Digital enterprise IT solutions provider BMC has announced its appointee for interim president and CEO as well as new board appointments--and there are some familiar faces in the crowd. Bob Beauchamp, who served as BMC’s chairman and CEO prior to the company’s acquisition by private equity giant KKR, will act as the company’s interim president and CEO, while former BMC board member Jim Schaper has been named as chairman of the board. Both Beauchamp and Cisco alum Blair Christie—the only new face—have been appointed as board members.
Beauchamp takes over the top role from Peter Leav, who served as CEO of BMC since its KKR acquisition in 2016. The company reports that Leav is resigning from the role in order to take “a planned career break.”
KKR was publicly enthusiastic about the appointment, with KKR technology, media and telecom (TMT) head Herald Chen stating: “We are grateful to Peter for leading a fantastic team over the last few years and are pleased to have Bob and Jim return to BMC and to welcome Blair to the BMC board…we believe BMC is well positioned for accelerated growth both organically and through M&A, and we look forward to working with the team to help the company during this next stage of its evolution.”
Beauchamp started at BMC as a sales representative in 1988, working his way up through the ranks before being named CEO in 2001. Beauchamp also became chairman in 2008, a role he held until 2018 following Leav’s appointment as CEO. His leadership tenure oversaw a $6.9 billion deal to take BMC private in 2013 after 25 years as a publicly-traded company.
Schaper also has a history with BMC, having served on the company’s board for several years. In addition to serving on the board of BMC and other software companies, Schaper founded and served as CEO of software company Infor.
Christie, the only new face among BMC’s recent appointments, previously served as Cisco’s chief marketing officer and senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. She currently holds positions on the boards of several private and public companies.