Ken Ouimet is a founder and CEO of Diversified Returns, a software company whose mission is to revolutionize retail investing, enabling independent investors to manage their investment portfolios — themselves. Ouimet also serves on the board of GFS, a SaaS company that helps companies optimize routes and manage their field service personnel.
Prior to founding Diversified Returns, Ouimet was Chief Scientist / Vice President at SAP AG from Jan 2006 through August 2007. As Chief Scientist, he headed SAP’s Demand Management Innovation Group. Under Ouimet's leadership, the group filed numerous patents, partnered with Microsoft, and received SAP’s MVP award for Innovation.
Ouimet is credited with launching the retail revenue management industry in 1995 and is a founder of Khimetrics. Acquired by SAP in Jan 2006, Khimetrics was a leading provider of Demand Management software to the retail, financial services and CPG industries. Khimetrics went through explosive growth and was listed two years in a row as one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. magazine. Fortune magazine listed Khimetrics as one of their 25 breakout companies that are changing the way business is done. Ouimet served as Khimetrics Chief Technology Officer and on the company’s Board of Directors from founding through acquisition.
Ouimet has been awarded numerous patents relating to promotions, pricing, demand management, and optimization. Prior to Khimetrics, he served as the Director of Research and Development for Comparative Prices International, where he developed retail-pricing methods used by national retailers and wholesalers.
Ouimet holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis, and did his Ph.D. work in chemical engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was on a NSF Fellowship.