VANCOUVER, British Columbia, January 14, 2020 — PDFTron, a leading provider of document processing tools for software developers, announced today the appointment of Chris Hecht to its board of directors. Hecht will leverage his deep industry experience in support of PDFTron’s strategic growth initiatives. PDFTron’s market-leading software development kit (SDK) is used by hundreds of enterprise customers around the world to enable digital transformation by providing a comprehensive document processing, conversion, and collaboration platform. PDFTron is backed by Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm which led a $71 million investment in May 2019.
“We are excited to welcome Chris to our board of directors,” said Catherine Andersz, co-founder and CEO of PDFTron. “Chris’ experience and success in enterprise software and developer tools, combined with his focus on product innovation, will benefit our team and our customers.”
Hecht currently serves as the Head of Corporate Development at Atlassian, a leading provider of collaboration, development and issue tracking software for teams. Prior to Atlassian, Hecht served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Salesforce.com, where he led over 25 acquisitions and numerous strategic investments for the world’s #1 CRM and Customer Success platform.
“I’m very excited by the opportunity to support a software developer focused technology company poised for continued growth, driven by its market leading product and its tireless focus on customer success,” said Hecht. “I look forward to working with PDFTron’s talented management team and partnering with Silversmith to extend the company’s market leadership.”
“As PDFTron continues to expand its product portfolio and customer footprint globally, Chris’ experience in the developer tools market and with strategic M&A is a perfect complement,” said Sri Rao, General Partner of Silversmith. “Chris is one of the most talented and accomplished corporate development executives in the software industry. I had the privilege of witnessing this firsthand during our time at Salesforce together and I look forward to working with Chris again at PDFTron.”
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, PDFTron is a premier global provider of high-performance document processing technology serving hundreds of customers across a broad spectrum of industries. PDFTron’s industry-leading SDK drives digital transformation and powers next generation software applications with dynamic document viewing, annotation, processing, and conversion capabilities, as well as advanced features such as document understanding, data extraction, and redaction. PDFTron SDK supports all major platforms and dozens of unique file types, including PDF, MS Office, and CAD formats. For more information, visit PDFTron. For more information on XODO, visit www.xodo.com.
Founded in 2015, Silversmith Capital Partners is a Boston-based growth equity firm with $1.1 billion of capital under management. Silversmith’s mission is to partner with and support the best entrepreneurs in growing, profitable technology and healthcare companies. The firm seeks to invest $20 million to $100 million per company. Representative investments include ActiveCampaign, Centauri Health Solutions, Digital Map Products, Impact, LifeStance Health, MediQuant, Nordic Consulting Partners, and Validity. The partners have over 75 years of collective investing experience and have served on the boards of numerous successful growth companies including Ability Network, Dealer.com, Liazon, Liberty Dialysis, MedHOK, Net Health, Passport Health, SurveyMonkey, Wrike and Yapstone. For more information, visit www.silversmithcapital.com.