Five9 announces changes to top management, looks for new CEO

Five9 for contact center softwareFive9, a provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, announced changes to its top management.

Mike Burkland, chairman, president and chief executive officer, will become executive chairman of the Board to focus more of his time on his health. Burkland was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and will be undergoing treatment over the next several months.

Mike Burkland was the head the technology company for the past 10 years. Five9 has nearly 800 employees.

Barry Zwarenstein, Five9’s Chief Financial Officer, will have the additional post of interim CEO. The company will be searching for a permanent CEO.

Dan Burkland, executive vice president of Global Sales and Services, will become the president.

Barry Zwarenstein has been CFO of six public companies over his career. Barry Zwarenstein managed IPOs of Five9, VeriFone and Logitech. He joined Five9 over five years ago and assisted the company to grow Five9 into the successful public company.

Dan Burkland has spent nearly 30 years in and around the contact center market. He joined Five9 almost eight years ago, and has led sales, business development, professional services and customer support teams. Dan Burkland assisted Five9’s annual revenue to grow from around $20 million to nearly $200 million.