Cien Appoints Michael O’Hare to Strategic Advisory Board

SaaS and Corporate Finance Specialist to Fuel AI-Company’s Growth

Cien Inc, a leading provider of AI-powered sales productivity solutions, today announced the appointment of corporate finance expert Michael O’Hare to Cien’s Strategic Advisory Board.

A Managing Director at KeyBanc Capital Markets in New York, Michael O’Hare is a Software-as-a-Service specialist with deep public and private SaaS business experience. Most recently, O’Hare helped companies such as CoreDial, Tricentis, JAMF and SevOne raise hundreds of millions of dollars in public and venture financing.

“Cien is a game changer for sales teams,” says O’Hare. “I’ve seen thousands of companies throughout my career but very few with potential like Cien’s. I’m looking forward to helping the company get ready for its next level of growth. Virtually every business I advise could benefit from their technology.”

“Michael combines business and financial acumen with deep industry expertise. His strategic vision is going to benefit and accelerate Cien’s growth,” says Cien Co-founder Margot Carter, who worked closely with O’Hare at SoundView Technologies prior to its acquisition by Charles Schwab.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Michael to Cien’s Strategic Advisory Board. He brings vast experience from working with the world’s best SaaS companies as we plan the next stage of our company’s development,” says Cien CEO, Rob Käll. Cien’s Strategic Advisory Board is composed of internationally recognized and highly accomplished executives, entrepreneurs, investors and academics.


About Michael O’Hare

Michael joined KeyBanc Capital Markets through its acquisition of Pacific Crest Securities. He joined the firm in 2008 and is now a Managing Director, spearheading the firm’s Infrastructure Software team. With over 2​6​ years of investment banking experience, Michael provides strategic, financial and transaction execution advice to corporate technology clients. Michael was previously Head of M&A at Oppenheimer and Co. and WR Hambrecht + Co.
Prior to joining WR Hambrecht + Co, he specialized in M&A at SoundView Technology Group, Gerard Klauer Mattison, Furman Selz and Lehman Brothers.
Michael specializes in M&A and private capital raising, and has experience in a variety of other high technology sectors. Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.


About Cien

Cien gives sales leaders an edge by using the power of AI to enhance the quality of their data and increase the productivity of their teams. Available on the Salesforce AppExchange, Cien’s app takes into account human and behavioral elements to detect problems, predict outcomes and recommend the shortest path to success. For more information about Cien, visit

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