Behind the Click: Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream

May 31, 2012  |  

 

Time for another “Behind the Click” profile already?  You betcha!  This time I am placing the spotlight on a fellow tech colleague named Shellye Archambeau.   Shellye is CEO at a company called MetricStream which is one of the top GRC  (governance, risk management, and compliance) solutions companies in Silicon Valley.  The company includes among its client list such corporations as Pfizer, Kellogg’s, American Airlines and NASDAQ.  But this position is just the latest stop in a string of tenure success stories that also includes a stint at IBM.  Shellye shares with us inspiration and experience from the tech front lines as an African-American female.

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Twitter handle: @shelarchambeau

 

LdC:  I saw via your bio that you are a fellow Ivy Leaguer.  How did you enjoy U.Penn?

SA: I applied to U. Penn to attend Wharton Undergrad.  I wanted the business education in undergrad so I wouldn’t have to go to Grad school.  I was trying to optimize time and money.  I enjoyed my experience.

LdC:  What lead to your interest in business and what was it like at Wharton?

SA: In high school I got involved in clubs and organizations and found that I enjoyed leading and was good at it.  I was told that leading clubs was similar to leading teams in business.  I enjoyed being President of different student organizations, so I set my sights to be CEO of a business.

LdC: I also read that you were the former head of Blockbuster’s e-commerce division. How did you obtain your former position at Blockbuster and what was that like?

SA: I was recruited to Blockbuster, where I became President of Blockbuster.com, from IBM.  The CIO of Blockbuster, who was a former IBM customer of mine reached out to me.  We had stayed in touch over the years and he knew of the innovative work I’d done at IBM leveraging the Internet to grow sales as well as my general management skills and experience.

This was back in the late ’90s and everything related to the Internet was exploding.  It was an exciting time to build and work with a great team to launch the first Blockbuster.com business site.

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