Co-founder Sebastian Hammer has appointed Lynn Bailey as Index Data's new CEO to keep the company nimble and well-governed through what is expected to be a period of substantial growth. Hammer assumed the role of President and will devote more time to software development and technology strategy.
"Libraries are demanding significant improvements in information retrieval services, and I want to focus my efforts on ensuring that Index Data meets those expectations," explained Hammer. "I sense the library community as a whole is beginning to recognize that the combination of commercial open source software, open standards and modular architecture offers an attractive alternative to proprietary, closed and monolithic solutions. The company needs a CEO with Lynn's abilities to focus on our business strategy and manage our growth wisely. I am delighted she's on board."
Hammer was the original developer of YAZ, the company's first major software application and now the world's leading toolkit for building Z39.50/SRU client and server applications.
Recently Hammer developed Pazpar2, the core metasearch engine behind Index Data's MasterKey service. He is currently focusing his efforts on integrating metadata harvesting, local indexing, metasearching and other information retrieval technologies to develop a unified and simple discovery process based on open source software.
Bailey comes to Index Data after a successful 15 year career at AT&T where she focused on Emerging Technologies, Internet Solutions and Data Networking. While at AT&T, she held a variety of positions in Management, Marketing and Technical Sales. She was highly regarded for her work with key clients in transforming the nature of AT&T's business relationships from ‘supplier' to ‘strategic business partner,' resulting in mutually beneficial long-term alliances. Bailey holds a B.S. in Management Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and lives in the Boston area.
Asked why she accepted the offer to lead a small open source software company in the library market, Bailey responded, "Heading up Index Data is an appealing challenge. The company has superb technical and personnel assets but is under recognized in its market. Its ability to develop and support high quality open source software far exceeds its current market penetration. I have a strong desire to use my experience to help the company grow and position it for success. This includes not only continuing to improve our core technologies but also developing partnerships and expanding our market reach. My goal is to keep Index Data's solutions at the leading edge of the information landscape. Keep your eyes on Index Data."
Come and meet Lynn at the joint Index Data/ CARE Affiliates booth (#230) at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.