Craneware’s Executive Leadership
Keith Neilson, Chief Executive Officer
Keith co-founded Craneware in 1999 and has served as its CEO ever since. Under Keith’s guidance, Craneware became recognised as the pioneer in revenue integrity management and a leading provider of superior products and professional services. Keith’s direction has helped Craneware to win multiple prestigious awards in such areas as international achievement, business growth strategy and innovation. Keith was named The Entrepreneurial Exchange’s “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2003” and was a finalist in the 2004 World Young Business Achiever Award, winning the Award of Excellence in the Business Strategy category. He received the UK Software & Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young in 2008 and was the Insider Elite Young Business Leader of the Year in 2009. Prior to launching Craneware, Keith worked primarily in international management, where he handled sales, marketing and technical consulting for companies with operations around the world. He studied Physics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1991. Keith is an active member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), a syndicate member and Partner in Par Equity LLP, a board member of Code Clan, the Scottish Digital Skills Academy and the Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC). Keith is also proud to be a Patron of the Princes Trust and a Trustee of the Polar Academy both charitable organisations that work for the benefit of young people.
Derek Paterson, Chief Information Officer
As Craneware’s CIO, Derek Paterson oversees Networks and Systems, Business Intelligence, Internal Web Development, Communications and Facilities management. He also serves as R&D executive lead for Craneware’s supply management products. Joining Craneware shortly after the company was founded, Paterson built the main production system used by the company for orders, product delivery, and installation tracking, and created and managed its support department, which has consistently won high KLAS marks. Derek also authored the initial version of Craneware’s first Web-based reference tool, Online Reference Toolkit®, and led design of its Pharmacy ChargeLink® and Supplies ChargeLink® products.
Prior to joining Craneware as a production manager and COO, Paterson worked in local government within the United Kingdom, including serving as development officer (IT) for the finance department of the City of Edinburgh Council. In this capacity, he developed early intranet applications as well as database applications and financial reporting systems that resulted in significant cost savings.
Craig Preston, Chief Financial Officer
A finance veteran in the technology field, Craig Preston joined Craneware in 2008, just as the company was entering its second year as a publicly traded corporation on the London Stock Exchange. As CFO, he directs Craneware’s financial operations in both the United Kingdom and United States, drawing upon his significant experience in senior financial roles with private and public technology companies, including those with a multinational presence.
Prior to Craneware, Preston was group director of finance and company secretary at Intec Telecom Systems. Earlier, he served as corporate development manager at London Bridge Software. During his time there, he also held the role of CFO for Phoenix International, a NASDAQ-traded software company, following its acquisition by London Bridge. Earlier in his career, Preston worked for Deloitte in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Marty Smith, Chief Technology Officer
Marty Smith has over twenty years’ experience in enterprise product and application development, building, managing, and leading teams developing enterprise and customer facing products using cutting-edge technologies. In his role as CTO, Smith guides Craneware’s Product Engineering efforts. Prior to joining Craneware, he served as VP of Research and Development at McKesson Health Solutions, where he was responsible for product development across multiple business units spanning a broad spectrum of healthcare payors and providers, including products deployed at the top health plans in the U.S. as well as many leading healthcare providers and hospitals. In his role as leader of Craneware’s technology development, Smith works out of the company’s Atlanta and Edinburgh offices.