PROVO, Utah – April 2, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading supplier of information management systems for libraries, announced today that Julian Critchfield, chief technology officer at Dynix since 2000, will assume the role of chief operating officer, effective immediately.
In his new role, Critchfield will be fully responsible for the entire operations of Dynix globally. This includes complete responsibility for Implementation Services, Education Services, and Customer Support in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific.
An expert in software engineering and architecture, Critchfield has 15 years of experience in the software industry. Prior to his arrival at Dynix, he served as chief technology officer and vice president of development at Hot Data, Inc. and NewTek, Inc. Previously, he held software development positions at Microsoft and Reed Elsevier/Folio. He began his career as a development manager at WordPerfect, assisting in the release of WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows, one of the most successful products in WordPerfect history.
“Given Julian's extensive knowledge of our products, his engineering background, and his solid relationship with Dynix customers, I feel he is particularly well-suited to lead our operations team,” said President and CEO Jack Blount. “Julian is well-respected in the information management industry and in the library community. His proven talent and honed understanding of software engineering will help us realign our operations processes with software best practices, ensuring that Dynix customers will enjoy a new level of efficiency and excellence in the service we offer them.”
“I am very pleased with this opportunity, and I am excited to accept a new set of responsibilities,” Critchfield said. “Over the course of the past nine months, we have made incredible progress as a company, and I am eager to now work more closely with the most important part of our business: our customers.”
Blount said the search for a new chief technology officer is already underway. “We are looking at some excellent candidates to fill Julian's vacancy and are very confident we will appoint a new CTO who will be able to pick up where Julian left off, helping us execute on a variety of core development plans for the future,” he said.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.