Kate brings decades of experience in high technology sales, business development and leadership with a passion for education to Curriki.
Most recently Kate was VP of Sales and Business Development for Five9 Network Systems selling customer solutions and appliances. Kate had a 20 year career with Sun Microsystems and Oracle. Upon the Oracle acquisition, Kate filled the leadership role as Group Vice President for North America Commercial Hardware for the US Financial Services Area. For five years, she was Vice President for Sun’s U.S. Government, Education and Healthcare (GEH) business, responsible for selling and creating unique partnerships into K-12, Universities, Community Colleges, Teaching Hospitals and State and Local Government. Kate led the GEH Area to exceed goal, built a robust partner network, and achieved double digit revenue growth. Sun gained major recognition and credit as a major player and contributor into education.
With several decades of experience, Kate has been repeatedly recognized by colleagues and industry consortiums for her contributions to business including being named Outstanding Sales Woman of the Year as well as Sun’s Worldwide Regional Director of the Year. Notable industry achievements include leading a NYC crisis team to care for Sun customers in the weeks after the 9/11 crisis.
Prior to joining Sun, Kate led start-ups and held positions as an executive at top companies including Compaq Computer, Verizon and Xerox in sales, marketing and operations. She began her career as a sales manager at Ford Motor Company working for Edsel Ford.
Kate received an M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts and has a B.S. from Boston College. She has served on multiple Boards including the GM Pace Program, Western Governor’s University and Housatonic Community College Foundation. Kate has a passion for education and learning, professional and student coaching, working out, tennis, horticulture and fine wine. Kate is a wife, mother and a grandmother of 4. She is living her dream residing with her husband Ray Leone and her yellow lab, Napa, in both Florida and CT and focusing on making education better.