[announce-en] Open-Xchange Newsflash Week 14

Christian Egle ce at open-xchange.com
Mon Apr 2 11:24:53 CEST 2007

Dear friends of Open-Xchange,

Open-Xchange Inc., the leading provider of open source collaboration software, 
today named Gerald Labie as the company' s new CEO.  The company also 
announced the appointment of Jürgen Geck to the position of CTO.  The moves 
provide Open-Xchange with a seasoned management team to lead the company 
through a period of rapid growth. Former CEO Frank Hoberg, who co-founded the 
company and grew it successfully in two years at the helm, will work with 
Labie and Geck as General Manager EMEA.

"The growth we are seeing indicates that Open-Xchange is quickly becoming the
open source alternative to expensive and inflexible proprietary systems,"
said Rafael Laguna, Chairman Open-Xchange.  

Labie brings more than 20 years of diversified executive management experience 
in the information technology industry to Open-Xchange. He most recently 
served as President and CEO of CXO Systems, a provider of operational 
intelligence software. Previously, Labie was President and COO of Novadigm a 
publicly traded software configuration management vendor. Labie will be based 
in the U.S., a first for the company, strengthening its focus on the 
fast-growing U.S. market.

As CTO, Geck will be responsible for continued development and communication
of the company's technology strategies. Geck most recently spent 10 years with 
SUSE Linux as Vice President Technology Partners and later CTO. Geck was 
instrumental in designing SUSE's flagship product, SUSE Linux Enterprise 
Server. Geck is also one of the founders of Eclipse.org.

"Open-Xchange's vision is to bring new levels of productivity to the
underserved SMB market through product leadership, SaaS with hosters and
continuing to work with our channel partners and the community," said Labie.

Open-Xchange recently announced a partnership with 1&1 Internet, Inc., to
offer Open-Xchange' s collaboration software as a service. The deal
represents the largest open source customer win in the industry. To-date,
more than 2,000 companies in 65 countries have deployed Open-Xchange Server.
The company has also recruited more than 500 value-added resellers in 60

Best Regards,

Open-Xchange Team

Open-Xchange GmbH, Maxfeldstr. 9, D-90409 Nürnberg
AG Nürnberg, HRB 22121
Directors: Frank Hoberg, Martin Kauss

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