Barry Solomon, the chief marketing officer of US giant Sidley Austin, is joining Foundation Software Group as president, effective immediately, as the Colorado-headquartered experience management vendor ‘gets the Interface Software band back together.’
Solomon takes over as president from Nate Fineberg, co-founder of Foundation Software Group. Fineberg will remain chief executive officer of the company.
Before his role as CMO at Sidley, Solomon served as executive vice president of LexisNexis InterAction – borne out of Lexis’ acquisition of Interface Software in 2005 – and CMO of Microsystems. He was part of the original Interface Software team with Fineberg and senior VP of customer success Christine Vorderer, among others.
“Barry’s experience in software solutions for large law firms combined with a deep understanding of the needs of lawyers makes him a perfect fit for this role,” said Fineberg. “We see great growth for the Foundation platform. Barry’s dynamic leadership will be a game changer for the future of our organisation.”
Solomon (pictured left) will be responsible for growing the company’s customer base, which currently consists of 20 of the world’s leading law firms.
“Barry is joining Foundation Software Group at a critical time as we’re seeing law firms increasingly investing in experience management as a response to the buying behaviour of sophisticated clients,” said Kent Zimmermann, principal with the law firm consultancy Zeughauser Group. “Law firm clients are placing a higher value on outside lawyers who have deep industry and relevant substantive experience. Experience management is a key technology that helps law firms improve knowledge management and drives enhanced law firm financial performance, competitiveness, and ability to attract and retain sought-after clients.”
Foundation Software is not the only company claiming to be reforming a CRM band from InterAction. OnePlace, which was founded by former LexisNexis consulting director Tim Smith has been assembling a former LexisNexis Interaction team. In November 2017 it hired David Harris as client solutions director, having last year hired former Lexis Enterprise Solutions international sales director Guy Philips, coinciding with its formal launch in the UK. Philips was a member of the Lexis senior leadership team, responsible for solutions including Interaction.