We are happy to announce that Stephen Sopko has joined the Palisade Compliance team as our Chief Operating Officer.  Stephen brings over twenty-five years of technology business experience to Palisade Compliance including a stint with Oracle.  While at Oracle, Steve was responsible for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) contracts and business practices.  He also led a global effort to reinvent Oracle’s contracting process to make it more transparent and improve ease-of-doing-business for Oracle customers.

At Palisade Compliance, Stephen is responsible for growing our processes and infrastructure with a focus on client service, sustainability and associate empowerment.  His focus is on the application of technology and LEAN services to ensure Palisade Compliance technical and contract analysts have the tools they need to deliver results.  Stephen also provides sound advice for client executives who see that their challenges in license compliance signal a wider threat from their existing contracting processes.

Stephen’s previous experience includes running sales support organizations for Dell (proposals, contracts, services) and as a consultant helping IBM, HP and other major technology companies restructure their contracts and licensing organizations.  Since 2003, he pioneered the application of offshoring and outsourcing to traditional procurement and sales contracts organizations.  Stephen started his career in the early 1990s as a US Federal Contracting officer, during which he successfully opened the former Soviet Union to research contracting and negotiated agreements with Nobel laureates.

Stephen is based in Orlando, Florida.  He can be reached at ssopko@palisadecompliance.com/ or via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/stephensopko