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Brent Brightwell

Brent Brightwell Executive Advisor - CMO


Brent Brightwell is a global innovator, technology leader, product manager and entrepreneur with extensive startup, SMB, mid-market, large enterprise and government experience. He has worked with innovative companies to enable their marketing, product management, engineering, sales, operations, R&D, engineering, business development, alliances, fundraising and strategy. Whether helping innovators like HT Cares!, Tech Ranch, Digi-UX, Phunware, Keychain Venture Capital, kaZING, BEST, CyberDefenses, Krystallize, iQuate and DoubleHorn as CMO, CEO or SVP of Strategy & Products; he brings 20 years of technology and industry experience to drive positive outcomes quickly. He is currently head of global marketing for Phunware.  Previously he was CEO of kaZING, BEST Healthcare, and CMO of iQuate & Neverfail, VP of Products for Gravitant, and Product Marketing Executive at HPE where he launched the HP Helion Cloud offerings. Brent has also led global marketing and Technical Pre-Sales for HP. Prior to Sales, he led R&D and Product Management for HP’s strategic Solutions spending six years in strategic executive leadership positions for Hewlett Packard before being a competitive hire from BMC. He has led projects for M&A, HP Garage Incubator, Competitive Analysis, Market Intelligence, Talent Assessment and Retention, Leadership and Career Development Training.

Before HP, Brent was the SVP of Product Management and Marketing for ASG. Prior, he spent four years at BMC Software leading both Global Product Marketing and Management for the Atrium Product Line, bringing to market the first commercial ITIL CMDB, leading Discovery & Orchestration/RBA technology establishing BMC as the market leader in integration and data management technologies. He has also successfully spearheaded marketing and product management for Cesura (formerly Vieo) and EMC Smarts. He Co-Founded nVision Software in 2001 and was head of Products and Business Development. Before founding nVision, he was the Director of Product Marketing with Matrix NetSystems. Before Matrix, Brent was a Senior Product Manager with Marimba, Inc. His background also includes marketing and engineering positions at Comwerx, Inc. and ITRW, Inc., both Internet Service Hosting Providers.

He studied business and marketing at Panola College and Texas A&M University, earning a BSB in Information Systems degree from the University of Phoenix in 2002 and an MBA from Regis University in 2004. He is AWS Certified, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Level 6 Pragmatic Marketing Certified. He is a certified Facilitator and often asked to lead and speak at various panels, boards, events and conferences.

Brent was a founding member and on the Board of Directors for an Austin Children’s Museum and is a regular WatchDOGS volunteer at his kiddo’s schools. Brent is also a Board Advisor for several companies and mentor’s executives, MBA & Engineering students, marketers, strategists and innovators. He lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife and two sons.