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Planview Names New Chief Executive Officer: Razat Gaurav

Former LLamasoft CEO Brings 20+ Year Track Record of Accelerating Growth for Enterprise Software Companies

Earlier today, Planview announced the appointment of Razat Gaurav as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Gaurav, who is also joining the Company’s Board of Directors, succeeds Greg Gilmore, who is retiring and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.

With more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software space, Gaurav brings proven leadership in scaling and growing businesses on a global basis. Most recently, Gaurav served as CEO of LLamasoft, where he was instrumental in driving an expanded product vision for AI based supply chain design and decision making. This vision, combined with a purpose-driven culture, enabled the company to more than double its revenue in three years and resulted in a successful $1.5 billion acquisition by Coupa in November 2020. Earlier in his career, Gaurav held leadership positions at Blue Yonder, i2 Technologies, and Ernst & Young’s management consulting practice. He also served on the Board of Directors of Sparta Systems (since acquired by Honeywell) and LLamasoft.

“Enterprises today are grappling with massive change and a surge in digital transformation initiatives – and the way teams work to turn strategy into outcomes has to evolve,” said Gaurav. “Planview has a rich history of technology innovation and industry leadership, as well as a proven track record of partnering with customers to transform their enterprises to meet the demands of our changing environment. I’m pleased to join Planview at an exciting time in the company’s growth trajectory and look forward to working with the team to reimagine the future of digital transformation in the enterprise.”

Gaurav’s appointment marks the next step for Planview as it looks to further accelerate its growth. Most recently, Planview acquired Clarizen and Changepoint, advancing the Company’s leadership in Portfolio Management and Work Management, and creating an unmatched community of Agile leaders, PMOs, PPM, and Professional Services Automation (PSA) practitioners. In December 2020, the company was acquired by private equity firms TPG and TA Associates for $1.6 billion.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Razat for several years and have seen firsthand his ability to build technology businesses that create differentiated value for their customers. His track record of driving growth through innovation and company culture makes him a perfect fit for Planview,” said Nehal Raj, Partner at TPG Capital. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Greg for his leadership and stewardship of Planview for more than 25 years. We wish him the best in his retirement and appreciate his continued service on the board.”

“Under Greg’s leadership, Planview has established itself as an industry leader and trusted partner to its customers,” said Ashu Agrawal, a Managing Director at TA Associates. “Looking ahead, we are confident that Razat brings the ideal combination of digital transformation expertise and experience successfully scaling enterprise software businesses to lead Planview through its next chapter. We’re pleased to welcome him aboard.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to help lead Planview for the last 25 years, and to work alongside such extraordinary colleagues, customers, and partners,” said Gilmore. “I’m proud of the accomplishments and results we have delivered as a company, and believe that Planview is well positioned for exceptional success in the years to come.”

T-Mobile’s Nationwide 5G Network + the Lumen Edge Computing Platform = New Choice and Flexibility for Enterprises

BELLEVUE, WA and DENVER— April 6, 2021 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN) today announced they are actively collaborating to expand their existing relationship by leveraging T-Mobile’s 5G mobile network to augment Lumen’s Edge Computing platform, helping enterprises effectively build, manage and scale applications across highly distributed environments. Through this approach, enterprises would have the ability to extend applications across a range of environments, including hundreds of thousands of on-net enterprise locations on the Lumen fiber network, with T-Mobile’s industry leading 5G network.

As part of this collaboration, T-Mobile will also become a preferred wireless connectivity partner for Lumen, allowing for a more flexible and reliable connectivity
solution for all enterprises.

“By pairing America’s largest and fastest 5G network with Lumen’s enterprise solutions, we can break down industry barriers and deliver unparalleled network reach to enterprise and government organizations looking to optimize their applications across networks,” said Mike Katz, EVP of T-Mobile for Business. “With our leading 5G network, Lumen and T-Mobile have the opportunity to accelerate business innovation in an era where the network is more critical than ever.”

This collaboration would build on T-Mobile and Lumen’s long history of delivering customer solutions together, including T-Mobile’s use of Lumen’s fiber network connectivity and Lumen’s use of T-Mobile’s Fixed Wireless as part of its network access portfolio. These efforts aim to address the pressing needs of enterprises to transform their networks to meet the data-intensive challenges across a variety of industries and use cases. Both companies will also continue to drive innovation in this space through T-Mobile’s labs and Tech Experience Center and the Lumen Edge Experience Center.

