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Open Sky Group Announces New CEO, Chad Kramlich

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Open Sky Group Announces New CEO, Chad Kramlich

July 12, 2022

Former CEO, Curt Sardeson, staying on to Oversee Newly Formed Team Focused on Inorganic Growth

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2022) – Open Sky Group, global specialists in Blue Yonder solutions, announces that Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), Chad Kramlich, has been named the new CEO, effective July 1, 2022. Former CEO, Curt Sardeson, will redirect his focus to be solely on Open Sky Group’s inorganic growth.

Kramlich joined Open Sky Group in 2015 and moved to the role of CRO three years ago. Since then, he has effectively grown the firm’s client roster by 150% with a 321% increase in workforce and 299% increase in overall revenues. He spearheaded improvements to the company’s culture resulting in a better work-life balance and expansion of time off and an increase in health coverage for all employees. Chad has also furthered the development and empowerment of the leadership team across sales, marketing, and client services.

“Over the last seven years, our company has evolved a great deal,” said Sardeson, who will steer Open Sky Group’s new growth opportunities involving mergers and acquisitions. “Chad’s deep experience with client services and his leadership with our marketing and sales teams have given him the background to be the perfect CEO in leading our efforts for continued growth on today’s ever-challenging, global logistics stage.”

Kramlich was most recently appointed to Blue Yonder’s Partner Advisory Board, strengthening ties with Blue Yonder, even as Open Sky Group earned its fifth Blue Yonder Top Channel Partner Award in North America since 2017.

“It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain software business,” Kramlich said. “As the digital economy drives customer expectations to new heights and technology plays a bigger role in the way fulfillment gets done, we expect to see new opportunities arise to help our clients improve business outcomes and create amazing experiences for their customers.   I’m excited for this opportunity to continue Open Sky Group’s growth, expand our industry leading culture and deepen our relationships with our clients and Blue Yonder.”

Since its founding in 2006, Open Sky Group has pioneered numerous breakthroughs in the way warehouse, labor, and transportation management systems are deployed and serviced. For instance, its agile methodology and no-modifications approach to implementation are designed to accelerate client time-to-value, while its managed services help ensure optimal system performance and productivity from WMS, LMS, and TMS investments.

In 2017, the company partnered with Australia-based FourPL to launch Open Sky Group Pty Ltd, establishing a global presence for the firm. This association was further emphasized in 2021, when the firm signed world-ranked PGA Tour Australian golfer, Cameron Smith, as its brand ambassador.

“We’ve been a client of Open Sky Group since 2018 and I’ve known Chad since his time at RedPrairie,” said Director of Infrastructure, IT at Brother International Corporation, Robert Higgins. “Open Sky Group’s forward-thinking, client-focus, and high level of energy, support my Team’s ability to provide solutions that support our business operations and help Brother remain a top competitor in our sector for many years.”

Open Sky Group was recently listed as an industry leader in ARC Advisory Group’s latest WMS Global Market 2020-2025 System Integration and Consulting Services Analysis Report.

“Having a channel partner like Open Sky Group in our corner year after year adds a lot of value to our Blue Yonder platform and solutions that bring digital transformation to our joint customers, ensuring their supply chains can pivot around disruptions and be ready for what’s next,” said Wayne Usie, Executive Vice President- Market Development, Blue Yonder.

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Jeremy Hudson

Vice President of Client Services

Jeremy’s focus is on the products and services clients need to stay competitive. Open Sky Group’s mission is to deliver technology-enabled solutions that allow our customers to achieve more while having the flexibility to adapt to change. Jeremy lives the core values and mission by bringing the best experience possible to our clients. He is an essential member of implementation teams, working alongside clients, and encouraging them to use innovation and best practices instead of customizations for success.

Jason Yantiss

Vice President of Client Services

Jason provides leadership to a variety of teams focused on implementation and integration. With 27+ years of experience holding operational and technical management roles in transportation, billing, and warehousing across a vast array of industry verticals, Jason is adept at driving multiple complex projects, understanding customer needs at all levels of the operation and providing viable solutions. Jason’s resume of 150+ implementation projects include Warehouse, Labor, Transportation, Yard Management and multiple AR/AP Freight Pay and Customer Billing systems. 

Eric McPherson

Vice President of Client Services

Mac works to oversee implementation and integration projects. A former Marine officer and military police officer, he brings over 27 years of supply chain experience, including 11 years at Blue Yonder in both delivery and service sales. Mac is a dedicated, team-oriented professional with a background in business management, professional services, customer service, and supply chain technology. His specialties include sales support, supply chain execution systems, project management, fulfillment operations, distribution operations, and GSA contracts.

Shannon Caflisch

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Shannon is responsible for the strategy and management of all sales, business development, and marketing programs. With over 25 years of sales experience and 15 years focused in the supply chain space, Shannon focuses on building strong relationships with clients and partners and strives to deliver the right software solutions to help conquer supply chain challenges. Shannon believes in learning by listening to understand clients’ goals, struggles, and what is important to their business to build lasting, successful relationships.

Alan Prillaman

Senior Vice President of Client Services

As Senior VP of Client Services, Alan oversees all consulting services and account management at Open Sky Group. Possessing over 30 years of combined industry and consulting experience, Alan leverages his unique background in IT, logistics, quality management systems, manufacturing and distribution operations, and facility and strategic account management to provide clients with creative resolutions to complex challenges. His core philosophy and passion are to deliver tangible value for and establish long-term trusted partnerships with our clients.

Mike Noble

Senior Vice President of Technology

As Senior Vice President of Technology, Mike leads Open Sky Group’s Managed Services, Software Services, Infrastructure Services, and Information Technology teams bringing 35+ years of experience in Supply Chain Execution and Information Technology. Mike and his teams ensure we maintain the highest levels of customer service in a secure and reliable environment, constantly reviewing and evaluating new technologies, their appropriateness and applicability so we can safely and securely transact our own business – and help our clients accomplish the same.

Chad Kramlich

CEO

Joining Open Sky Group in 2015, Chad, served as Chief Revenue Officer for three years prior to his appointment to CEO in 2022. With over 25 years of experience delivering results for high-growth software and consulting organizations, Chad is leveraging his background in building efficient and effective implementation teams, establishing high-impact services operations, achieving revenue growth, and deepening executive-level client relations to help propel Open Sky Group into a very successful future.