Press Release: AST Announces Justin Winter as its new CEO
Applications Software Technology LLC (AST) has announced that the AST Board of Directors has appointed Justin Winter as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Winter assumed leadership of the company effective June 24, 2019. Pravin Kumar, AST’s founder and past CEO has been named Vice Chairman and in this new role will be responsible for strategic planning and acquisitions.
Mr. Winter is a dynamic leader, with more than 25 years of regional and global experience in leading IT services organizations. Before joining AST, he spent 15 years at Hitachi Consulting where he held multiple leadership positions. His most recent position was Chief Operating Officer, where he had responsibility for all sales, marketing, delivery, and operations globally. Prior to Hitachi Consulting, Justin worked at Oracle, IBM, and other consulting companies in various service delivery and sales roles.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Executive Chairman Mr. Gurvendra Suri said, “Justin’s depth of experience will immediately benefit AST and our customers, by furthering our efforts in delivery excellence and corporate growth. He has built a tremendous reputation in the industry and we are fortunate to have him join the AST executive team.”
Pravin Kumar, founder and Vice Chairman added, “In Justin Winter we have found the leader with the best experience, skills and vision to take over the helm and lead AST. His experience with global and large commercial enterprise customers will help AST build in this market segment while continuing to provide delivery excellence.”
Mr. Winter is a people-person, eager to learn more about AST’s team and culture, and has expressed a deep regard for AST’s accomplishments. He looks forward to learning more about AST’s core values and accelerating the company’s growth. Mr. Winter has spent this week at AST’s headquarters in Lisle, Illinois, directly connecting with leadership and teams, understanding AST’s culture, and conducting an all-hands meeting to introduce himself, as well as his vision and goals for AST’s future.
Mr. Winter lives in the suburbs of Dallas, TX and will lead AST from its office in Dallas, TX. In the coming weeks, he will be making a concerted effort to visit and connect with AST employees, partners, and customers.
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