DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, USA - Oct. 15, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Gregor van Essen has been named Director of International Sales. Headquartered in London, Van Essen will manage Endeavor's European Regional Office and Australia Regional Office. He will coordinate work with libraries in Europe, Australia/New Zealand, South America, Africa and Asia for the Voyager integrated library management system and ENCompass digital system for managing, searching and linking collections.
Previously the Asia Pacific Regional Sales Manager for Elsevier Science, Van Essen brings years of experience in working with academic and research libraries. Most recently, Van Essen managed a team of sales staff based in Singapore, Sydney and Delhi covering territories from India and Pakistan to Malaysia, Indonesia to Australia and New Zealand.
In this position he played a key role in the successful introduction of Elsevier Science's digital library solutions in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this Van Essen was based at Elsevier Science's offices in Amsterdam and New York where he was involved in several projects, most notably the introduction of ScienceDirect in 1997.
"I'm very excited about joining Endeavor," Van Essen stated. "It's a strong company that has achieved a leadership position by forging strong customer relationships. That puts Endeavor in an excellent position to operate successfully in an international arena. While acting as a global company, attention for the specific needs of local markets is key to international growth."
"Expanding with regional offices enables Endeavor to tailor its sales and customer service approach according to customer needs," he continued. "With the first anniversary of the London Regional Office approaching and the opening of the Australian Regional Office just announced, Endeavor is firmly on track to make this happen. I'm looking forward to contributing to this ongoing process."
"In my previous position I've really enjoyed the direct contact with libraries and look forward to continuing this with Endeavor," he said. "I'm particularly pleased being able to continue working with customers in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Our regional office in Australia will ensure that we give them the best possible support."
"Gregor van Essen is an excellent professional to lead our international sales efforts with an uplifting outlook on the position of libraries and a feel for the challenges they face as they begin to define what the future means for the library world," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "By discovering new opportunities for the Voyager system and ENCompass, as well as our open linking technologies like LinkFinder and LinkFinderPlus, our international sales team is actually helping libraries to promote providing access to information, regardless of location or format, Endeavor's goal since 1994. In this case, our international locations cover many continents, but have the same universal themeŚlibraries need increased access to information."
About Endeavor's Library Systems
Endeavor designs library management systems for the changing needs of academic and research libraries of every size. Endeavor's Voyager seamlessly integrates what's needed in next-generation systems: client/server architecture, open systems, UNIX platforms, RDMS graphical staff and patron interfaces and Z39.50 connections, providing full access to the networked world. ENCompass applies new standards like EAD and Dublin Core to describe, index and search a variety of electronic resources and XML to deliver flexible display options in organizing, searching and linking digital collections through a single interface.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 850 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager library system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information on Voyager, ENCompass, LinkFinderPlus or Endeavor's complete suite of products for today's changing libraries.