“Our relationship with T-Mobile aims to introduce a powerful trifecta – access to national 5G wireless and fiber connectivity, managed services across a range of technologies and edge computing resources,” said Shaun Andrews, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Lumen Technologies. “T-Mobile’s expansive 5G footprint coupled with our extensive edge computing platform would provide enterprise developers with the best of both worlds to power the next wave of digital business.”

T-Mobile Key Facts:

  • T-Mobile is America’s 5G leader with the fastest and largest nationwide 5G network covering 287 million people across 1.6 million square miles.• With Sprint now part of T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is widening its lead, lighting up Ultra Capacity 5G across the
    country, bringing fast 5G speeds to more places than anyone else. Ultra Capacity 5G can deliver speeds around 300 Mbps with peaks of 1 Gbps, and now covers 125 million people.
  • A new report published by independent research firm umlaut shows T-Mobile customers get the most reliable 5G in the U.S. umlaut examined real customer usage from millions of device measurements across top wireless providers and found T-Mobile customers have the most 5G coverage, the highest 5G speed score and the most reliable 5G, further solidifying T-Mobile’s position as the 5G leader.
  • Independent data from Opensignal, based on customer usage from billions of device measurements, shows TMobile customers get the fastest 5G download speeds, fastest 5G upload speeds, and a 5G signal more often than anyone else.

Lumen Key Facts

  • Lumen Edge Computing solutions are designed to meet 95% of the U.S. enterprise demand within 5 milliseconds of latency.
  • For a current list of Lumen live and planned edge locations, visit: https://www.lumen.com/enus/solutions/edge-computing.html#edge-computing-map
  • The Lumen low latency network is comprised of approximately 450,000 global route miles of fiber and more than 180,000 on-net buildings, seamlessly connected to:
    • 2,200 public and private third-party data centers in North America, Europe & Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Pacific
    • Leading public cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute & Azure Government, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud

Additional Resources:

  • To learn how T-Mobile is supporting businesses, visit: https://www.t-mobile.com/business
  • For more information on Lumen edge computing solutions visit: www.lumen.com/edge

Capable device required; some uses may require certain plan or feature; see T-Mobile.com. Most Reliable: 5G mobile network results in the US are based on an audit report conducted by independent third party umlaut containing crowdsourced data for user experience collected from September 2020 until February 2021. Full details can be found on: www.umlaut.com/en/benchmarking/USA.

Fastest: Opensignal Awards – USA:
5G User Experience Report January 2021, based on independent analysis of average speeds from mobile measurements recorded during the period
September 16 – December 14, 2020 © 2021 Opensignal Limited.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical and factual information, the matters set forth in this release identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “plans,” “will,” “seeks,” “intends,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are based on current expectations only, are inherently speculative, and are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or implied by us in those statements if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect.

Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: the ability to realize the benefits of the partnership between T-Mobile and Lumen Technologies as expected or at all; Lumen’s ability to safeguard its network, and to avoid the adverse impact of possible security breaches, service outages, system failures, or similar events impacting its network or the availability and quality of its services; the effects of new, emerging or competing technologies, including those that could make the products of T-Mobile or Lumen Technologies less desirable or obsolete; Lumen Technologies’ ability to meet the stated percentage of U.S. enterprise demand within the stated latency and the projected edge locations; and other risks referenced from time to time in T-Mobile’s and Lumen Technologies’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). For all the reasons set forth above and in T-Mobile’s and Lumen Technologies’ SEC filings, you are cautioned not to unduly rely upon the forward-looking statements set forth herein, which speak only as of the date made. Neither T-Mobile nor Lumen Technologies undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, changed circumstances, or otherwise. Furthermore, any information about the intentions of T-Mobile or Lumen Technologies contained in any of their respective forward-looking statements reflects their respective intentions as of the date of such forward-looking statement, and is based upon, among other things, existing regulatory, technological, industry, competitive, economic and market conditions, and their respective assumptions as of such date. T-Mobile and Lumen Technologies may change their respective intentions, strategies or plans (including their respective plans expressed herein) without notice at any time and for any reason

About T-Mobile

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.

