eZ Systems names former Reddot, Arbortext andBEA Executive Todd McElroy as Managing Director North America

(PresseBox) (Chicago/IL, ) eZ Systems AS today announced that Todd McElroy has joined the company as Managing Director North America, responsible for all operations from eZ Systems North American Headquarters in Chicago. McElroy joins eZ from Reddot (OpenText) , where he was Director of Channels and Alliances. Executive Channel Professional, McElroy has nearly a decade of experience in successfully growing software organizations through a solid partner channel.

"There's already a steady movement by the market to use opensource and eZ is the market leader. It is exciting to be able to change the game, so that you can provide enterprise customers the ability to produce a full featured website in a matter or hours instead of the traditional days or weeks. Knowing this market very well, I am convinced that eZ has a fantastic potential in the US and my first weeks at eZ confirm that impression" says McElroy.

eZ Systems announced in 2008 the establishment of a new office in Chicago where eZ Publish-founder and CTO of eZ, Bård Farstad has started US operations.

Aleksander Farstad, CEO of eZ, comments : "We have now an incredible combination of skills sets in Chicago : the creator of eZ Publish and Todd McElroy's experience in the Enterprise Content Management market. It will allow us to build a strong partner network and assist partners even better in delivering the most innovative solutions based on eZ Publish". Concerning the difficult financial times, he adds : "we have never received such enthusiastic interest in the first 90 days of a new market segment like we have in the North America. Our Enterprise Open Source business model seems to attract enterprises willing to reduce costs without compromising on the presence of a strong software vendor".

eZ Publish has been downloaded over 2,5 million times. eZ Publish is a leading Open Source Web content management system specialized in the Digital Media Publishing industry and used to realize large media portals. eZ Publish is also available in a Premium version (eZ Publish Premium) including support , maintenance and guarantees.

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