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Jeffrey Rutherford
Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Rutherford

Mr. Rutherford served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ferro Corporation, an international coatings and colors manufacturing business, from April 2012 to September 2016. From July 2008 to April 2012, Mr. Rutherford served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Park-Ohio Holdings Corp, an international industrial supply and diversified manufacturing business. Mr. Rutherford served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at UAP Holdings Corp. from October 2007 to June 2008. At the time UAP Holdings Corp. was a publicly traded company that distributed agricultural inputs throughout North America. In 2008, UAP Holdings Corp. was acquired by Agrium Inc. Previously, Mr. Rutherford served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at LESCO, Inc., which at the time was a publicly traded company that distributed inputs to the professional turf industry, from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Rutherford also served on the board of directors of LESCO, Inc., from 2006 to 2007. LESCO, Inc. was subsequently acquired by Deere & Co. in 2007. Mr. Rutherford served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of OfficeMax, Inc., a retailer of office products and supplies, from 1997 to 2002, after having previously served as its Senior Vice President and Treasurer, from February to July 1997. From 1983 to 1996, Mr. Rutherford worked at Arthur Andersen, a consulting and accounting firm.  Mr. Rutherford earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Baldwin Wallace College

T​im Oakes
Chief Financial Officer
T​im Oakes​

Tim Oakes is the Chief Financial Officer of Edgewater. Mr. Oakes joined Edgewater in 2004 and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2009. Mr. Oakes is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Stonehill College. He began his career in accountancy working in the Boston office of KPMG, LLP. Prior to joining Edgewater, Mr. Oakes was a Senior Director of Finance at Symmetricom, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of equipment dedicated to the generation, synchronization and distribution of precise time and frequency signals. He has nearly 20 years of experience in financial and operational management gained working for various companies in the biotechnology, manufacturing and consulting services industries.

As the Company's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Oakes is responsible for the overall financial operations and controls of the Company, while directing the overall accounting, audit, tax functions and associated practices within the Company. Mr. Oakes joined Edgewater in 2004 as a Director of Finance. He was promoted to Vice President of Finance in 2007, Chief Accounting Officer in 2008, and Chief Financial Officer in 2009.

Robin Ranzal-Knowles
President, Edgewater Ranzal
Robin Ranzal-Knowles​

Robin Ranzal-Knowles is the President of Edgewater Ranzal​. Ms. Ranzal-Knowles founded Ranzal & Associates in 1996 and became President in 2004 when the company was acquired by Edgewater. Ms. Ranzal-Knowles is an Oracle Hyperion Certified Consultant and Instructor and holds a BS degree from SUNY Plattsburgh​. Prior to starting Ranzal, she held several technical and management positions including Director of Consulting Services for Dimension Data Systems, analyst positions at Business Express Airlines, and MCI. After founding Ranzal & Associates in 1996, Ms. Ranzal-Knowles grew the organization into a premier Enterprise Performance Management consulting firm. In October 2004, Ranzal & Associates became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Edgewater Technology, Inc. As President of Edgewater Ranzal, Ms. Ranzal-Knowles is primarily responsible for managing and is actively involved in client engagements throughout the country. Ms. Ranzal-Knowles is recognized nationally as an authority on Oracle Hyperion's Essbase (OLAP) technology. She is a frequent speaker at Oracle Hyperion events including Oracle Hyperion's User Conferences, and has served as a panel expert for Business Performance Management Magazine​. She has also played crucial roles in Edgewater Ranzal's Oracle Hyperion client implementations in the Healthcare, Consumer Packaged Goods, Finance, Insurance and Retail industries.

Russell Smith
President, Edgewater Fullscope
Russell Smith​

Russell Smith is President of Edgewater Fullscope.  Smith was a co-founder of RedKlay Solutions which provided enterprise applications and consulting services to the manufacturing sector.  RedKlay was acquired by Fullscope in 2002, and Smith served as the CEO of Fullscope from 2003 to 2009.  He was integral in architecting and executing the business strategy that led Fullscope to being nationally recognized as a leading Microsoft Dynamics partner.  In December, 2009, Fullscope was acquired by Edgewater where Smith continues to lead the strategic direction, operations, and growth of the Fullscope practice.

Smith’s prior experience includes Director of Business Development and Operations at The Pinnacle Group, which was acquired by CSC in 1997.  Smith was named a Partner at CSC and successfully managed the integration of The Pinnacle Group into CSC.  Smith began his career at IBM working in various engineering management and manufacturing operations roles from 1989 to 1996.

Smith’s experience includes raising venture capital and deploying capital to drive growth and profitability while increasing shareholder value.  He also has experience leading business combinations and successfully managing the resulting integrations.  Smith is passionate about People, Processes, and Products … and Partnering with Customers to drive transformational change.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Kr​istin Zaepfel
Vice President of Human Resources
Kr​istin Zaepfel​

Kristin Zaepfel is the Vice President of Human Resources at Edgewater. Ms. Zaepfel joined Edgewater in 2003. Ms. Zaepfel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Allegheny College and also has a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Bentley College. Prior to joining Edgewater, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Xchange, Inc., an international, high-growth, customer relationship management software and services company in Boston. With approximately 20 years of Human Resources experience, Ms. Zaepfel has also held various HR positions at such organizations as HPR, Inc., Mellon Bank Corporation, and The Boston Company. As Vice President of Human Resources, Kristin Zaepfel is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Edgewater’s Human Resources (HR) Department, participating in making strategic HR decisions as a member of the Senior Management Team.​

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