Tony Ard is the Vice President for Higher Education with the Software division of Kaufman Hall. His responsibilities include setting the vision and strategy for the firm’s higher education software business. In this role, Mr. Ard leads product management for the Axiom Higher Education Software Suite, and works across functional groups to ensure the success of our software customers.
With more than 15 years of experience in leadership roles within the enterprise performance management software industry, Mr. Ard has built high performing teams and innovative solutions with a focus on client satisfaction. He has expertise with solutions spanning budgeting, strategic financial planning, capital planning, forecasting, and analytics. Mr. Ard previously was Director of Solutions Engineering with Axiom EPM, before the company joined Kaufman Hall in 2014. Prior to Axiom, he was Solutions Manager with SAP and BusinessObjects, where he brought industry solutions to market for the education, government, and healthcare sectors. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ard held positions as a Consultant with SRC Software, a Project Manager with Intel, and an Accounting System Manager with Qualex, a division of Eastman Kodak.
Mr. Ard is a frequent speaker on topics such as planning in higher education and decision making in uncertain environments. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College.