Clear Demand consists of a team of executives and practitioners that developed, refined or influenced the predominant pricing solutions of the last 15 years. We learned a lot in that period of time and have fully leveraged those insights to bring you our current set of pricing innovations together with a genuine commitment to delivering value.
Brent Lippman – Brent is a serial entrepreneur who has created over $1 billion of shareholder value while serving as CEO for three software companies. Recently, as CEO of Khimetrics, he identified promising scientific intellectual property, provided initial angel investment, raised additional venture capital funding, created a new industry segment (Revenue Management), grew the business profitably, sold the company to SAP, and returned to initial investors an average annual return of 77%.
Prior to Khimetrics, Brent was CEO of JDA Software (Nasdaq: JDAS). During Mr. Lippman’s eight year tenure, he grew JDA into a company with $140 million in revenue, 1,100 associates, and operations in 11 countries with clients in over 30 countries.
Brent has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Adam N. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
Adam Rosenberg has three decades of mathematical decision-support expertise in industries including retail science, airline optimization, financial-market analysis, hotel yield management, railroad line simulation, and telephony.
He started his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories developing the emerging cellular telephone systems. He also worked in printed-circuit-board design and manufacture and wrote a book on CDMA, the most-recent mobile telephone technology. Many of his software solutions have remained in production for over a decade and they have earned or saved hundreds of millions of dollars for his employers and clients.
Dr. Rosenberg earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in Operations Research and his A.B. from Princeton University in Mathematics (cum laude). He holds several patents.
VP, Sales & Marketing
Eric Blackburn has over twenty years of expertise in helping Fortune 1000 companies in retail and consumer product manufacturing (CPG) sectors increase their revenues and profits by leveraging enterprise supply chain and pricing optimization technologies. Eric is responsible for leading Clear Demand’s Sales & Marketing initiatives.
Early in his career he was in retail operations with Jewel-Osco as an Associate Store Director and has since held Strategic Global sales positions with Unilever, Nielsen, SAP, and JDA. In more recent years, he has focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence & Science (AI/ML) toward retail pricing and supply chain management; solving critical business issues for clients. His enthusiasm and commitment in developing and representing solutions to help clients is a hallmark of his career resulting in lasting, highly valued partnerships based on notable revenue and profitable growth outcomes.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in Retail Operations & CPG Manufacturing (Haworth College of Business – cum laude). He has also served on the University’s program Board of Directors in committee capacities specific to curriculum and technology enablement.
James Sills, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Jim Sills has extensive industry experience spanning 25 years and a proven track record building companies that deliver leading software solutions for retail.
He has been CTO at Revionics, VP of Retail Development at SAP, and VP of Research at Khimetrics. He has been responsible for managing teams throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to develop price, promotion, and markdown solutions. He implemented standard methodologies for Product Management, Development, and QA to consistently deliver on-schedule, on-budget, and on-quality.
He received his Ph.D. and Master’s from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s from University of Dayton (magna cum laude). He has published over 20 papers and holds seven patents.
Chief Technology Officer
Gary Swatton leads Clear Demand’s software engineering; translating design excellence into a robust architecture that helps retail businesses compete effectively.
Gary has been designing and developing enterprise, web applications, and highly scalable transactional systems for over 3 decades, including complex solutions for companies such as Oracle, Computer Associates, PLATINUM technologies, SPAWAR, and Best Western. Prior to Clear Demand, Gary was CTO for Absolute Identification, where he was tasked with delivering a security management system for the DoD and large international banks. He has extensive experience with database technologies including SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata and DB2, and has developed highly scalable web applications and services.
Gary holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State, University of Northridge.