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Cofounders: Shaun Pendrigh & Michele Buson
How We Started to Shine - Our History

 

Shaun Pendrigh and Michele (“Mac”) Buson, the co-founders of Excel4apps, knew firsthand the frustrations of reporting tools for ERP systems. While management consultants for KPMG and prior to starting Excel4apps, they implemented Oracle E-Business Suite solutions and observed how end users struggled to create reports with traditional tools. They realized there had to be a better way.

During a 2002 OAUG Collaborate event, Michele was inspired by a session where custom Microsoft Excel functions were used to link Excel cells to Oracle data. He envisioned this concept as a means to create a reporting product that could benefit Oracle-E-Business Suite customers by simplifying the reporting experience and leveraging Excel skills. With Shaun as lead developer, they built a prototype of what would later become the award-winning GL Wand for Excel-based General Ledger (GL) reporting.

In 2004, Shaun and Michele began marketing GL Wand, with agreement from their employer (EOH), and signed their first customer, a London Stock Exchange-listed investment bank. The trajectory for globalization of the new product was immediate. By November 2005, they decided to pursue Excel4apps full time, without venture capital funding and from home offices.

Excel4apps and GL Wand were well received from the beginning. At an initial conference, a company presentation on the new GL Wand reporting solution drew such positive attention that it garnered the “Most Innovative New Product” award at the South Africa Oracle User Group (SAOUG) event. Fueled by passionate customer testimonials and word-of-mouth stories about the easy-to-install, easy-to-use software and responsive customer support, Excel4apps quickly added customers around the globe. The customer trend of enthusiastic endorsement for Excel4apps solutions continues today.

Michele and Shaun’s mission was to create best-in-class reporting and inquiry solutions for ERP system users. Another equally important goal was to lead a company of passionate individuals who were committed to making a difference while working hard and having fun, and that’s just what they did. Notable early hires through 2008 included Shirley Riddick, David Grant, Dean Jones, Richard Savill, and Chris Meyer. Grant Peterson also joined in 2008 and built GL Wand for SAP, released in 2009.

In 2016, Chris Meyer, the company’s President for the Americas and Europe, became the new Global Chief Executive Officer. Michele and Shaun will now lead the company’s new Innovation Center with a purpose of identifying and selecting the best available technologies and integrate them into innovative products and solutions to help deliver immediate business benefits to both our customers and internally.

Excel4apps has continued evolving its portfolio of user-friendly, Excel-based products for use with SAP and Oracle. In addition to GL Wand for SAP, other SAP products include Reports Wands (2013) for reporting data from various modules in addition to the GL and Planning Wand (2015), which uses Excel as a front end to SAP cost planning functionality. Notable Oracle releases include Budget Wand (2008) for easy, accurate budget uploading, Reports Wand (2009), and the Oracle Wands Suite V5 (2014), which includes Java-based versions of all Oracle products featuring a zero-client installation, and Journal Wand (2016) to provide the easy uploading of journals.

Excel4apps has grown into an award-winning organization, with offices in seven countries. To serve more than 20,000 users worldwide, it also established an expansive global support network. Through Shaun and Michele’s tenacity and perseverance, the company’s solutions are fast becoming the “silver bullet” for streamlining the ERP experience.

CEO

 
Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer, CEO

As the CEO of Excel4apps, Chris is responsible for driving business growth, overseeing overall corporate vision and strategic direction. Chris joined Excel4apps in 2009 to lead the Americas region and expanded his role in 2014 to include the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2016, he was appointed to lead Excel4apps as Chief Executive Officer. Read More or Watch Video to get to know Chris.

 

 
Co-Founders

Shaun Pendrigh

Co-Founder and Director of Product Development

 

Michele Buson

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Shaun Pendrigh leads the design and development of Excel4apps’ technology offerings and is a member of the Excel4apps Innovation Center that will identify and select the best available technologies and integrate them into innovation products & solutions for our customers and for Excel4apps.

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Michele is responsible for the Innovation Center and for supporting the current CEO with running Excel4apps. Michele previously co-founded Excel4apps and then led the growth of the company as the CEO for the next 10+ years until April 2016. The Innovation Center will identify and select the best available technologies and integrate them into innovative products & solutions for our customers and for Excel4apps.

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    Management Team
 
We Have Bright Stars Among Us

We are on a mission to rid the world of inefficient reporting tools and processes. It’s that simple. Since our founding in 2005, we’ve done exactly that with passionate people, phenomenal solutions and fanatical support. Our people collaborate in a super-charged environment where hard work and fun happily co-exist. We support each other and make a difference while celebrating our successes and watching each other shine.
 
Robyn White

Robyn White, Territory Manager - Australia/New Zealand and Northeast Asia

Robyn joined Excel4apps in 2008 as Global Financial Controller. In 2016, she accepted an exciting opportunity with the company as Territory Sales Manager for both Oracle and SAP markets in Australia, New Zealand and Northeast Asia. Robyn’s more than 15 years of experience in software, finance, sales, training and teaching covers industries from advertising and software to education. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Business Information Systems, as well as a Diploma of Higher Education, from Rhodes University in South Africa. Before joining Excel4apps, she worked at Oracle South Africa in E-Business Suite presales. Robyn’s enthusiasm for work stems from the encouragement of her colleagues on the Excel4apps team. Given her busy home life with husband, daughter and identical twin boys, Robyn’s favorite core value at Excel4apps is #workhardhavefun. She and her family enjoy competitive sailing, as well as traveling and exploring Australia.

 
   
Michael Borelli

Michael Borelli, Client Development Manager - Oracle

After joining Excel4apps in 2014 as a Territory Manager, Michael transitioned to the position of Client Development Manager in 2016. As a CDM, he ensures that customers receive full benefit from Excel4apps solutions by updating them on new reporting and uploading products for Oracle. He also provides resources and training so that customers get the most from their existing toolset. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Prior to Excel4apps, he worked in sales and account management. In his current position, Michael describes himself as “a point person for all things Excel4apps.” At Excel4apps, Michael appreciates the “big family” atmosphere and interacting with talented employees from around the world. He describes the environment as “perfect for a young professional.” Outside of work, Michael enjoys time with his wife and daughter, especially during summer vacations to the beach. He also likes sports ranging from football and soccer to kayaking and jet skiing.

 
   
Thian Theunissen

Thian Theunissen, Solutions Specialist

Thian has been a Solution Specialist since joining Excel4apps in 2015. In this role, he assists current and potential customers with questions about product installation, interaction with other software, basic training, and more.Thian studied education and commerce at the University of the North West in South Africa, where he received a Bachelor of Commerce in International Trade and Marketing. Afterward, he taught economics, business and accounting, as well as sport science. He enjoys leveraging this teaching experience in customer demos and training for Excel4apps.Company culture, responsive teammates, excellent products, and customer focus are what Thian values most about Excel4apps. He describes the environment as “not so much a job, but working with a family committed to helping customers solve issues and become efficient.” When not assisting customers, Thian’s favorite activity is spending time with his wife and daughter, especially during outdoor trips to farms and nature reserves. In addition, he’s passionate about constantly learning new things, as well as participating in sports like cricket, golf and tennis.

 
   
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We Shine Globally

 

We provide fanatical support through both regional offices as well as with partners and other local resources. We maintain offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa but also have local representatives and partners in other areas.

 

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