CentralSquare Expands and Solidifies its Executive Leadership for Continued Growth
New Chief Product Officer, Vice President of Corporate Development, and Independent Board Member will advance CentralSquare’s mission to build smarter, safer communities
Lake Mary, FL (March 8, 2022) – CentralSquare Technologies, an industry leader in public sector technology, announced the appointment of Dara Brenner as its Chief Product Officer (CPO), Weston Helms as its Vice President (VP) of Corporate Development and Janet Haugen, former Chief Financial Officer of Unisys, as a new independent member of the Board of Directors. This expansion of CentralSquare’s executive leadership strengthens the company’s position as a leading government technology provider of innovative solutions for efficient citizen delivery and informed decision making.
“As the business grows, we are making critical investments to improve public safety, streamline public administration processes, and fuel innovation for governments and communities across the nation to advance our mission to build smarter, safer communities,” Dave Zolet, CEO CentralSquare commented. “Each of these leaders brings extensive and specialized expertise in product leadership, growth strategy, and investment strategy to become the leading GovTech platform.”
Before joining CentralSquare, Brenner served as Vice President at UKG and led Human Capital Management and HR/Talent product teams at Ultimate Software and EQUIFAX. Brenner has over 25 years of experience as an HR, talent, and product leader, overseeing teams focused on innovative technologies such as search, mobile, social, user experience and analytics.
“The public safety and public administration industry is growing fast, and CentralSquare is at the helm of innovation,” said Brenner. “I'm excited to work with this talented team, to respond to customer needs and advance SaaS solutions that improve governments’ citizen services.”
As VP of Corporate Development, Helms will lead the company’s strategic growth initiatives, including Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), partnerships, and investments. In his previous role, Helms served as Vice President and Lead of Wolf Den Associates’ Transaction Advisory practice where he led clients through complex aerospace, defense, and government services acquisitions, divestitures, M&A strategy, and post-merger integration efforts. Earlier, he completed over $20B in transaction value across more than 25 global IT, Professional Services, and Technology M&A transactions as an integral Corporate Development leader for Computer Sciences Corporation and CSRA.
“Digitizing public sector technology is critical to support the current momentum in the public service industry,” Helms said. “I look forward to leading the team during this transformative time.”
CentralSquare’s newest board member, Janet Haugen, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and audit committee for Bentley Systems and Juniper Networks. She brings two decades in senior financial leadership roles at Unisys, including 15 years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Janet Haugen as a new independent member of our Board of Directors, where she will Chair the Audit Committee. She brings exceptional finance expertise to help guide our growth and investment strategy,” said Betty Hung, Managing Director at Vista Equity Partners and Co-Chair of the Board and Darren Abrahamson, Managing Director at Bain Capital and Co-Chair of the Board.