Open innovator rounds out management team with co-founder of OpenProj (now ProjectLibre)

O’Brien has a long, distinguished history in the software marketplace. His rookie years were spent with global semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments running the Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) department in the 1980s.

Subsequently, O’Brien jumped into mainframe sales with MRO Software (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul), Inc. – formerly known as PSDI – a Massachusetts-based software firm, which published Maximo, an Enterprise Asset Management system, and was acquired by IBM in 2006.

O’Brien also led North American Sales for the Scitor Corporation when the company won InfoWorld's Product of the Year for its Process Management Software.

O’Brien then founded WebProject (since acquired by Nitor), the first Internet-based team application and pioneer in On-Demand applications with the backing of Cisco and Sun Microsystems.

He then co-founded cloud and open source technology company, Projity, which was acquired by Serena Software in 2008. O’Brien remained active in the organization as vice president of SaaS (Software as a Service). The company’s open source alternative to Microsoft Project, OpenProj (now ProjectLibre), has been downloaded over four million times in nearly 200 countries. In its first month, ProjectLibre was voted the open source "Project of the Month" on Sourceforge. O’Brien continues as project lead for ProjectLibre.

Most recently, O’Brien served as Vice President and General Manager for social software and Drupal applications at Acquia, which was ranked as the number one software vendor on the 2012 Inc. 500 list.