Proforma (PPAI 196835, D13) – ranked the No. 5 distributor in this year’s PPAI 100 – has announced the hiring of Mike Dobozy as its new chief technology officer and the promotion of former CTO Brian Carothers to chief information officer.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike Dobozy, who is a proven technical visionary and leader with a wealth of experience and innovative technical expertise,” says Vera Muzzillo, CEO of Proforma. “We’re also thrilled to recognize Brian Carothers, who is the best of the best for his accomplishments. Together, their business acumen and hands-on management styles will be critical to Proforma’s industry-leading technology initiatives as we continue our expansion and innovation in automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

Tech Prowess

With more than 20 years of technical experience, Dobozy comes to the promotional products industry from software development firm Red Hat, where he served as principal architect.

“Having worked with Fortune 25 clients, I’m very impressed with the software, team and processes that Proforma has developed,” Dobozy says. “I look forward to adding my expertise and experience to the development of seamless automation, efficient workflow and intelligent decision making in the ProVision platform.”

“I’m thrilled to help welcome Mike into the Proforma family,” Carothers adds. “His deep expertise in artificial intelligence and platform automation at scale make him the perfect addition to accelerate our industry-leading technology.”

Acting as CTO at Proforma since 2015, Carothers has overseen the Independence, Ohio-based distributor’s IT department and managed all development, analysis and project management resources.

  • Named the 2023 PromoStandards Distributor of the Year, Carothers has contributed his experience to the creation and implementation of standards for the utilization and advancement of data in the promotional products industry.