PE-backed SAVO Group adds to board of directors

SAVO Group has named Steve Collins to its board of directors. Collins is the former CFO at ExactTarget. Headquartered in Chicago, SAVO is a sales software developer. It is backed by Goldman Sachs, Sterling Partners and SAP Ventures.


CHICAGO – June 24, 2014 – SAVO Group, the market leader in sales productivity solutions, today announced that former ExactTarget CFO Steve Collins has joined the company’s board of directors. In this role, the seasoned executive – and recently appointed board member of voice-based marketing automation provider Ifbyphone – will serve on SAVO’s audit committee to advance the company’s global expansion efforts.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Steve to our board. We look forward to incorporating the extraordinary expertise and insight he brings to our vision,” said Mark O’Connell, president and CEO of SAVO. “His varied experience with both large and small companies in the sales and marketing space will prove invaluable as SAVO continues to grow on a global scale.”

While at ExactTarget, Collins led the private company to a strong public offering – taking it through an IPO and a secondary offering prior to the $2.5 billion sale of the company to in July 2013. Before that, he served as senior vice president and CFO of NAVTEQ Corporation in Chicago, where he played a key role in the company’s IPO in 2004, a secondary offering in 2005 and then its $8.1 billion sale to Nokia Corporation in 2008. Collins previously held a number of financial leadership positions at The Walt Disney Company and co-founded a technology-focused venture capital firm.

“I am honored to join SAVO’s board and to have the opportunity to work with a pioneer in the sales enablement and productivity space,” said Collins. “I look forward to contributing to the future direction and growth of SAVO.”

Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About SAVO
Founded in 1999, SAVO enables its clients to drive sales productivity improvements through its on-demand sales enablement platform, which maximizes the sales team’s ability to communicate value and differentiation in clear, consistent and compelling ways. Combining proven sales and marketing best practices with award-winning technology, SAVO addresses all aspects of the sales enablement challenge — spanning people, process, insight and technology. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.