The University of Lethbridge Names Anil Pereira As Its First-ever Executive in Residence

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Veteran Silicon Valley Executive and Entrepreneur to Share Business Experience and Insights with Students in the Faculty of Management

The University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management is launching its Executive in Residence program by appointing international technology marketing expert Anil Pereira as its first on-site executive.
The purpose of the Executive in Residence program is to create an opportunity for senior leaders in industry and government to visit the Faculty of Management to share knowledge and insights gained from working in key industries with students, faculty and staff at the University of Lethbridge and the communities it serves.

The University of Lethbridge has been rated #1 for research activities among institutions of its size in Canada. Funded by the Certified General Accountants of Alberta, The Executive in Residence program has been designed to tie research-based teaching in the Faculty of Management with practical, “real-world” examples of business strategy and implementation from senior industry leaders.

“We are delighted that our inaugural Executive in Residence is Anil Pereira, a technology entrepreneur with an intense passion for building highly visible and trusted global brands,” said Dr. Bob Ellis, the U of L’s Dean of the Faculty of Management. “Of course, we are also thrilled that he is ‘one of our own’ and able to return to campus to share his insights with students and faculty alike.”

Pereira (University of Lethbridge BMgt ’87) is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and marketing executive with more than 20 years of hands-on experience at both start-up companies and global corporations. He is currently the founder and Executive Chairman of Verious, the world’s first code recommendation engine for software developers. The company serves a booming market that industry analysts predict will reach more than $100 billion by 2015.

Pereira, who founded the company in 2011, works with a team of developers to aggregate programming libraries, open source code, tutorials, code samples and snippets and other content that helps app creators and other programmers speed up their time to market. Verious received a significant award from technology news service TechCrunch as a “Disrupt Finalist” in its first year of operation.

Ellis said that the key benefit of Pereira’s visit to campus will be his time spent with students. “We occupy a unique place among Western Canadian business schools in that we ensure our students get a significant amount of in-class and beyond-the-classroom learning experiences.”

“We know that learning from successful leaders like Anil – who have also had the U of L experience – will help to motivate students as they navigate the complex and dynamic environment in which business operates.”

There should be no shortage of ideas that Pereira, a 2000 U of L Alumnus of the Year honoree, might bring with him during his visits to campus – all drawn from his own extensive library of current and previous business experiences.

“Theory is certainly an important foundation in the world of business, but it’s always eye-opening to successfully apply theory in the workplace,” says Pereira. “My goal is to provide practical examples – to apply research and classroom teachings to businesses in today’s marketplace that are in the midst of rapid change and growth and facing various challenges. I want to help students apply theory to practice in real ways, and help them understand how to manage their own careers.”

In addition to his time at the helm of Verious, Pereira also serves as an advisor to numerous start-up and established businesses in Silicon Valley and around the world, currently spanning four continents. Among them is a start-up that teaches children how to code, a company that provides retailers with intelligent CRM solutions, and a cloud computing security company.

Pereira serves as the lead independent director for Fnbox (a holding company that operates leading online businesses in Latin America), and is a senior advisor to Innovation Norway and a number of fast-growing start-ups including Capillary Technologies, Conference Hound and Tynker. Additionally, he has held senior positions at American Express and VeriSign, a leading Internet infrastructure company, and was the founder and CEO of DataSphere Technologies.

Initially, Pereira will be on campus for a week beginning November 4, 2013 to engage with students through a series of guest lectures and mentoring sessions. This will set the stage for a return visit in the spring that will feature similar activities as well as public presentations in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.

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