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High Five: Meet Shawn Price, CEO Of SavvionHigh Five: Meet Shawn Price, CEO Of Savvion

At the start of the Daytona International Speedway Rolex 24 in January, Shawn Price, CEO of software vendor Savvion, was at the wheel of a Porsche 911. He had traveled only a short distance when he was spun around and struck, but he managed to drive off the track. He sat out an hour of repairs and was among the last to finish.

Charles Babcock

March 16, 2007

2 Min Read

Shawn Price
CEO of Savvion
Interview by Charles Babcock

Shawn Price, CEO of Savvion

Photograph by Gabriela Hasbun


"My ego was bruised more than anything else," Price says of his Daytona crash. "One car hit me head on, ripping off the radiator. I had practiced on the track, and knew the next thing I came to was an exit. In no time, I was back in the pit."


Price sees a connection between racing and software: continuity. "You have a chance to pick a team, a platform. I'm very fortunate in racing that the team continuity is there, my fellow drivers, the pit crew, and crew chief. That applies equally to Savvion."


Savvion's board members had no qualms when they found out Price prefers the fast lane. "When I came to Savvion, I had to have a candid discussion with the board. I told them I am a professional race car driver. Savvion is now emblazoned on the car and all our meeting rooms have the names of races: Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans."


"Content will always be king. It will always win out over appearances. Racing is great exposure, a great talking point, but companies need to trust us as a business. Intellect and staff horsepower are far more important."


"It's a very crowded field," he says of the market for business process management software. "We're a leader in our category in all metrics. I'm extremely bullish we can emerge from the pack."

About the Author(s)

Charles Babcock

Editor at Large, Cloud

Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.

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