SAS Veteran joins KNIME Board of Directors

2011/09/20

Zürich, Switzerland—September 20—KNIME® today announced that Phil Winters, Strategic Advisor to Peppers & Rogers Group, was elected to KNIME’s board of directors.  Previously, Phil spent 25 years in senior positions at SAS®, helping to grow the little-known startup into a multi-billion-dollar software company.

“Phil has an excellent track record in both software and consulting and, with him on KNIME’s board, we will definitely benefit from his experience in growing our profitable fledgling organization into a worldwide organization admired by customers and employees alike,” said Michael Berthold, KNIME’s CEO. “As KNIME’s customer base continues its rapid expansion, Phil’s insights around nurturing diverse user communities and his skill in translating ‘software theory’ into useful business applications will also be extremely valuable.”

“KNIME is clearly one of the most innovative software companies in the world today,” said Phil Winters. “I am thrilled to join this exciting, dynamic group and I look forward to working closely with Michael and the team during this next phase of KNIME’s growth.”

Known as the “Father of Customer Intelligence”, Phil Winters has spent over 30 years helping organizations develop, strengthen and execute their customer experience strategies, emphasizing the bottom-line advantages of excellence in customer relationships. Phil’s passionate focus on the customer, underpinned by the broad spectrum of experience gained from senior executive positions, affords him an insider’s perspective in his work—a curriculum of success encompassing over 300 companies around the world for whom he played a hands-on role in the development and implementation of customer intelligence strategies and the requisite underlying business initiatives and IT infrastructure.

His business career began at SAS Institute where he held leadership positions within Marketing, Technology, Sales, and Operations. Most recently, he focused on building visibility throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria for Peppers & Rogers Group, an American management consulting firm recognized as the world's leading authority on customer-based strategies; he currently holds the position of Strategic Advisor.

Acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent thought leaders in the field, he is sought after as high-profile speaker at conferences and events, teaches at various institutions of higher learning, and conducts customer-focused seminars and workshops for enterprises and professional organizations alike.

KNIME is the leading open-source analytics platform and is based on a modern graphical workflow paradigm. From day one, rigorous professional software engineering processes combined with cutting-edge data analytics and visualization techniques have been applied to produce state-of-the-art results. KNIME is used by professionals in both industry and academia in over 60 countries. Open-source KNIME, as well as the KNIME product suite are supported and continue to be developed by KNIME.com AG, an independent vendor located in Zurich, Switzerland. See www.KNIME.com or contact thomas.gabriel@knime.com for further details.