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Wilmington-based Software Firm Announces New CEO

By Staff Reports, posted May 16, 2023
Bryan Jones

Education business software company LINQ appointed Bryan Jones as CEO, according to an announcement Monday. 

Jones succeeds interim CEO Tim Clifford, who will continue to serve as the company's executive chairman.

A long-time leader in the SaaS and private equity sectors, Jones joins Wilmington-based LINQ as the organization builds on its recently launched K-12 Business Platform anchored by its Education Resource Planning (ERP), Nutrition Management and comprehensive payments solutions for states and school districts, a news release stated.

“LINQ has evolved to comprehensively address the unique business challenges of the K-12 education sector,” said Stephen Davis, managing partner at Banneker Partners (investors in LINQ), in the release. “We are thrilled to have Bryan lead the team through this next period of growth, innovation and further integration across our K-12 platforms.”

Jones adds 15 years of innovative, client-focused leadership to LINQ’s team of K-12 education and SaaS executive leaders, according to the release. The team includes CFO Brian Dockray, Chief Operating Officer Bill Bergen, Senior Vice President of Product Brandy Keller and Chief Strategy Officer Tony Marzulli, who came on board in 2022, and Chief Revenue Officer Brian Murphy, who joined in April.

"Bergen, Keller, Marzulli and Murphy joined LINQ after successful management of cloud-based K-12 software providers, including Frontline Education and Community Brands, while Dockray previously served as CFO for Insurity, GLG and Ipreo," the release stated.

Jones will lead the executive team and organization in defining continued product alignment, integration and development as well as defining an overall strategic approach that will grow the organization’s market footprint both organically and through mergers and acquisitions, according to the release.

LINQ currently serves 46 state agencies and 4,400 districts across the nation with its Education Resource Planning (ERP) and Nutrition Management for districts and states. Its comprehensive payments solutions support almost 2 million parents and guardians, the release stated.

Jones comes to LINQ from Auctane, a leader in shipping commerce, where he has served as chief operating officer since 2019, according to the release. Previously, Jones was a cofounder of B.Well Connected Health, Collider Media and GetHealthy.Store.

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