Nexient Appoints Allen Debes as CEO Amid Soaring Demand for Product-Led Software Development

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December 20, 2022

NEWARK, Calif. — September 6th, 2022 — Nexient, an NTT DATA company, has appointed Allen Debes as its Chief Executive Officer. The Move comes a year after Nexient’s acquisition by NTT DATA. Debes succeeds outgoing CEO Mark Orttung, who led the company since 2014 and will transition to President of NTT DATA’s product launch capability. Debes Joined Nexient in 2019, serving most recently as its Chief Revenue Officer. He previously held senior positions with Aeritae Consulting Group, Magnet 360, Ecolab and Thrivent.

Debes takes the helm after a banner year at the product strategy and development company which now has over 1,000 consultants and engineers across North America, primarily in the U.S. Midwest Region. As digital transformation, cloud migration and remote work accelerated during the pandemic, major enterprises in sectors such as retail, financial services, and utilities turned to Nexient to navigate the transition. This Included projects such as strategic consulting, product strategy, agile software development, CX design, and AI/ML implementation.

“The next phase of Nexient’s growth will build on our excellence in agile development and apply it to creating smarter products powered by AI, delivering exceptional experiences with data-led designs, and relentlessly focusing on driving business results for our clients,” said Allen Debes, CEO of Nexient. “One year in as part of NTT DATA,our c­lients can see that we offer not only product development capabilities but also the scale to tackle their most urgent strategic priorities.”

“As a business development executive with a growth mindset, Allen is the perfect leader to take the reins for Nexient’s next chapter,” said Mark Orttung, President of NTT DATA’s product launch capability.. “Whether it’s buying products online, paying bills, or playing video games, people use the products we build for major U.S. brands every day.Businesses rely on our operational products to streamline processes, to collaborate, and to drive their core functions. This is important work that is critical to their success. That’s the type of product strategy Nexient is known for. With Allen’s leadership, its future looks bright indeed.”

In addition to Debes’ appointment,Nexient has promoted Victoria Papa to the position of Chief Revenue Officer. Papa joined Nexient in 2017 as an Account Director. She previously held positions at consulting firms SapientNitro, Maximus, and BearingPoint. Further strengthening its leadership team, Nexient has also appointed Clinton Bonner as Vice President of Marketing, who joins from Top coderwith prior marketing experience at Appirio.

Other highlights for Nexient in recent months include:

  • Grew revenues by 40% YoY for 5 consecutive years 
  • Opened offices in Canada and Mexico 
  • Launched new service capabilities in product transformation,AI/ML, DevSecOps, and more 

As a result of its rapid growth,Nexient is hiring across a range of data and software development positions including data engineers, data architects, ML engineers, DevOps and DevSecOps engineers, Java, JavaScript and .Net developers, mobile and quality engineers,as well as client partners and a number of operational support roles. Further Details can be found at Nexient’s website.

About Nexient

Nexient, an NTT DATA Company, is America’s leading provider of 100% US-based Agile software services. The company has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor and HFS Hot Vendor for its innovative, product-minded development approach. Established in 2009,Nexient is headquartered in Silicon Valley, delivering services from Midwest product development centers and client sites around the country. Nexient offers product development and strategy services for tech companies like and enterprises across a range of industries, including retail, healthcare,financial services, media, utilities, manufacturing, travel and hospitality.Learn more at


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