LEIDEN, Netherlands, 28 February 2011. OCLC have announced the appointment of a new Sales Director for the Europe, Middle East and African region. From today Dénelise l'Ecluse will take up the position recently vacated by Eric van Lubeek after he became Managing Director on 1 January 2011. Ms l'Ecluse has an extensive background in the education sector and has worked in several senior sales and business development roles both in publishing and technology.
In her new role she will provide strategic and tactical leadership of the Sales Division which includes regional offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK as well as the EMEA-wide Marketing Communications department. Ms l'Ecluse will also take up a position on the OCLC EMEA Board of Directors.
Prior to joining OCLC, Ms l'Ecluse spent five years at Autodesk, a developer and supplier of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, where she was Northern European Education Manager. In this role, she was responsible for monitoring and developing Autodesk's education strategy across the region. Ms l'Ecluse has also worked in sales positions at Dutch consulting company Achillae, education and enterprise software producer Blackboard International and Harcourt Publishers.
Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA commented: "Dénelise brings with her an extensive knowledge and understanding of the education sector, a sector that is being impacted by many of the same trends and issues that the library community face today. We know and expect that she will be able to bring broader thinking to bear in the decisions we take to better serve our library partners."
"I'm really looking forward to my new position at OCLC EMEA," Ms l'Ecluse added. "With my interest in innovation and education, I think there are many exciting opportunities in the European, Middle Eastern and African library environment to present the advanced developments that OCLC has to offer."
The OCLC EMEA head office in Leiden, Netherlands will be Ms l'Ecluse's base, but she will frequently travel around the EMEA region to be close to OCLC's customers. Her first days at OCLC will see her in attendance at the second OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Frankfurt at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.
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