Maria Burud


Zanon Group

Maria Burud brings over 20 years of experience in the technology and professional services industry, predominantly dedicated to sales and marketing. Maria is currently the President of Zanon Group, a sales and marketing training and consulting firm that helps companies increase revenues through sales execution and marketing programs. In her work with Zanon, since 2003, Maria focuses on bringing new skills and state of the art, creative training and executable programs to her clients. Focused on professional services, technology and SAAS, Maria creates these custom, systematized programs designed to help companies grow revenues, create more strategic relationships, and develop their people into high quality execution oriented, differentiated teams.

Prior to Zanon, Maria ran Worldwide Sales at Placeware, Inc. a privately held Silicon Valley start up, doubling revenues to $50 million in the year prior to an acquisition by Microsoft in 2003. While there, she developed & cultivated a successful multi-layered sales model of inside and field sales organizations that focused on commercial accounts and also managed strategic partnerships’ and worldwide business development sales activities.

Maria also held several positions at Infinium Software, formerly a $122 million publicly traded NASDAQ company (INFM), acquired by Chicago based SSA Global in December 2003. These positions included Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations for the corporation and General Manager of Infinium’s ASP Business Unit. During her tenure at Infinium, Maria participated in managing the company’s significant revenue and growth in multiple segments of the business while both private and public on a regional, national, and global basis over a twelve-year period.

Prior to Infinium, Maria held various sales and implementation positions at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) over a four-year period. Burud earned a bachelors degree in Marketing from Loyola University of Chicago.

Burud sits on multiple advisory boards and is active as an advisor and mentor in several academic and not for profit organizations, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurial Center (now 1871), Future Founders, and the Woman’s Business Development Center of Chicago.