LivePerson Announces Appointment of Eran Vanounou as Chief Technology Officer
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a leading provider of digital engagement solutions, today announced that Eran Vanounou will join the Company early next year as its Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Vanounou will lead the Company's technology operations in Ra'anana, Israel, and will be responsible for driving global technology strategy, research and development, product delivery, and technology operations as LivePerson embarks upon its next phase of growth and leadership in intelligent digital engagement.
"Eran brings deep technology expertise and more than 15 years of experience driving product innovation, development and delivery for some of the world's leading technology organizations," said Robert LoCascio, Founder and CEO of LivePerson. "His expertise in delivering Enterprise-class solutions at global scale and his experience with big data and mobile platforms will be a great asset to us as we focus on innovation and delivery of our intelligent digital engagement platform to a growing global base of customers. I look forward to welcoming Eran to the LivePerson management team, and to having him at the helm of our technology and R&D operations."
Mr. Vanounou has served in various technology leadership roles at leading global companies, serving as General Manager of Product and Technology at NICE Systems, and Senior Director of Mobile and Embedded technologies at both Sun Microsystems and Oracle, driving product innovation, as well as development and delivery to Enterprise customers worldwide throughout his career. At Sun Microsystems, Vanounou successfully developed and launched the mobile line of business worldwide, and went onto become the General Manager of the Sun/Oracle R&D center in Israel for 4 years. At Oracle, Mr. Vanounou successfully led globally distributed teams to deliver and support multiple product lines at scale.
Mr. Vanounou will assume leadership of LivePerson's Israel operations as Eli Campo, the Company's current EVP & General Manager, Technology Operations, Israel, departs in early 2014 to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Campo will remain in his role until Mr. Vanounou's arrival to ensure a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities.
"During his long tenure with LivePerson, Mr. Campo has been instrumental in building out a world-class technology organization which has been fundamental to LivePerson's evolution and growth to date," said Robert LoCascio. "We are extremely grateful to have had Mr. Campo as a part of the LivePerson family, and wish him all the best in his next endeavors."
LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This "intelligent engagement" is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs.
More than 8,500 companies rely on LivePerson's platform to increase conversions and improve customer experience, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Sky, Walt Disney, PNC, QVC and Orbitz.
LivePerson received the CODiE award for Best Content Management Solution in 2012, and has been named a Market Share Leader by Frost and Sullivan in 2012. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Santa Monica, Tel Aviv, London and Melbourne.
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