Chicago, Illinois, January 4, 1999
Ex Libris (USA) announced today that the company has undertaken a major expansion in North America. This expansion includes:
- An expanded North American Office
- New Vice President of Sales/Marketing
- New Vice President of Operations, (transferred from Israeli headquarters)
- New Vice President of Research/Development
- And expanded operations staffing.
Grant also announced that Russell McDonald has joined the company as Vice President of Sales/Marketing. McDonald who is also an industry veteran, was most recently Director of Sales at Ameritech Library Services. Prior to that, he was the Director of Strategic Accounts at Innovative Interfaces. "We have an incredible opportunity to introduce prospective customers throughout North America, to a new, powerful and flexible product upon which they can build tomorrow's library," said McDonald. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to introduce people to this product and company."
In another step, the company has moved Oren Beit-Arie, from the company Headquarters in Israel, to the Chicago office to assume duties as the Vice President of Operations. Beit-Arie has worked for Ex Libris Ltd. for 10 years and is thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of ALEPH. "With Oren's expertise, we will be able to assure customers of prompt, knowledgeable implementation, service and support operations," said Grant. "He is uniquely qualified to fill this role."
The company also announced that John Kolman has assumed the new role of Vice President of Research and Development. Kolman is widely known and respected for his many years as a Vice President at NOTIS. "John brings his considerable expertise about academic libraries to bear on the ALEPH product by ensuring that the development continues to position our customers to lead the field," said Grant.
The company also announced the addition of staff to the sales, development and operations deparments. James Steenbergen joined the company as Sales Librarian. Luis Lacayo joined the Research and Development department and Jerry Spect joined the Operations department. All have extensive expertise in the industry. "These are valuable additions to our staffing," said Grant. "They bring years of experience and knowledge to the company. We will continue adding staff of this caliber to ensure both current and prospective customers that they are buying a top-quality product backed by top-quality implementation and support."
The system marketed by Ex Libris, called ALEPH, is now is in over 450 installations with more than 16,000 concurrent users in 39 countries. Ex Libris World Headquarters are in Israel with offices in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. The company also maintains offices in Brazil, Argentina, Luxembourg, UK and Germany, and has exclusive distributors in Scandinavia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal and South Africa.