Gurobi Optimization, LLC, creator of the world’s fastest mathematical optimization solver, recently announced that its Co-founder and CEO, Dr. Edward Rothberg, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. In addition, he will continue to shape the company’s strategic product direction, as Gurobi’s Chief Scientist. The Board has appointed Gurobi’s current COO, Duke Perrucci, to serve as CEO.
Dr. Rothberg served as Chief Operating Officer from the co-founding of Gurobi in 2008 until 2015, when he was appointed CEO. Under his leadership, the company achieved 20 percent- 40 percent year-over-year growth, with expansion across ten countries. Recognized as an industry visionary, Dr. Rothberg’s focus will be on helping guide company strategy at the board level and providing product direction within the organization.
Perrucci joined Gurobi in 2018 as Chief Revenue Officer and was instrumental in building and leading the company’s sales and marketing teams. Since becoming COO in 2021, he has overseen strategic execution across the organization.
“I felt the time is right to evolve my role and make this change. And Duke has proven he’s the right person to fill this role. He and I share a common vision for Gurobi. I’m confident he will do a great job and the company will continue on an upward trajectory,” said Rothberg.
“I have appreciated working so closely with Ed over the years. His role as Chief Scientist and Chairman will allow us to continue working just as closely,” explained Perrucci. “Ed and I are very well aligned. The company is always going to be about optimization and technical superiority.”
Perrucci has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and analytics roles. Before joining Gurobi, he served at Cambridge Analytica, FocusVision, and Unilever. He also spent nine years with Information Resources, Inc., where he worked across the entire PepsiCo enterprise.
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