Ingres Scores a Money Man

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Open-source database company Ingres has snapped up financial whiz Tom Berquist from Citigroup to be chief financial officer.

Open-source database company Ingres has snapped up a financial whiz to be chief financial officer.

The company announced Feb. 6 that it had tapped Tom Berquist for the role.

Berquist is currently managing director with Citigroup, where he follows medium-to-large capitalized software companies such as BEA, Microsoft and Oracle.

Terry Garnett, Ingres chairman and CEO, was quoted as saying in a release that Berquist will bring software industry insight to the fledgling company, which CA spun off in November as part of its ongoing efforts to remake itself.

"He is intimately familiar with the changing dynamics of the enterprise software industry and brings a keen understanding of the financial metrics, systems and controls needed to grow Ingres into a world-class company," Garnett said in the release.

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Berquist was managing director of Software Equity Research at Goldman Sachs prior to Citigroup.

He covered the then-emerging open-source company Red Hat, among other IT companies, at Goldman Sachs.

Berquist was involved in more than 30 software transactions, including IPOs, secondaries and convertible debt financings while an analyst.

He also spent 10 years in operations management for Wells Fargo/Fortis and Deloitte Consulting, where he helped Global 1000 companies to redesign business processes and to implement enterprise IT systems.

He holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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