Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) today announced that Arlen R. Shenkman has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting to Citrix president and CEO, David Henshall, effective September 9, 2019. He joins Citrix from SAP, where he held financial and business development roles critical to SAP’s cloud transformation.
“Our cloud transformation, and the shift to a subscription model, is moving rapidly,” said Henshall. “Arlen’s experience in driving accelerated growth through a shift to a subscription model, and in accelerating business outcomes through M&A, greatly bolsters our seasoned leadership team, many of whom have also helped other leading companies with their cloud transformations.”
“This is a great opportunity to apply my cloud transformation experience to a company that is already progressing along its strategic path so well,” said Shenkman. “I look forward to building on the company’s clear early success.”
As CFO, Shenkman will be responsible for all of the company’s financial and capital management strategies, budgeting and planning, financial accounting, tax and treasury, investor relations, strategic alliances, and M&A.
He will succeed Jessica Soisson, who has served as Citrix’s Interim CFO since April 2019. Soisson will remain at Citrix and will report to Shenkman in her continuing role as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.
“I want to thank Jessica for her work as Interim CFO over the past several months as we drove the acceleration of our new business model,” said Henshall. “We are thankful for her many contributions during this time of rapid change.”
Shenkman most recently served as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Business Development and Ecosystems at SAP. In that role, he was responsible for driving business development by building new ecosystems, fostering strategic partnerships, incubating new business models, and overseeing investments and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to that role, Shenkman served as CFO of SAP North America, SAP’s largest business unit, responsible for all finance functions in North America, including forecasting and planning, identifying efficiencies, and ensuring the region’s overall financial health.
Shenkman previously served as Global Head of Corporate Development for SAP and was a principal architect of SAP’s rapid transformation into a cloud company.
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