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Steele also appointed to Jive's Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE) today announced that Elisa Steele has been named chief executive officer. In addition, Steele has been appointed to the Jive Board of Directors, effective immediately. In her role as CEO and president, she will oversee the full leadership responsibilities and day-to-day operations of the company. Bill Lanfri, who had been appointed with Steele to "Office of the CEO" during the CEO search, will return to his role as an independent member on the Jive Board of Directors.

Prior to her promotion to president and Office of the CEO in November, Steele served as Jive's executive vice president of marketing and products, and previously chief marketing officer. Her background includes more than 20 years of leadership experience in high technology, including executive management roles at Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo and NetApp.

"I am honored by the confidence expressed by the Jive Board of Directors and excited about the direction we are taking the company to enable today's modern workstyles. Our mission is clear —we empower brands to create valued relationships with their customers and we enable people to work better together using simple, smart, beautiful products." said Elisa Steele, CEO and President of Jive. "I look forward to working with the leadership team and all the Jivers around the world to execute our plan and deliver sustainable, profitable growth."

"Elisa is one of the most dynamic leaders I've worked with and she's made an immediate impact as president. Within just a few months, she's fostered a strong leadership team and delivered an innovative product suite," said Jim Goetz, partner at Sequoia and Jive board member. "We're well positioned to accelerate the business and help more people communicate and collaborate across devices."

"For more than a decade, Jive has been a leader in helping people connect, communicate and collaborate. With Elisa as CEO, I'm confident the company will continue to drive this market forward," said Ted Schlein, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and member of Jive's Board. "Elisa has a clear vision for how people and technology intersect – ultimately this powerful combination is what drives people to work better together and deliver the most value to organizations."

The CEO appointment is the result of a comprehensive management succession process that was led by the Board.

About Jive Software
Jive (Nasdaq: JIVE) is the leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business. Recognized as a leader by the industry's top analyst firms in multiple categories, Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work better together. More information can be found at


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