With 20+ years of extensive business, IT, and technology leadership experience, Richard M. Tworek a serial entrepreneur, team builder and executive with a proven track record of innovating, recruiting talent, leading, and bringing to market highly successful products used by millions of consumers today. He has a successful career in building and turning around multinational teams, leading change, business and leveraging existing technology and corporate assets in highly competitive and global business environments.
Richard in a previous role was a senior global operating executive with full technology, strategic planning, R&D, and P&L responsibility for $230M division of an $11B global corporation. He started a division, then championed and lead software product and product development innovation, go-to-market strategy, and sales in both enterprise and carrier divisions for unifying communications. Drove and supported IT solutions based consulting with 3rd party partners to support new software infrastructure products and applications. Supervised 300+ engineers and product/marketing managers located in 5 different countries and provided direct regional support for marketing and sales. He was also responsible for building an ecosystem and external partnerships that include IBM, Microsoft, and SAP. Prior to this position he was the Communications Servers Director and Portfolio Brand Manager responsible for Nortel’s $700M global enterprise call server product vision, strategies, market delivery and positioning.
During the past ten years, Tworek has built an enviable track record of helping companies achieve their potential and has successfully taken several companies to acquisition and successfully repositioned major public technology companies to take advantage of new markets and emerging technologies. Serving in roles including CEO, CTO, EVP, and Board Member for various companies, he has overseen management and functional reorganizations; invented/implemented new technologies and R&D processes to increase operational efficiency; and established new sales and marketing processes.
Previously, Tworek served as CEO and co-founder of Qovia, Inc. a software company founded to invent and develop technology for managing and monitoring VoIP (Voice over IP) enterprise telephone systems and sold to Cisco. In just two years, under Tworek’s leadership, the company introduced its Qovia VMMS software product; secured more than $15 million in VC funding in two rounds; and won more than 20 major industry awards, appearing on the Red Herring 200 list of America’s Top Private Companies two years in a row and appearing as a Red Herring’s Top 100 Private Companies in North America. As CEO of Qovia, Tworek has been widely quoted in publications including USA Today, The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, and he has appeared on CNBC and Fox News as an expert on technology. Tworek has also been a regular speaker on leveraging intellectual business assets, product development, and emerging technologies.
Prior to founding Qovia in 2002, Tworek was CEO of ZebraPass, a Nokia-funded startup. At ZebraPass he rapidly turned around an ailing technology company and positioned it for successful sale. He put in place a new management team; developed new technology; implemented new accounting practices and negotiated new marketing relationships. Tworek added substantial shareholder value by the time of sale and his success as a turnaround leader was covered in Washingtonian Magazine.
Before being recruited to run ZebraPass, Tworek re-architected the technology strategy for Merant Corporation, a $350 million technology company. He joined Merant from Infodata where he served as Board Member, EVP and CTO and led a re-launch of the company to take advantage of new information sharing technology. The company received massive media coverage for its innovative “Virtual File Cabinet” product which Tworek licensed to Adobe for Acrobat . Infodata share price was dramatically increased as a result of the repositioning efforts. Tworek joined InfoData when his 75+ person systems integration company, Merex, Inc., was acquired by Infodata.
Tworek began his career in the U.S. Navy Submarine force where he served as a nuclear engineer from 1978 to 1983 and left the Navy as a Lt. Commander earning the Navy Achievement Medal for his service. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics minor from Eastern Michigan University and was involved with the Queens University MBA program where he ran various entrepreneur workshops and judging business plan competitions.