Some Things I've done

Dec
2013
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Now
Enkata as a Director of Product Marketing
Jul
2011
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Dec
2013
Oracle as a Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Commerce & Social
Jun
2005
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Jul
2011
IBM as a Director of Product Marketing
(Acquired Sterling Commerce in August 2010, Sterling Commerce acquired Comergent Technologies in December 2006)
Feb
2003
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Jun
2005
Tumbleweed Communications as a Senior Product Marketing Manager
Apr
2002
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Feb
2003
Fort Hill Systems as a Product Marketing (Consultant)
Nov
2000
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Aug
2001
Avasta as a Senior Director of Product Marketing
Jan
1999
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Nov
2000
Meteor (formerly WebSentric) as a Director of Product Marketing
Jan
1997
dates
Dec
1998
Nortel Networks as a Product Marketing Manager
Jul
1987
dates
Dec
1996
Pacific Bell Video Services / Pacific Bell Directory as a Product Manager
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What People say

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Suzy Meriwether
colleague
I had the pleasure of working with Michael at Oracle. Michael's product marketing expertise and leadership was key in driving Oracle’s retail product positioning and go to market plans. He thinks strategically and has great instincts. He's very responsive to the needs of peers, sales teams and, most importantly, customers. I would highly recommend him.
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Kate Bingham
colleague
Michael is a true product marketer in every since of the word. He is sharp, has deep industry knowledge and is able to jump into any project and quickly add insight and deliver valuable messaging and positioning recommendations. He is extremely responsive and is always juggling so many projects with such ease and understanding – he always keeps me wondering how he does everything so quick and so effectively. I can’t stress enough the value of working with Michael – he is one of those people that will join a project and needs no time at all to get up to speed and deliver value. Also, he “delivers” consistently and always on – or ahead of schedule (not to be understated as many product marketers I know talk strategy all day – but fail to move the ball forward). On top of all this, Michael is just a great person and teammate – and someone who just generally great and fun to be around.
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Sherry Prescott-Willis
colleague
Michael is an incredible asset to the product marketing organization and consistently provides great guidance, feedback and collaboration with all team members and colleagues at Oracle. His expertise in Customer Experience was invaluable for a number of key campaigns our team worked on. Always a pleasure to work with, Michael gives beyond 100% to any project or team effort.
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colleague
Michael is dynamic in creating, putting together, and presenting compelling and clear messaging and content that drives revenue and inspires sales. Additionally, he has repeatedly stepped up to drive new product marketing initiatives, in collaboration with other team members. Michael is a strong catalyst for team growth, positive culture, and business results. I highly recommend him.
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Steven Aguirre
colleague
Michael was a hands-on and strategic thought leader with the ability to communicate positioning internally within Sterling/IBM and externally to customers and analysts. I would recommend him highly to any firm.
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Lolita Chandra
colleague
I have had the opportunity to work with Michael on several projects. He is a true leader and leads by example. He has strong communication and collaboration skills that go a long way towards building cohesive teams. I have enjoyed working with Michael.
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Melany Thompson-Zaro, FMP
colleague
I have worked on numerous projects with Michael over the past six years. He has always been very thorough and helped me ensure we completed each project on time and to the satisifaction of the stakeholders. I highly recommend Michael.
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Paul Williams
colleague
I have known Michael Hilton in a variety of capacities for many years. He is a true professional in his field known for his expertise and integrity. Michael has proven ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative solutions for enhancing competitiveness. He is a pleasure to work with and I hope our work paths cross again. I whole heartedly would without any reservation recommend him.
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Firoze Doctor
colleague
Michael has excellent leadership skills and the ability to take a product from concept stage to a successful launch. His work was always reliable, dependable, with the rigor required to make sound decisions.
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George Wong
colleague
Michael is dedicated to his task in getting things to completion regardless of obstacles. I am always amazed at his energy level in closing out loose ends.
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Walt Stevenson
education
Energetic, innovative, and a really sincere person. Great guy!
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Jagadish Channagiri
colleague
I have known Michael for many years as a friend, colleague, and confidante. Our paths crossed in Avasta and know his work intimately. He has in-depth knowledge of product marketing and contributed fundamentally. He led the Product Marketing efforts at Avasta with great aplomb. I have no hesitation in recommending Michael. He is an asset to any Organization.
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colleague
Michael is a great product marketing professional, able to translate features and functionality into crisp product positioning and messaging. He has both the marketing and technical skills to create sales enablement tools that can presented to a customer or prospect that is right on target. He would make a great asset to any company.
