November 18, 2011

San Jose Business Journal

Host Analytics is Kelly Battles secret to success as its CFO

As chief financial officer at Host Analytics Inc., Kelly Battles is the top finance person at a rapidly growing company that makes decision-making smarter for its corporate clients.

Redwood City-based Host provides on-demand corporate performance management analysis that helps finance departments and business leaders budget, forecast, consolidate, report and analyze.

Based on her own professional experience, Battles said she recognized the importance of replacing legacy on-premise software and the “accepted way of doing things” in finance departments with on-demand software like Host’s.

She led an internal initiative “to drink our own champagne,” replacing almost all of its business software with software-as-a-service. By doing so, Host execs said she not only successfully instilled a technology shift, but also a cultural and mindset shift within the company as well. In the past three years, Host’s revenue has grown by more than five times and its work force has grown to more than 100.

Before joining Host, Battles was VP of finance at Web and email security provider IronPort Systems Inc.    .IronPort Systems Inc. Latest from The Business Journals Cisco security exec Nawaf Bitar jumps to JuniperCisco security exec Nawaf Bitar jumps to JuniperAndreessen Horowitz names IronPort founder 4th partner Follow this company ., responsible for building and leading the finance, accounting, administrative and operational functions. During her time at IronPort, the company grew from $2 million to $250 million in annual bookings and was sold to Cisco Systems Inc.    .Cisco Systems Inc. Latest from The Business Journals People on the MoveMobile app developer Meridian closes M seed roundCharlotte businesses honored by N.C. Technology Association Follow this company .
She has also been a director in Hewlett-Packard Co.'s strategy and corporate development group, a consultant with McKinsey and Company, and a corporate finance associate at JP Morgan.

Battles holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University, both with honors. In addition to her role at Host, she has spent four years on the board of her church, Valley Presbyterian, and four years on the board of her children’s school, Bowman International. She is also president of the J. Michael Bodnar Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to furthering educational excellence and supporting socio-economic causes throughout the United States.