Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced that Charles Rutstein has been named the company’s chief operating officer, reporting to chairman and CEO George F. Colony. During his seven years at the firm, Rutstein has held several management positions and currently serves as president of Forrester Americas, the firm’s largest operating group.
“Establishing the COO role at this time is the right decision for Forrester, and Charles is absolutely the right leader for the position,” says Colony. “As our company continues to grow and innovate, Charles will lead the execution of Forrester’s strategy to ensure the highest value to our clients, employees, and investors.”
Effective January 1, 2007, Rutstein will oversee the day-to-day operations of Forrester worldwide. “Forrester continues to execute well in the marketplace due to our never-ending commitment to client satisfaction,” says Rutstein. “Our goal is simple: to help clients make smarter decisions and be more successful in their jobs.”
Rutstein’s focus will complement Colony’s leadership as CEO and chairman. While Rutstein focuses on operational excellence, Colony will continue to drive the company forward strategically and increase his time and effort in building the Forrester brand.
As Rutstein assumes the COO role, he brings deep insight of both the technology industry and Forrester’s business. He has held major positions in all of Forrester’s primary businesses: as an analyst and research director, as a leader of Forrester Consulting and Forrester Leadership Boards, and as head of the largest regional business, the Americas.
Prior to joining Forrester, Rutstein was a principal consultant at Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services. During his tenure, he wrote the bestseller Windows NT Security and analyzed and implemented next-generation technology for many of the firm’s largest clients.
Rutstein holds a B.A. in economics from Hobart College and an M.B.A. in strategic and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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