NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN), a leading provider of real-time intelligent engagement solutions that optimize online conversions, customer service and support, today announced that David Vaskevitch has joined its Board of Directors.
Mr. Vaskevitch's career as visionary software architect, business innovator and author spans more than 35 years. He joined Microsoft Corp. in 1986, and held various senior executive positions during his 23-year tenure, most recently serving as Chief Technical Officer from August 2001 to August 2009. Previously at Microsoft, Mr. Vaskevitch served as Senior Vice President of the Business Applications Division, Senior Vice President of Developer, Vice President of Distributed Applications Platform and General Manager of Enterprise Computing as well as holding several other senior strategic roles. He championed the company's successful acquisition of Great Plains in 2000, and founded the Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) division to assist enterprises in transitioning to client/server computing. Mr. Vaskevitch is currently a member of the senior management team of GETCO, LLC, a global market maker and electronic platform for securities trading.
"David is a recognized leader in the world of technology and business innovation, as demonstrated by the work that he pioneered at Microsoft and throughout his career," said Robert LoCascio, Founder and CEO of LivePerson, Inc. "His vast experience will be of tremendous value to our company as we seek to expand platform for intelligent engagement to deliver new value to our customers."
"I am very pleased to join LivePerson's Board of Directors," said Vaskevitch. "It's a very exciting time for the company—LivePerson has demonstrated strong leadership in the world of intelligent engagement, and is now focusing on delivering innovative new products that leverage its leading real-time intelligence platform."
Mr. Vaskevitch began his career as an entrepreneur and software architect. Among his first ventures was PlanDesign, a strategic planning consultancy that advised large corporations on business process re-engineering. A subsequent venture, Standard Software, was one of the earliest venture-capital-funded software companies in North America.
Mr. Vaskevitch is the Author of Client/Server Strategies: A Survival Guide for Corporate Re-engineers, published in 1993 by IDG Books Worldwide.
Mr. Vaskevitch holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Math, Computer Science and Philosophy, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
In addition, the company announced that Steven Berns has stepped down from LivePerson's Board of Directors after 9 years of dedicated service, effective as of April 12, 2011. "We are extremely grateful for Steven's long tenure of service and many contributions to the company," said Mr. LoCascio. Mr. Berns indicated that he is very proud of the company's achievements to date, and is leaving for personal reasons in the interest of dedicating more time to his other professional and personal commitments .
LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) is a leading provider of real-time intelligent engagement solutions that optimize online conversions, customer service and support for companies of all sizes. Our web-based solutions use a scalable application and system architecture, allowing for quick deployment. LivePerson offers a secure and reliable platform for delivery of relevant, compelling and personalized online experiences. More than 8,500 companies including Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Overstock and Orbitz rely on LivePerson to maximize the impact of the online channel. LivePerson has been named one of America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies in 2010 by Forbes, and Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City with offices in Tel Aviv, Atlanta, London and San Francisco. For more information please visit http://www.liveperson.com.
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