About Lumen Technologies

Lumen is guided by our belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With approximately 450,000 route fiber miles and serving customers in more than 60 countries, we deliver the fastest, most secure platform for applications and data to help
businesses, government and communities deliver amazing experiences. Learn more about the Lumen network, edge cloud, security, communication and collaboration solutions and our purpose to further human progress through technology at news.lumen.com/home, LinkedIn:
/lumentechnologies, Twitter: @lumentechco, Facebook: /lumentechnologies, Instagram: @lumentechnologies and YouTube: /lumentechnologies.

Lumen and Lumen Technologies are registered trademarks of Lumen Technologies LLC in the United States. Lumen Technologies LLC is a wholly owned affiliate of Lumen Technologies Inc.

Amber Gunst: The New Promoter of Technological Growth in Aguascalientes

This article was published by one of our Business Magazines in Aguascalientes, “Líder Empresarial”, Amber Gunst gave her valuable opinion about the innovation to overcome crises and how Aguascalientes is working on diversifying our economic activities, especially in the IT sector.

Amber Gunst is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Austin Technology Council (ATC), an organization that serves as a catalyst for companies to grow through innovation, and with which Aguascalientes became affiliated at the end of 2020, opening great opportunities with one of the most important technology hubs in the world.

The ATC leader highlights the potential of this synergy, saying that Aguascalientes will be part of a community that brings together top-tier technology companies to identify the resources they need to grow: “Being part of the conversation and an active member of our community is the best and fastest way to achieve our goals,” she told Líder Empresarial.

Amber has 20 years of experience working in business development. Most notably, she spent four years at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where she was recognized for having the best sales and retention of leaders of all the chambers of commerce in Texas, even ranking in the top ten in the United States with revenues over $1.5 million dollars.

Gunst joined ATC in 2017 as Director of Sales and Affiliate Services; in 2018 she was appointed as intern CEO, eventually taking the position on a permanent basis as of January 2019. Following her arrival at Austin Technology Council, she managed to double the number of memberships and increase retention by more than 18%.

An example of innovation to overcome crises

If there is one success story that demonstrates the ability of innovation to respond to crises, it is Austin, Texas. Amber mentions that after the technological collapse that this city experienced in the early 2000s, its leaders came together to find ways to diversify its economy, giving rise to industries in which technology could foster growth and success.

With that vision and thanks to the resilience of many people who where unemployed and who found in entrepreneurship the opportunity to excel, the Austin community bet on building a new business ecosystem with technology as a pillar.

In just 20 years, the American city has charted its own history, with more than 120,000 employees in nearly 4,000 technology companies that contribute more than $21 billion a year to the regional economy, according to estimates by the Texas Growth Fund:

“We were fortunate that employees who were affected by the recession decided to stay here and start their own companies. These companies were designed to pivot and be fiscally conservative in nature, making them nimble for constantly changing environments,” argues Amber.

The specialist adds that the pandemic has triggered a latent need for technological solutions, creating new lines of business for companies in the sector. This is why the agency has welcomed the interest of Aguascalientes in betting on the growth of this market:

“The state’s desire to fully invest in its people and create opportunities for technological advancements was striking. Their investments in education, training, economic development, and their desire to build strong international relationships demonstrated a true desire to be an asset to Austin’s technology community”, says Gunst.

What’s next for Austin-Aguascalientes

In the Austin-Aguascalientes formula, the training and development of talent is a priority.
Amber refers that the expansion of resources in education and talent is one of the main concerns of the technology companies. For this reason, she believes that the hiring of human capital from Aguascalientes will be the main driver for the continued growth of its technology companies.

She points out that another area in which they support their members, is by sharing mechanisms for cooperation with the government, and assessing how it can help them grow, especially from an economic development perspective: “Providing information and asking questions of the government and lobbyists can open up new opportunities that they were not aware of “, she says.

Facing a challenging 2021, Gunst highlights the trends that the pandemic has generated and that are here to stay this year, particularly in sectors such as e-commerce, cyber security, fintech
and healthcare. In the latter, the expert highlights that the health emergency caused a major transformation in the industry hand in hand with advances in its care:

“I am excited to see the adoption of technology in healthcare, both from a provider and patient perspective. This industry was long overdue to expand its technology capabilities, and the groundwork that many have laid over the years positioned the healthcare community to move quickly when it needed to”, concludes.

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