Avangate Management Team Strengthens North American Growth with Key Executive Hires

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Aug 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Avangate, a leading global eCommerce service provider for software companies looking to grow their revenue via any channel and any model, today announced the addition of Joseph G.
Brown as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and Michael Ni as Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products.
These key hires to the Avangate management team mark the company's continued growth, particularly in the US, and come on the heels of the appointment of Will Lansing and Thomas Kendra as Directors on Avangate's Board.
"The additions of both Joe Brown and Mike Ni to the Avangate Management team are critical to the development of the company," said Carl Theobald, President and CEO, Avangate. "As we continue to grow our business, Joe and Mike will be instrumental in helping us build upon our expansion in North America as well as worldwide. Their experience will enhance our mid-market presence and partnerships, and extend our eCommerce product leadership with channel and cloud solutions for Software and SaaS companies." Joseph Brown has over 30 years of general management experience with technology companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies, and has led sales and marketing organizations around the world - in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. Prior to joining Avangate, Brown served as the General Manager of RightNow's EMEA operation, where he directed their success in a number of vertical markets including telecommunication, travel & entertainment, consumer product goods and retail markets. He has also held executive positions at leading technology vendors including serving as President of Seance Software, President and CEO of Edify Corporation and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Auspex Systems, Inc. At Avangate, Brown will be responsible for sales strategy development and for leading the global sales team to drive revenue growth.
Michael Ni brings over 20 years of experience as a marketing and product executive taking successful innovation-driven businesses to market, including a broad range of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500, as well as across software, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods and digital media industries. Prior to joining Avangate, Ni served as Vice President of Products at Amdocs, where he drove the definition and development of customer management, retail and commerce applications. Prior to that, Ni was Vice President at Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for the "Fusion" next-generation applications platforms. He has also held executive positions at leading CRM/ERP vendors, technology startups and in strategy consulting. In this role at Avangate, Ni will be responsible for marketing and product strategy, market development, affiliate and partner networks, and go-to-market activities.
As today's marketplaces continue to evolve at a rapid pace, Avangate provides Software and Software-as-a-Service companies with a trusted global partner, helping them grow their business and create greater success by reaching new customers, establishing presence in new markets and adopting new business models.
About Avangate Avangate is an advanced eCommerce provider that enables software and Software-as-a-Service companies to sell their products via any channel and any model with a view to optimizing both online and offline revenue. Specifically designed for the software vertical, Avangate's scalable solution includes a full-featured secure eCommerce platform, a partner management system as well as a worldwide affiliate network. Avangate's expertise in the software business helps vendors increase product visibility on the Internet, maximize access to additional selling channels and improve overall software revenue.
More information can be found on avangate.com SOURCE: Avangate CONTACT: 104 West Partners Johanna Erickson, +1 720-407-6077 104west@avangate.com Copyright Business Wire 2011 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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