Crown, appointment Image by talpeanu from PixabayDeltek and owner Roper Technologies have announced that Bob Hughes will become CEO and President of Deltek from April 10th, 2024. Mike Corkery, Deltek’s current President and CEO, will step down and join Roper Technologies as an operating Group Executive at the parent company, in a role that will see him advise business leaders across the Roper Technologies Group.

Hughes joins from UKG, where he is Chief Customer and Strategy Officer. He held the same role at Kronos before that company merged with Ultimate Software to become UKG.

We are excited to welcome Bob as Deltek’s new President and CEO,” said Neil Hunn, Roper Technologies’ President and CEO. “Bob leads from the front and is relentless in his pursuit of customer value delivery and employee development and engagement. This outstanding leadership and customer experience expertise will be invaluable in guiding Deltek in their continued growth and development.”

Corkery will provide coaching and guidance to several Roper Technologies companies. He will also assist Hughes as he transitions into the CEO role at Deltek.

Corkery stated, “Serving as CEO of Deltek has been the honor of my professional career, and I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments to date. Since I joined Deltek in 2010, we have experienced tremendous growth driven by our incredible customers and outstanding team. I am confident Deltek will continue to excel with Bob at the helm.”

Hunn added, “Focusing 100% of Mike’s time on his operating Group Executive responsibilities is part of our long-term succession planning. These changes ensure a smooth leadership transition for Deltek while enabling continued strong performance across the business.”

Who is Bob Hughes

Bob Hughes, President and CEO of Deltek from April 10th 2024, (image credit - LinkedIn)
Bob Hughes, President and CEO of Deltek from April 10th 2024

At UKG, Hughes developed the company’s strategic growth plan. Including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and global expansion to benefit customers worldwide. The acquisitions included EverythingBenefits, Great Place to Work Institute, Spotcues and Immedis. It will be interesting to see the direction Hughes takes Deltek.

Prior to Kronos, he spent seven years as Vice President of Blackbaud. Followed by a year-long posting working in Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch & Co. Hughes spent five years in the US Navy as a submarine officer, after studying Mechanical engineering at the US Naval Academy. He also has an MBA from Kellogg.

Hughes said, “I am honored and thrilled to join Deltek, a company that is consistently viewed as being one of the best places to work and has a remarkable history of delivering excellence to its customers. Together, with Roper’s partnership, we will build on this strong foundation to serve and grow Deltek Project Nation.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

The appointment of Hughes is interesting. He has a depth of experience in corporate development and strategy that has seen him rapidly rise during his twenty-year career. What is interesting is that most of his appointments have been lengthy, and he has helped build global enterprises. The appointment shows that Roper is reinvesting for the long term.

In his first role as CEO, it will be interesting to see how Hughes adjusts the strategy as it looks to maintain its leadership position among project-based businesses and especially in  the AEC industry.


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