Leadership

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman


As CEO and Chairman, Sheppard is responsible for Saffron’s corporate vision and fundamental company direction.

Prior to joining Saffron as CEO, Sheppard worked with Saffron’s founders and customers as it’s Executive Chair of the Board of Directors. Prior to Saffron, Sheppard was Vice President and Managing Director at PeopleSoft, Inc. where she successfully turned around an under performing business unit and developed new market strategies, CEO and President with MarketMile, LLC (now part of Rearden Commerce) where she led the development and launch of an application service business focused on serving American Express’ Corporate Purchasing Card Customers, and Vice President, Worldwide Sales, J.D.Edwards & Company, President and General Manager, J.D. Edwards Japan, K.K., and Vice President Sales and Marketing, J.D.Edwards Asia Pacific Ltd. where she was responsible for defining new market strategies and establishing and leading new business units to accelerate J.D. Edwards revenue growth in global markets.

Gayle serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Life and Sciences Museum, dedicated to life long learning in science and technology, and is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) – Carolinas; the world’s largest non-profit entrepreneurial organization.

Sheppard is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, where she received a B.S., Business Administration.

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