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Q&A Podcast with President of OpenText US Public Sector Karen Terrell

“Information is a mission-critical asset of any enterprise… and certainly that is the case in government."

In April 2020, OpenText™ announced the establishment of a new US Public Sector group within our organization. This group brings together selling teams across the product portfolio into one operational business unit, which will be led by industry veteran Karen Terrell, who joins as President of OpenText US Public Sector.

Headshot of Karen Terrell, President of OpenText US Public Sector “Karen Terrell is a world-class leader and the ideal choice to lead OpenText’s expanded approach to the US public sector,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO & CTO “This new structure and investment will allow us to better support customers across the US public sector in delivering their critical mandates.”

Previous to this role, Karen served as the President of Adobe’s Public Sector business and was a member of the corporate executive leadership team. During her time at Adobe, she drove double-digit software growth, and was instrumental in making the digital cloud portfolio the fastest growing solution for Adobe Public Sector.

Recently, I sat down for an introductory conversation with Karen to talk about her passion for leadership and public service, where she sees digital transformation going in government, and of course, what was it about OpenText that made her want to join the company.

Connect with Karen Terrell on LinkedIn.

Brian Chidester

Brian Chidester is the Head of Worldwide Industry Strategy for Public Sector at OpenText and the host of "The Government Huddle with Brian Chidester" podcast from Government Marketing University. He is responsible for growing OpenText’s Public Sector practice while also ensuring the success of our public sector customers. Formerly, Brian served as the Industry Marketing Lead for Public Sector at Appian. He also has held product marketing roles with Monster Worldwide, Arrow ECS and IHS Markit, where he was awarded Best in Show - Lead Generation at the 2014 MarketingSherpa Email Awards. Mr. Chidester holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from Liberty University, is a Board Member for the University of South Florida - Muma College of Business, and is an Advisor to the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance at the World Economic Forum.

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