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 Eclipse.org.
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 www.open-xchange.com.
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