Board of Directors

Reinvention and innovation are critical to lasting success in the technology industry. Percussion Software has brought innovators and investors together for 20 years, combining ideas and capital into dynamic products and companies. 

Our board of directors includes serial entrepreneurs, outstanding operators, and angel investors whose extensive experience starting and scaling technology and services companies continues to propel Percussion’s growth, as well as the other ventures they support. Past successes as our board include:

  • Founding and growing tech recruiting firm Stride & Associates into a national multi-franchise leader and a successful transaction with Summit Partners
  • Founding Axceler—a provider of Microsoft Sharepoint tools—and growing it to $25 million in sales and a successful transaction with Metalogix
  • Creating IT security and risk management solutions leader Rapid7, which has grown into a global leader in network security

Beyond serving on Percussion Software’s board of directors, our board members continue to actively support the startup community, backing companies such as AppNeta, Talener, Ascendify, and many others.

Michael Alden

Chairman of the Board

Mike co-founded and grew Axceler into the #1 ISV for SharePoint administration tools while achieving a four-year CAGR of 135%. Prior to his time with Axceler, Mike has been part of the Percussion family since 1997, serving in a number of roles, including President, SVP of Operations and SVP of Sales and Services. When not building companies, Mike enjoys boating, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Barry Reynolds

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Barry co-founded Percussion in 1994 and has also served as its President and CEO. Prior to Percussion, he held senior roles in Product Management and Marketing at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC). Reynolds is a CPA and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brandeis University. Barry also served on the board of Axceler Software.

John Devine

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

John has extensive operations and sales expertise and has overseen Percussion's sales endeavors, a core area of operations he also directed at Rapid7, Bond Technologies, and Stride & Associates. Prior to his recent experiences, John spent almost 10 years in IT job placement. John is also a member of the Board of Directors at both Rapid7 and Axceler Software.

Alan Matthews

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Alan and partner John Devine, with whom he launched many other successful start-ups, founded Rapid7 to address the need he saw in the market for network security. Prior to his business partnerships with Devine, he was a consultant to the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch, developed mortgage-backed securities software at First Boston, coordinated and operated computer graphics lab at HBO/Time Warner and in the late 1970s served as a programmer and designer for the VM operating system at IBM.

Michael Robichaud

Board of Directors

Mike is a founding shareholder and was most recently CEO at Stride & Associates, a multi-brand placement company. Under Mike’s leadership, Stride grew in excess of 30% CAGR over a five-year period, expanding the company from a regional office to a national corporation with 25 offices in 11 major US cities. As a result of these and other accomplishments, Mike received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” awards. Mike holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire.

Deidre Diamond

Board of Directors

Deidre Diamond leverages her experience and many successes in the technology industry by joining Percussion’s leadership as an investor and board member. Previously serving as President and CEO, she spent three years transforming Percussion into a leader in marketing-oriented web content management, and shifting from service to product-focused strategy.

Deidre has a strong record of building effective sales teams that drive business growth. While at Rapid7, a provider of Unified Vulnerability Management and Penetration Solutions, Deidre’s teams doubled the company’s new revenue for four consecutive years. Prior to Rapid7, Deidre built and led the sales team at Stride & Associates, hiring and training the inside telesales team that grew to over 27 offices and 90 teams throughout the United States.

Deidre has a double bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from California State University-Fullerton.