SciQuest is stepping up its efforts to offer professional services, hiring a new executive to lead that effort.

Ralph Mazza joins SciQuest as vice president for global professional services. His most recent position was with Keane, a global services firm focused on business and information technology transformation. He worked at Keane for 15 years.

SciQuest provides procurement services for academic, life science and research organizations. Its services group works with clients to help them transition to SciQuest e-procurement offerings.

"Our global professional services are the core of the service-oriented approach we follow to ensure that our customers achieve a rapid return on investment and are positioned to realize the full potential of strategic procurement through our solutions,” said SciQuest Chief Executive Officer Stephen Wiehe. “Ralph’s experience leading global consulting organizations will further strengthen SciQuest’s market-differentiating commitment to its rapidly-growing customer base."