St. Paul, Minn. — Merrill Corporation (www.merrillcorp.com), a global provider of secure content sharing, regulated communications and compliance services, has named Thomas Fredell, Chief Product Officer.
In his new role, Fredell will lead Merrill’s efforts to reshape the management, design, engineering and architecture of the company’s products and service offerings. He will be based in Austin, Tex., reporting to Merrill CEO, Rusty Wiley.
“We welcome Thomas to the Merrill team,” said Wiley. “He has a distinguished and proven track record in bringing together technology and innovation that transform the customer experience and generate growth. He’s joining the Merrill team to accelerate our time to market in developing new products and services, while seeking new opportunities within our existing technology platforms to build stronger, more distinct competitive advantages for Merrill and its customers.”
Fredell joins Merrill from SmithCo Investments, an Austin-based investment firm, where he served as CEO. Prior to SmithCo, Fredell led a 60-person product and engineering team for SnagAJob.com, as Chief Technology Officer. He has also founded two companies, ForAllTime, which created on online application for scrapbooking called Membly; and Cambridge Technology Visions, a SaaS company acquired by IntraLinks, Inc., where he served as Chief Technology Officer for nine years.
“I’m excited to join Merrill and help the organization unleash its technology potential,” said Fredell. “Building off of Merrill’s nearly 50-year reputation for customer service, I see incredible opportunities to take the Merrill customer experience to new levels. We are unlocking the company’s expertise in data management and driving entrepreneurial initiatives that fuel more agile technology. In addition, we’re creating new collaborations to accelerate the delivery of customer solutions.”
Fredell earned a BA degree from the University of Virginia in cognitive science, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Fredell holds two patents on computer security and collaboration technology, and has authored or contributed to a variety of technology books.
In addition to his career, Fredell is passionate about education. He served as a board member of the Knowledge Is Power Program: Massachusetts (KIPP:MA) for eight years, and served as chairman for four years. KIPP:MA is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success to and through college and in life.