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Founder & Chairman, AirWatch
Alan Dabbiere is the chairman of AirWatch, a leader in enterprise-wide mobile device and WLAN management solutions, having joined the company in 2006. In his role, he drives the company’s vision, direction and growth plans. Dabbiere is also the president of AJD, LLC, a privately held investment company, and he serves on the board of PrimeRevenue, an Atlanta-based supply chain finance company.
In 1990, Dabbiere founded Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH), the world’s leading supply-chain execution software company, and he served as president and CEO from 1990 through the end of 1999. Following the company’s successful initial public offering in 1998, Dabbiere was Manhattan Associates’ chairman of the Board of Directors through 2003. Today, Manhattan Associates is a global company with over 1200 customers, 2000 employees and more than $337 million in revenue.
During his tenure, Dabbiere oversaw the company’s fast-paced growth and expansion, earning numerous citations and national media attention. Inc. magazine included the company in their annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in both 1996 and 1997. Citing his leadership and vision, Ernst & Young named Dabbiere as the Southeast Industry Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.
In 2001 and 2002, FORTUNE magazine included Manhattan Associates in their annual list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. with the rank of 23 and 71 respectively. FORTUNE Small Business magazine ranked Manhattan Associates as the 43rd fastest growing, publicly traded small business in America in their second annual list, which was published in July 2002. Manhattan Associates was the only supply chain technology company named to this list. Forbes Magazine named Manhattan Associates as a “Best of the Web” Company in 2003.
In 2005, Cape Horn Strategies honored Manhattan Associates as one of only three public software companies—Microsoft and Kronos were the other two companies cited—with 15 years of consecutive profitability and growth. In addition, while Dabbiere was leading Manhattan Associates, leading industry analysts—including Gartner, Forrester, ARC and AMR—repeatedly recognized the company as having this global industry’s most comprehensive and robust supply chain and logistics solutions.
Dabbiere currently serves on the executive leadership committee for the Washington, DC chapter of YPO, on the board of trustees of Inova Health System Foundatio and on the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, which advises College leadership on matters regarding research and education initiatives.
In addition, over the course of his career, Dabbiere has been active in the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), the Material Handling Industry of America, the American Apparel Manufacturers Association’s Information Systems Committee, the Uniform Code Council and the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standard (VICS) Committee. As a community leader, he has participated as a member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and a supporter of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, the United Way, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, FOCUS and Lekotek.
Dabbiere is also a charter member of the Georgia Tech Hill Society and has served as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Advisory Board of Emory University’s Roberto C. Goizueta Business School. In 1998, Dabbiere endowed the Manhattan Associates Chair of Supply Chain Management at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Prior to Manhattan Associates, Dabbiere was a consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), a management consulting firm specializing in the consumer products, retail and healthcare sectors. Dabbiere received both his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his MBA from Indiana University.
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