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Executive Council

The Rootstock ERP Executive Council is made up of founding members Jan Baan, Jim Bensman, Bill Happel and T. Lee Wylie. This high-powered group of industry giants serves as advisors to the company and brings many decades of IT and manufacturing executive experience.

Lee Wylie Chairman of the Executive Council

Lee Wylie is the former CIO of Gartner and the creator of the ERP concept. He held manufacturing and engineering leadership roles in General Motors and IBM. Wylie led the team that designed and developed the plant floor systems for GM’s Saturn startup. He currently is the Executive in Residence for Maker Capital and is a member of Rootstock’s product advisor board. Mr. Wylie will be the chairman of the ERP Executive Vision Council for Rootstock. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Detroit.

Jan Baan Founding Member

Jan Baan is the former chairman and CEO of Baan Software. Jan’s vision led Baan to an industry leadership position in the ERP market and, ultimately, a Fortune 500 company. Baan was co-founder of Cordys which focused on solving IT implementation and change issues challenging today’s extended enterprises. Baan currently directs the Vanenburg Group whose focus is on high tech innovative companies. He was an early investor in WebEx, acquired by Cisco Systems, and Top Tier, acquired by SAP.

Jim Bensman Founding Member

Jim Bensman is the former president of SAP America responsible for creating SAP’s American operations. He was the founder of Western Data Systems, an enterprise software company that was acquired by Manugistics. Bensman’s other leadership positions include CEO of Geotrain Corporation and CEO of Eventra Corporation. In addition, Bensman served on the boards of Spectra Securities Software, Changepoint Corporation, Probaris Technology and Longview Solutions. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Bill Happel Founding Member

Bill Happel is the former vice president of General Motors and general manager of the GM Locomotive Group. Bill worked in various disciplines at General Motors Corporation including manufacturing, engineering, information technology, sales, college relations and general management. He worked in several divisions of GM including automotive components, power train, sheet metal fabrication, railroad locomotives and defense products. He earned a BS Industrial Engineering from Penn State, an MS Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and the Senior Executive program at the Sloan Business School of MIT.

Lee Wylie Chairman of the Executive Council
Jan Baan Founding Member
Jim Bensman Founding Member
Bill Happel Founding Member