Rudy Karsan Joins Accela Board of Directors

SAN RAMON, Calif. – March 11, 2015 – Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for government, announced today that Rudy Karsan has joined the Accela Board of Directors. Mr. Karsan is the founder of Kenexa and private investment firm Karlani Capital. The appointment coincides with Accela closing $143.5 million in equity financing, in which Karlani Capital participated.

As founder of Kenexa, a leading SaaS-based provider of human capital management software, Karsan grew the business to $364 million in sales, serving more than 9,000 companies and 110 million users. In 2005, Karsan took the company public after completing more than 20 acquisitions and eventually sold the business to IBM in 2012 for $1.3 billion. Karsan is a successful entrepreneur whose background in actuarial science paved the way for his success. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and humanitarian achievements, is the author of a New York Times bestselling book on employee engagement, and currently serves on the board at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and at CertusBank.

“It’s an honor to have Rudy Karsan join the Accela board of directors,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “Rudy’s institutional knowledge stemming from building a cloud-based business and taking it public will be extremely valuable as Accela continues to expand globally. Rudy’s background is strategically aligned with Accela’s mission and his involvement significantly strengthens our Company.”

“Accela has been a leader in providing cloud-based solutions for government, and I look forward to sharing my experience and contributing to the future direction and growth of the company,” said Karsan. “The ability to use cutting edge technologies like the Civic Platform to create efficient government, connected communities, and robust citizen engagement can have a huge impact on governance in general.”