Commodity Technology Advisory, the leading analyst firm covering the energy and commodity trade and risk market, visits with Steve Hughes, president and CEO of Aspect Enterprise Solutions. Steve explains Aspect’s company financial results and the outlook for further and adoption of cloud delivered E/CTRM solutions.
Steve Hughes has led Aspect Enterprise Solutions from a start-up software specialist in the oil industry to the leader in cloud-delivered solutions for multiple commodities. Steve’s software expertise continues to spearhead Aspect Enterprise Solutions’s continued annual growth as a top technology platform which has helped create a new paradigm for the way commodities trading companies select ETRM/CTRM software. Aspect’s successful evolution to a leading global solution is fueled by Steve’s business prowess and years of experience in software which includes: CEO of Carnegie Information Systems, a provider of highly customizable CRM software solutions; Vice President of International Operations of Europe for YOUcentric, which was purchased by J D Edwards (since acquired by Peoplesoft, now Oracle). At YOUcentric, along with building the company’s operations from scratch in the UK and Europe, he participated in the company’s IPO, merger and acquisitions activities. He gained significant exposure to the process, and built relationships within both the software and investment community that he has sustained and strengthened since. Steve has also built relationships and business partnerships with key executives within CGEY, PWC and others. Prior to YOUcentric, Steve served on the management teams at POINT Informations Systems, Seer Technologies and Legent Corporation.
Brigette Gebhard is a long-time veteran of Aspect Enterprise Solutions, beginning in 2004. She has more than twenty years of consumer and business-to-business marketing experience. Brigette’s hands-on, diverse role involves Marketing, Sales and Product Management. She is responsible for regional and global retention and new business programs, communications, analyst and public relations, and plays a key role in Aspect’s continued growth. She brings a vast amount of experience in brand building, digital marketing (SEO, PPC, social media), marketing automation, advertising, direct response marketing, corporate communications and public relations. She has led sales and marketing teams in the publishing, gaming/hotels, and software/technology industries, and has been driving subscription revenues for oil-industry products and services for the last 20 years. Prior to joining Aspect Enterprise Solutions, she was on the management team of leading North American petroleum publisher, OPIS, where she was instrumental in developing, launching, and supporting more than USD 25 million in real-time news, pricing and analytical services and seminars for oil and transportation professionals.
Chetna Bhatia joined Aspect Enterprise Solutions in 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience in commodities trading and risk management. Her experience includes achieving overall client loyalty, building and increasing revenue streams, complex program management, team building, managing global IT teams and the ability to bridge the gap between business and technical teams. She has a rare combination of business knowledge (commodities trading) and technical skills. Prior to joining Aspect Enterprise Solutions, Chetna worked for a number of companies including SunGard, Nasdaq Smarts Group, Vedaris and interacted with clients like BG, Shell, Statoil, BP, AEP and the London Stock Exchange. At Aspect, Chetna manages and plays a key role in setting up processes, teams and tools for making Aspect’s cloud solution delivery successful. She manages Aspect’s cloud platform, technical strategy, architecture, infrastructure, software engineering and services including Professional Services and 24-hour Global Support Desk for all Aspect Enterprise Solutions products. As CIO, Chetna’s role is to lead the global IT agenda by driving strategy, implementation and support for internal and external business and tech teams, applications, platforms, networks and data centers.