Board of Directors
- Tim Albinson, Founder and Executive Chairman, Aravo Solutions, Inc.
- Michael Saracini, Chief Executive Officer, Aravo Solutions, Inc.
- Peggy Taylor, Former EVP-Corporate Operations, PeopleSoft
- Fredric Steck, Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs, & Co.
- Brian Davidson, Aravo Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Albinson is the company's Founder, Executive Chairman, and chief visionary. With a technology background dating back to the 1980s, he has held cross-functional positions in marketing, product strategy, and sales management. Prior to founding Aravo, he worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York and as an associate with Core Capital Partners, a $750 million early-stage venture capital fund. He also served as President of the Adelante Consulting Group, a professional services firm he founded to advise global corporations and NGOs on issues of sustainability, conservation and cause-related marketing.
Mr. Albinson holds an MBA from the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Walter A. Haas Scholar and served as student body president. He also holds a BA in English literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a member of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. Outside of Aravo, he serves on numerous boards and is a Trustee of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He also teaches entrepreneurship and startup finance at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and works with the Painted Turtle Camp serving the needs of children with life-threatening diseases.
As CEO, Mr. Saracini is responsible for Aravo's overall vision, strategy, planning and execution. His primary focus is centered on aggressively growing Aravo's market position, by introducing game-changing product innovation designed to deliver measurable customer value. He has more than 20 years of sales, operations and executive leadership experience building profitable, high growth software companies. Most recently Mr. Saracini served as Aravo COO, with global P&L responsibility for product strategy, engineering, marketing, sales, channels, alliances, professional services, hosting operations and customer support.
Mr. Saracini attended the University of Texas at Dallas studying Business Administration and Finance and continued with executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Southern Methodist University
Ms. Peggy Taylor is currently the President of PeopleSoft Investments, Inc. Previously, Ms. Taylor founded VentureBuilders LLC, a startup consulting company and has served as EVP, Global Operations for PeopleSoft, where she was a part of the founding management team. While at PeopleSoft, she managed all corporate operations, including product development, customer services, professional services, administration.
Ms. Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lone Mountain College, in San Francisco, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and Psychology.
Mr. Fredric Steck was elected a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1994 and a managing director in 1996. He served as head of the western region for the Fixed Income Division in San Francisco and as head of sales for the US Fixed Income Currency and Commodity Division in New York. Since retiring from Goldman Sachs in 2004, Mr. Steck has become a very active private investor with interest in entrepreneurship, education and the environment. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Diversified Natural Products, Inc. a bio-technology company based in New York. He is a member of the global advisory board for Endeavor, an international non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurial development in emerging markets. He also serves on the National Council for the World Wildlife Fund and is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the University of California at Santa Barbara Foundation.
Mr. Davidson is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives to support the continued growth of the company. Prior to Aravo, he served as vice president, global trading web (GTW) at Commerce One. Mr. Davidson joined Commerce One in 1997 and was a central figure in its development as a leading eProcurement and marketplace company. He was responsible for driving the growth of the GTW, the largest international B2B trading community of multinational companies. He also worked for more than 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick, providing a broad range of system integration consulting expertise.
Mr. Davidson holds a master's degree in public policy and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
"Aravo has emerged with a great solution and market-leading partners including Accenture, IBM, and Oracle."
Peggy Taylor, Former EVP, PeopleSoft & Member of Aravo Board of Directors