Alessandra Lezama named Most Admired CEO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal
SAN DIEGO, CA—June 13, 2018— Alessandra Lezama, CEO of AbacusNext®, the largest Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) provider for the legal and accounting professions, took home the top prize at this year’s Most Admired CEO Awards, presented by the San Diego Business Journal.
One hundred CEOs were nominated in categories including non-profit, family owned, privately held and publicly traded organizations for their outstanding leadership and community involvement. Nearly 500 business leaders and guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla for the award ceremony where Lezama earned the highest honor of the evening, Most Admired CEO of the Year, awarded to the nominee who received the highest overall score from the judges regardless of category.
“I’m humbled and deeply honored to be named CEO of the Year,” said Lezama. “I owe a debt of gratitude to my entire staff, my senior management team, and most importantly to our clients whose trust has made our success possible. I had big dreams when I joined AbacusNext, so I surrounded myself with the smartest people I knew, and together we’ve achieved more than anyone thought possible."
Since Lezama became CEO five years ago, AbacusNext has grown from less than 30 employees to more than 500. Today, AbacusNext serves 1.5 million professionals worldwide across the legal, accounting, finance, banking, and public-sector markets.
“With her pioneering vision and leadership, Alessandra completely reengineered AbacusNext,” said Marco Ferrari, Chairman of the Board for AbacusNext. “She took us from a niche software developer focused on the legal profession, to a global technology leader that’s disrupting the Cloud Computing industry.”
Lezama is a veteran technology executive who has enjoyed a high impact career taking underperforming companies and turning them into scalable, high-performance powerhouses. She’s active in the local business community, including serving on the board of directors for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a passionate advocate for women and girls pursuing careers in STEM.
As the largest technology provider for the professional services sector, AbacusNext helps legal and accounting professionals achieve ultimate success and peace of mind through the delivery of a complete suite of compliance-ready technology solutions designed to support a secure and cloud-enabled practice at a cost they can afford. Headquartered in San Diego, California, and backed by private investment with Providence Equity, AbacusNext delivers products and services to over 12,000 clients worldwide.
About Providence Equity Partners
Providence is a premier global private equity firm with more than $54 billion in capital under management. Providence pioneered a sector-focused approach to private equity investing with the vision that a dedicated team of industry experts could build exceptional companies of enduring value. Since the firm's inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 160 companies and is a leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI, and also has offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.provequity.com.