Centra Software, Inc., a provider of application software and services for real-time enterprise collaboration (RTEC), has announced that Paul R. Gudonis is joining the company as president and chief executive officer and will be appointed to the board of directors. Leon Navickas, Centra's founder and leader through the company's early growth and successful IPO, will remain chairman of the board and will continue to serve as the Company's chief strategy officer. As previously announced, Tony Mark, who has been Centra's president and chief operating officer for the past five years, will be retiring after a brief transition period.
Most recently, Gudonis served as chairman and CEO at Genuity, Inc., growing the company from BBN's $5 million regional Internet backbone, BBN Planet, to a $1 billion provider of solutions to enterprise, government, and Internet Service Provider (ISP) customers worldwide. After the sale of Genuity's assets to Level 3 Communications, Gudonis continued to serve as an executive vice president of the combined operation. Earlier in his career, Gudonis held executive positions at EDS, Ameritech, Appex Corporation, a provider of software and services to the wireless industry, and Spectrum Interactive, a provider of software and services for eLearning.
Gudonis serves on boards of several organizations that support advancement of the Massachusetts high tech, software and telecommunications industries. He also serves on the board of directors of Boston Communications Group, Inc. Gudonis earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. He resides in the Boston area with his wife and three children.