild app testing services recently placed 2nd for “Enterprise Mobile Solution” at the Mobile Merit Awards.
uTest’s app analytics tool, Applause, has also garnered significant recognition since launching in January. In September, the tool garnered 2nd place for “Tech Innovation of the Year” at the American Business Awards . Earlier in the year, Applause was also named “ Most Insightful Big Data and Analytics Innovation ” by MITX and also placed 3rd at both CTIA’s Emerging Technology Awards and the Global Mobile Awards. Applause was also been named a “Cool Vendor in Mobile Marketing, 2013” by Gartner.
In August, as it celebrated its 5th anniversary, the company’s global community of professional testers reached the 100,000 mark. Just last month, the company revealed in an interview with Forbes Magazine that, in 2014, it will be expanding its vision and taking the name of its current analytics product, Applause . It also announced that the uTest brand would live on – and also expand – as a full-service offering for testers around the world.