Andy Youniss is a founder of Rocket Software, the former president and CEO, and currently serves as the company's executive chairman. Youniss has been the guiding force behind Rocket’s innovation, acquisitions, partnerships, strategy, culture, and values since the company launched in 1990. Today, Rocket serves a diverse customer community all around the globe and continues to differentiate itself by living its core values of empathy, humanity, trust, and love.
Youniss has been recognized as New England Technology Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) by EY and is one of the world’s foremost experts on making an impact through innovation in, and modernization of, mission-critical legacy technology. He has been a guest lecturer at Tufts University, Babson College, and Berklee, and has inspired many through his TEDx talk about the meaningful intersection of music and technology throughout his life.
Youniss is a pianist and guitarist who has performed on stage in Boston and Las Vegas, solo and with the Rocket Band, and has opened for Aerosmith, Elton John, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Elvis Costello, and others.
While Rocket’s footprint spans much of the globe, Youniss also allocates time to make a difference at home, in the Boston area. He is a trustee at Boston Medical Center, a board member of Lovin’ Spoonfuls and the Record Co., an advisor to Beats by Girlz, and was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council prior to joining Berklee's Board of Trustees, and served on the advisory committee for Berklee's division of Pre-College, Online, and Professional Programs (POPP).
Youniss earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Catholic University of America. He and his wife, Mariann, are longtime supporters of Berklee and live in Beacon Hill.