Open-Xchange Names New CEO and CTO

Open source collaboration provider taps industry veterans as demand grows

for SaaS and more flexible alternatives to proprietary groupware

Apr 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Open-Xchange Inc.

    TARRYTOWN, NY, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Jurgen
 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 of the company's European operations, where he will oversee
 sales and marketing in the company's core market.
     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.
     "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. "The
 addition of these executives adds the experience Open-Xchange needs to
 rapidly scale the company to capitalize on the growth potential in the SMB
 market accelerated by SaaS."
     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 countries.
     "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
     As CTO, Geck will be responsible for continued development and
 communication of the company's technology strategies. He brings a
 distinguished background in open source and technology management to
     "Our smart collaboration architecture based on open standards enables
 us to not only offer it as a service, but to integrate other offerings into
 a dynamic collaboration platform aimed at improving the information user
 experience," said Geck. "We are now able to deliver to the market a more
 flexible, open and affordable alternative to expensive proprietary
     Geck most recently spent 10 years with SUSE Linux as Vice President
 Technology Partners and later CTO. During his tenure with SUSE Linux, he
 built strong alliances with AMD, Fujitsu-Siemens-Computers,
 Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Oracle and SAP and introduced SUSE's
 Technology Partner Program to provide a scalable offering for all SUSE
 partners. Geck was instrumental in designing SUSE's flagship product, SUSE
 Linux Enterprise Server. Geck is also one of the founders of
     About Open-Xchange Inc.
     Open-Xchange Inc. is the innovator of scalable and integrated open
 source email and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic
 institutions, and government authorities. Open-Xchange enables web-hosting
 companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered
 using Software as a Service (SaaS). Internet service providers (ISPs) and
 hosting providers, led by 1&1 Internet, deliver advanced email and
 groupware features through Open- Xchange to millions of users. Open-Xchange
 Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tarrytown, NY, with
 research, development, and operations in Olpe and Nuremberg, Germany. For
 more information, please visit
     Mike Maney
     Page One Public Relations for Open-Xchange

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