Adelaide, Australia. November 27, 2006--The Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that Mr. Petros Demetriou has been appointed as managing director of Ex Libris (Australia) Pty Ltd, effective immediately. Mr. Demetriou brings to Ex Libris over 20 years of experience in technology companies, 16 years of which he spent in the library technology sector, working with libraries on four continents; for the last six years, he has served the library community in Australasia. Mr. Demetriou will provide strategic and tactical leadership for all Australasian operations and will be based in the Ex Libris office in Adelaide, South Australia.
Prior to joining Ex Libris, Mr. Demetriou held a number of senior management positions in which he successfully delivered growth and significant operational improvements. Most recently, Mr. Demetriou served as vice president of Asia-Pacific for Dynix Inc. and before then, as director of sales for Asia-Pacific for Innovative Interfaces Inc.
Oded Scharfstein, Ex Libris vice president of Asia-Pacific, commented: "Petros has global experience and a proven ability in growing library technology businesses in Australasia. With his sensitivity to the library culture, he will be able to further strengthen our relationship with our customers and expand our user base there. Following the recently announced merging of Endeavor into Ex Libris and the expected increase in the size of our organization, Petros' experience in managing large numbers of libraries and ensuring a high level of attentiveness to all customers will be invaluable."
Mr. Demetriou added: "I am naturally delighted and look forward immensely to working with staff and customers in the enlarged Ex Libris group. I have admired the clear leadership of Ex Libris in the delivery of technology that allows libraries to maintain high standards of service to their customers. Timeliness is paramount for libraries today as they address the challenge of an ever changing operating environment and increasingly sophisticated end-user needs. Ex Libris has delivered the products to assist its customers in successfully meeting these challenges and has a strong track record of anticipating future library needs. I look forward to reestablishing previous relationships as well as establishing new ones as we continue to help libraries achieve their objectives through our product and service offerings."
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations in 64 countries. ALEPH 500, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1700 sites worldwide. The MetaLib gateway and metasearch system for library collections and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by over 1000 institutions in 40 countries. The DigiTool solution for the construction of digital collections and the Verde electronic resource management (ERM) system have been warmly adopted by customers worldwide. Primo, the newest addition to the Ex Libris product suite, is the company's next-generation, user-centric discovery and delivery solution.