Russell Fleischer, a three-time, software-industry CEO, joined Battery as a partner in 2014 and was promoted to general partner in 2015. He has also served as a longtime executive in residence at the firm.
At Battery, Russell focuses on new investment opportunities in the enterprise-software sector. He is currently involved with Battery Ventures portfolio companies Alogent, Concurrent Real-Time, Enviance, Learnosity and Plixer. He also participated in the spin out and creation of Qognify, a company that Battery acquired from NICE Systems’ Physical Security Business Unit. His focus is later-stage deals, including buyouts, rollups and take-privates. He is also focused on developing new talent, both at Battery portfolio companies and inside the firm.
Prior to joining Battery as a partner, Russell was the CEO of HighJump, a supply-chain management software company, and a member of the company’s board of directors. Under Russell’s four-plus years of leadership the business grew to $110M in revenues and a worldwide workforce of over 500 people from $50M in revenue. In July of 2014 the company was acquired by Accel|KKR and merged with Accellos. Before that Russell served as CEO of Healthvision Software, a healthcare information-technology provider. Healthvision was acquired by Lawson Software in 2010. Russell and his team grew Healthvision from a company with $25 million in revenue into a global business employing more than 300 people and generating approximately $70 million in revenue and $20 million in EBITDA.
Prior to Healthvision, Russell served as CEO of TriSyn Group, a core banking applications-software provider focused on serving the top 100 banks in the U.S. There, he was responsible for launching the company as a standalone entity after its acquisition from Computer Associates. In addition, he has over time served as a board director for many public and private companies, including Adams Golf, HomeCareHomeBase, Vero Software, Data Innovations and RogueWave. Russell has been both a public- and private-company CFO, primarily in the software sector, for InConcert, InterWorld and Adams Golf. He also worked with CheckFree, D&B Software, Sales Technologies and Xerox.
Russell earned a BA in economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Vanderbilt. He is a board member and trustee for Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and a board member for the Michael E. Nozik Foundation in Rochester, NY, which raises funds to send deserving children to Camp Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes of western New York.