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Liongard Names Michelle Accardi As The Companys Next CEO

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Co-Founder Joe Alapat transitions to CTO

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#IT--Liongard, a software-as-a-service platform that provides Managed Service Providers (MSPs) the power to improve profitability, mitigate cybersecurity risk and enable compliance, today announced Michelle Accardi has been named as CEO, effective April 17.

Accardi succeeds Co-Founder Joe Alapat, who will transition to CTO.

Accardi is an innovative leader with more than two decades of experience growing MSPs and technology companies with an excellent track record of success. At Liongard, she will be responsible for accelerating growth and bolstering the product portfolio.

“The Liongard team has accomplished much in its first few years, and that’s a testament to the founding vision and hard work of the entire organization,” Accardi said. “With Liongard in a strong market leadership position, there is a unique opportunity to accelerate growth. Joe and team have built a dynamic company culture and robust technical foundation and I am looking forward to partnering with him to build on the company’s success.”

Accardi most recently served as CEO of Logically, one of the nation’s largest cybersecurity-focused MSPs, and previously as President and Chief Revenue Officer of Star2Star. In those roles, she delivered value to partners to ensure their customers received significant value from their products and services.

“Now is the right time for Liongard to transform for the long term as we welcome a new member to our executive leadership team,” Alapat said. “Michelle’s addition will help take Liongard to the next level and accelerate our growth as we address the evolving needs of the industry. This new role allows me to focus on driving Liongard’s innovation forward and helping our MSP partners navigate the modern business landscape.”

“We are excited to welcome Michelle to the team at Liongard,” said Carter Griffin, Liongard board member and General Partner at Updata. “We believe that Michelle’s leadership experience and excellent track record will ensure Liongard continues to perform at a very high level.”

“Throughout this process Michelle has stood out as the right person to build on the tremendous success Liongard has had,” added Jim Pastoriza, a member of the Liongard board and Partner at TDF Ventures.

Accardi graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science and holds an MBA from American Intercontinental University. Outside of Liongard, she is an avid supporter of youth organizations, including Pop Warner sports and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

About Liongard

The Liongard Deep Data Platform™ unlocks the intelligence hidden across the stack to deliver an Operational Advantage to IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs). With Liongard, MSPs always run in a known state, proactively detect changes staying one step ahead and automate mundane tasks giving their teams back time. Liongard is comprised of a passionate group of people from the MSP industry, committed to the continual improvement of its products and relationships with its partners. Nearly 2,000 of the best-run MSPs rely on Liongard to power the systems for their end customers every day. For more information, please visit


John Walker

First published on Wed, Apr 12, 2023

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