Accela Brings On Three New Executives


Accela, a provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for government, has hired three to newly created executive roles in the company. Jay Colfer will join as Chief Revenue Officer, Troy Coggiola as Chief Product Officer and Srini Kakkera as Senior Vice President of Engineering.

As Chief Revenue Officer, Colfer will be responsible for leading the company’s strategic sales and marketing initiatives. Colfer was most recently Chief Growth Officer at SSI, a provider of revenue cycle management solutions and services.

Coggiola joins the company from Ellie Mae, a provider of mortgage origination technology, where he served as Senior Vice President of Product Management.

Srini Kakkera will assume the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering at Accela where he will be focused on overseeing critical engineering functions, technical platform strategy, and management of development teams. Previously, Srini served as Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technology at AlertEnterprise and was a member of the company’s founding team.

The new hires follow the appointment of Ed Daihl to Chief Executive Officer at the end of March. Daihl replaced Mark Jung, former acting CEO and Chairman, who will remain with Accela as Executive Chairman. Jung, a name well known around startup land took over for CEO Maury Blackman at the end of last year. At the time, some thought that Accela was headed for an IPO after having grown considerably thanks to a cash infusion from private equity firm Bregal Sagemount. However, that has yet to manifest.

Unlike Jung, Daihl has four decades of government contracting experience.

“Last August, when I accepted the role of acting CEO in addition to serving as Accela’s Chairman, it was with the intention to identify a seasoned leader with a passion for transforming government, to take Accela to the next level. I have every confidence we have found that person in Ed Daihl,” said Mark Jung, Executive Chairman of Accela, said in a statement at the time.

Daihl previously served as Senior Vice President for Epicor and CEO for Surgical Information Systems (SIS). He has also held positions at Manugistics, CAPS Logistics, BaaN Supply Chain and MCI/WorldCom/EDS.