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Updated: October 14, 2021

Growing, acquisition-driven Portland IT firm names first female CEO

Courtesy / Logically Logically, a Portland-based IT provider, named Michelle Accardi as its first female CEO, succeeding Mike Cowles. 

Logically, a Portland-based IT provider formerly known as Winxnet, on Thursday named Michelle Accardi as its first female CEO, succeeding Mike Cowles. 

Accardi, who currently serves on Logically's board, started her new role on Monday.

She was previously president and chief revenue officer at Star2Star, a Sarasota, Fla.-based cloud communications and software company recently acquired by Sangoma Technologies Corp. (TXSV: STC), of Ontario, Canada. 

Accardi, who started at Star2Star in 2013, holds an MBA from American Intercontinental University and earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Florida. 

Logically, which provides managed IT and cybersecurity to small and medium-sized businesses, employs 400 people in total, including 45 in Portland. In late March, the company announced its fourth acquisition in as many months and its sixth overall, promising more to come.

Accardi plans to continue that strategy, telling Mainebiz, "We are always looking for other service providers who can round out our service delivery capabilities and offering solutions to growing industries like health care, financial services, retail, government and nonprofit."

Asked about geographic areas of interest, she said, "We have strong footprints across the country, but we have an especially strong affinity for the Northeast."

In Thursday's announcement, Cowles said he is excited to see what the next chapter looks like for Logically under Accardi's leadership.

"Michelle is an experienced business executive with over 25 years' experience, and I have no doubt she will put those impressive skills to work alongside the team to deliver exemplary service to our customers and growth to logically," he added.

Similarly, Accardi said she plans to build on how Cowles expanded the company through acquisitions.

"His focus on M&A helped to drive the company's scale in a rapid manner," she told Mainebiz. "I am very people- and service-minded, and I expect to build on Mike's legacy by integrating the great teams we have acquired and enabling our further growth both organically and through additional M&A."

Hiring plans

Accardi is taking the helm as Logically seeks to fill 28 job openings company-wide, including three in Portland.

"As a growth company, we are always hiring top technical and sales talent," she said. "The most critical skills we look at are high empathy for customers, as we are a service business." 

Concerning hiring plans for 2022, she added, "We expect to continue growing to service our growing customer base. We will be hiring in most of our technical, inside and outside dales, marketing and operations roles."

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