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Shawn Hanna
business-partner
Michael was a mentor to me when I experienced my first lay off. Though only knowing me as a friend of a friend Michael took the time to give me valuable advice about the job market in San Francisco and how to best make myself marketable. I'm truly grateful for Michael's advice and I think his actions speak volumes about his character. Michael is a truly caring and giving soul willing to help out his fellow man. An asset to any company that ascribes to 'old fashioned' values.
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Michael Goldenberg
colleague
I have pleasure to work with Michael in Comergent and later in Sterling Commerce. Michael is very capable and efficient Product Marketing professional with great knowledge of e-commerce web-based applications. He always is helpful in presenting advantages of our product to customers. Michael is a great person to work with and would be a valuable addition to any Marketing organization.
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Steve Drane
colleague
Michael is one of the best marketing - product marketing professionals that I have worked with in my career. Michael is fluent in all aspects of technology marketing, public relations, and marketing communications. He knows how to translate and correctly interpret results gathered from sales into actionable marketing strategies. I would recommend Michael for a senior role in marketing or product marketing at any early to mid stage technology firm
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Colin McHugh
colleague
When I managed Support Services I often found myself needing to create sales tools that included product information and relevant messaging. Michael was a great source of this information in order for me to build the necessary presentations and sales tools to present to our customers. Michael always showed a great attitude and was always willing to help. He is a great!
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Kathy Ury
business-partner
Michael is the "go to guy" for product marketing at Sterling Commerce. He sets a high standard for enterprise software product marketing, always having thorough knowledge of his market, technology, competition and customers, and he knows how to expertly apply that knowledge. He's also a great collaborator on product launches both strategically and tactically, bringing energy and fresh ideas. If you're looking to jump start your product marketing, Michael's a great hire.
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colleague
I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on several occasions while at Sterling. He is smart, responsive, efficient, creative and very capable. I look forward to working with him again in the future!
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Barbara Kohn
business-partner
I worked closely with Michael on many projects during my consultancy with Comergent, and it was a pleasure. He made me feel very much a part of the team. I found him to be very knowledgeable about the enterprise software market and clearly plugged into the industry. I was also impressed with his roll up the shirtsleeves attitude to get things done, whatever the task. My experience working with Comergent - now Sterling - because of Michael and the rest of the team stands out as a highlight for KohnPR.
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David Jevans
colleague
Michael was a very solid product marketing manager at Tumbleweed. He worked with our range of security, authentication and encryption products, and our global customer base. He works well independently, is a great team member, and produces the results.
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Bill Mirabito
business-partner
Michael and I collaborated together during a speaking session at a 2007 user conference. He is very knowledgeable about the needs of the both the e-commerce and enterprise software market. He articulates these needs well, and maps them back to the product solutions his company provides.
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Karyn S. Anderson
colleague
I have known Michael Hylton for 20 years. We worked together at Pacific Bell Directory for 8 years and during that time I relied on his dedication to getting the job done right and came to expect the expert output he produced time and time again for his superiors as well as his peers. Michael was a dedicated employee who always went the extra mile. Working with Michael was fun and rewarding and I wholeheartedly recommend him for his work ethics, his marketing and business acumen and most importantly his team-player attitude.
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Lou Feinberg
colleague
Michael is a real go getter. Through his business experience and passion he was able to build a new line of business for Pacific Bell Directory and received numerous commendations from senior management. I would recommend Michael for any Product Management or Marketing Position.
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Dan Maier
colleague
Michael was the anchor of the marketing team while at Tumbleweed, managing all go-to-market activities for the company's secure email product line, including developing product messaging and collateral, training the sales team, driving highly successful marketing programs, and coordinating key product reviews and industry analyst relations. And while he has strong strategy and planning skills, he's not afraid to roll up his sleeves when necessary to make things happen. He is incredibly dedicated and passionate about the products he manages, and is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Michael.
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Bobbie Copeland
colleague
I have known Michael Hylton for more than a decade and worked closely with him on numerous projects. I can say with all honesty his level of professionalism has always been a strong asset. He is as dedicated to delivering well within a project's desired parameters as he is at finding the right professionals to assist in these goals. Michael's strengths are leadership, team building and his can do attitude.
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colleague
Michael is a solid professional - extremely reliable and capable. He has a deep knowledge of product marketing, a thorough understanding of business and the need to show results. He has a strong work ethic and is very hard-working and would be an invaluable asset to any enterprise organization. And overall a great guy to work with!
