Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced that Jay Bhatt plans to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director to pursue another leadership opportunity. Mr. Bhatt will continue in his roles at the Company until December 7, 2012. The Progress Board of Directors has initiated a search process and retained an executive search firm to identify a new President and CEO, and Mr. Bhatt will assist the Board in its search process to ensure a smooth transition. Phil Pead, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.
“The Board believes that Progress is on the right path and is committed to continuing to execute on the Company’s strategic plan to increase growth, profitability and shareholder value,” said Phil Pead, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Progress has actively implemented cost reduction initiatives and has substantially completed the reduction of our budgeted 2012 expense run rate by approximately $55 million gross value, with the net reduction of $40 million after reinvesting $15 million back into the Core segment. In addition, we continue to make progress on our plan to divest 10 non-core product lines, which we expect to complete on schedule. Progress is improving its core business and has a strong and experienced management team, as well as an outstanding group of talented and dedicated employees in place, to help drive the Company’s strategy forward.”
“The Board will conduct a comprehensive search to identify the best candidate to serve as Progress’ next CEO.” Mr. Pead continued. “Effective immediately, I will take a very active operational role in the company as Executive Chairman, alongside Jay. I am looking forward to working closely with the senior management team, which remains committed to executing our strategic plan. On behalf of the Board, I thank Jay for his many contributions to developing the Company’s strategic plan.”