Strategic Moves Expand Senior Management and Structure for Growth
New York, NY, 11-01-2011 — OpenGeo, the open source technology leader behind the OpenGeo Suite, has announced changes to senior management in anticipation of significant growth. Drawing from its pool of talented employees, OpenGeo has named geospatial veteran Eddie Pickle as Chief Operating Officer, Tim Schaub as Chief Technology Officer, Ken Bossung as Senior Vice President, and Alyssa Wright as the Vice President of Product & Project Management. These appointments represent OpenGeo’s continued investment and confidence in its product, mission, and employees.
When making the announcement OpenGeo President Chris Holmes noted, "These changes formalize the structure that OpenGeo has been working towards to manage our rapid growth effectively. By organizing around these team leaders we aim to more effectively serve our clients and the open source projects we support. I’m especially proud that these positions were filled from within by our respected group of OpenGeo veterans." For more information on each of the appointments, please see below.
Tim Schaub has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Schaub began his tenure at OpenGeo in 2007 as a software developer. As CTO, he will oversee a team of influential software developers and guide the technical direction of OpenGeo. Schaub has a long history developing geospatial software and is an active member of the open source geospatial community; he is a Project Steering Committee Chair for the OpenLayers project and the Founder and Project Steering Committee member of the GeoExt project.
Ken Bossung joined OpenGeo in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Sales. OpenGeo has announced that his role has expanded to oversee all business operations including sales, marketing and the growing OpenGeo partner network. In his role as SVP of sales, Bossung was critical to OpenGeo’s rapid growth and the rise of OpenGeo Suite deployments across the globe. Bossung is a former founder and partner of IONIC Enterprise, where he defined and led strategic sales and business development activities for the OGC web services pioneer. After IONIC's acquisition by software leader ERDAS Inc. in 2007, Bossung led commercial sales in Canada, the US, and Latin America, and oversaw both the ERDAS partner network and its direct sales force.
Alyssa Wright has been with OpenGeo since 2009 when she was first hired as Outreach Engineer. In her new role as Vice President of Product & Project Management, Wright will manage Product Management for the OpenGeo Suite, GeoNode, the Global Support Team, and Project Management. She has played a primary role in running the OpenGeo product team and setting up the global support staff for OpenGeo clients.
Eddie Pickle has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Pickle was hired by OpenGeo in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Business Development. While in that role he guided OpenGeo’s internal expansion fueled by record growth in the number of new clients, partnerships and business initiatives. He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer of IONIC Enterprise, an industry leader in developing OGC standards-based software and introducing it to US markets. Previous to his time at IONIC, he served as Executive Vice President of Sales & Client Service at Claritas, now part of AC Nielsen, where he directed geospatial applications for enterprises worldwide. As COO, Pickle will support the OpenGeo divisions and managers, as well as enhance the organization’s existing structures for continued expansion.
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.
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