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Tom Jacobs
colleague
Michael was an exceptional employee. His experience, and self-starter attitude, contributed to his successful management of a complex, high quality video conferencing systems for Nortel Networks. In this role he performed all Product Maagement and Business Deelopment duties for the ATM-based Video Conferencing portfolio including: Cradle to grave product management duties, driving marketing activities, high level customer meetings, shows, contract negotiations with the suppliers, business strategy development with senior management, development of new product/feature requirements, among many other PLM duties. Michael's desire for the success of his products drives his strong work ethic, and dedication. He was a reliable employee who consistently delivered and was constantly productive. It was a pleasure having Michael on my team!
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R "Ray" Wang
business-partner
I had the pleasure of working with Michael Hylton on several Forrester projects and evaluations. Michael was always on top of it, whether securing buy-in, navigating through complex questions, or just making sure critical deadlines were met. Look forward to working with Michael on future projects!
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Nancy Cech
colleague
Michael was a stellar contributor at PacBell Directory. He was an excellent product manager, focused on the bottom line and the market. Hope to have a chance to work with him again one day.
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Dan O'Brien
business-partner
I worked with Michael to develop the new web site for Comergent prior to the acquisition by Sterling Commerce. Michael and his team were a pleasure to work with and the finished product was one of the best sites we've ever designed thanks to his management skills. If you need someone to direct your marketing efforts, Michael's your guy!
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Ian Schofield
colleague
Michael is an extremely hard working and dedicated person. I was very impressed with his willingness to embrace innovative methods of working and to understand their applicability. He always wants to be part of the complete team that makes things happen, i.e. he is not a person who concentrates only on his own special area (which he knows inside out), but looks at the bigger picture. He is also a very pleasant travel partner (we 'did' the south of Germany and Austria together). I would be very happy to work with Michael again.
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colleague
Michael played a vital role in our success during a time when I was part of a team chartered to build-out a Reseller Channel. This was a major company initiative that required our group to heavily depend on the guidance, assistance and resources of our marketing department. Michael’s ability to multi-task and quickly produce top-notch results were unmatched. Michael was able to prioritize our interrupt-driven requests, appropriately set our expectations and deliver the results. Michael quickly became our ‘goto’ guy and was recognized as a key-player in our success at our National Sales Meeting.
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Ritu Raj
colleague
Product management is difficult anyway, on top of it if you are a service company, it compounds the problem. Michael and his team did a great job, and provided leadership in the service product defination.
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Rowena Bonnette
colleague
Michael is very intelligent and a great person to work with. He has a deep knowledge of product marketing and has the ability to deliver high quality results in a fast paced environment.
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Jim Routh
colleague
Michael was a key player in marketing because he could work all aspects - he took inbound requirements from the market got turned into MRDs for the developments team and then he developed the outbound materials we needed to go close deals. A great asset when you need someone who can do it all.
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Mark Rakhmilevich
colleague
Michael's a great guy to work with, and is tremendously focused on results-oriented marketing. He was a key driver in integrating the marketing message and sales tools for the merged companies, going out of his way to support Marketing lead gen programs and Sales needs. I highly recommend him.
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colleague
I enjoyed working with Michael at Tumbleweed. He was easy-going and greets even the most stressful situations with a smile.
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Rachel Kigano
colleague
Michael was my Director at Avasta. He is an excellent leader, very resourceful, and passionate about his work and his team. Michael maintains focus on the tasks at hand and is results driven. I learnt a lot from Michael.
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Shawna Lisk
colleague
I recommend Michael Hylton very highly and especially admire how responsive he was to our sales team.
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Brinton Baker
colleague
Michael is able to quickly articulate Fort Hill's value proposition and turn it into messaging for our new collateral, sales presentations and website. He also spearheaded development of the relaunch of the our website, created our Partner program, and managed all aspects of Fort Hill Systems' tradeshow activities. I would highly recommend Michael for his product marketing expertise.
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Matt Cardwell
colleague
Extremely dedicated and hard-working -- always willing to do what it took to get the project completed. Outstanding planning and project management skills. Michael was always on top of things.

Some things
I know how
to do...

Some Things I’ve learned:

Dec
1982
dates
Dec
1984
Golden Gate University - MBA
Business Administration (Marketing)
Dec
1978
dates
Dec
1982
San Francisco State University - BS
Marketing
I also learned that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.

SOME PROJECTS I DID:

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Some things I care about

What are your Passions?

Animal Rights
Children's Education
The Environment