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4 July, 2006 - 12:43 By Staff Reporter

OpenCloud plans to reign from new Cambridge HQ

A New Zealand IT company has pledged to grow Cambridge numbers after deciding to locate its global headquarters at the Science Park.A New Zealand IT company has pledged to grow Cambridge numbers after deciding to locate its global headquarters at the Science Park.

OpenCloud, which supplies next generation application servers to the telecoms industry, is using Cambridge as the springboard for expansion into Europe, having recruited two local technology executives.

While it has moved its headquarters from Wellington to Cambridge, OpenCloud is retaining the New Zealand base as its Research & Development hub. It will also use the home base to support global operations, notably its work in Asia.

Simon Joles, OpenCloud VP of Sales EMEA said the initial workforce of five at Cambridge would be expanded. “Cambridge is the company’s new headquarters and product management and such will be based here. We will eventually build up numbers here and bring in additional people.

“Both the CEO, Stephen Newton, and I have experience of working in Cambridge for Geneva. Cambridge has a network of highly qualified people who tend to want to live and work here.”

The appointments of Newton and Joles add extensive industry experience to OpenCloud’s management team as the company advances its global position.

The previous CEO Peter Barralet will become chief operations officer based in Wellington, New Zealand.

OpenCloud is in growth mode after secuding significant venture capital funding from No 8 Ventures in May to support further development of sales & marketing teams in Europe, the US and Japan.

Murray McNae, chairman of OpenCloud said: “Telecoms is on the verge of enormous change as new applications delivered by IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) proliferate and open the market up to developers looking to exploit them.

“Our leading edge technology complements and accelerates the emergence of these event-driven applications. Moving our headquarters to Europe shows our commitment to making OpenCloud a global player and will enable us to build a support infrastructure to continue to deliver optimum service to our customers.”

As CEO, Stephen Newton is responsible for executing the company strategy of being the market leader in delivering open standard application servers. He brings 20 years of international sales, marketing and general management experience in the IT and telecommunications industries.

Previous roles include president of EMEA at Convergys Corporation and COO of Geneva Technology, the UK-based billing software company acquired by Convergys in 2001. He is also an advisory director of the Telemanagement Forum.

Joles has been tasked with winning new business in the region with OpenCloud’s strategic partners. Recent roles included vice-president of sales at Vidus and VP of sales EMEA at Convergys. He successfully expanded both companies geographically and also helped their business diversify into new markets.

Newton said: “OpenCloud is at the forefront of open standards. We provide the platform for network services that will drive lean operation and innovation for networks today and in the future.

“OpenCloud has great engineers and technology coupled with a compelling proposition, and I am very excited about building the company into a global brand."”

OpenCloud has successfully delivered open standard solutions at Vodafone and carriers in Japan. The company also works with leading network equipment providers, systems integrators and ISVs to create open platforms and applications for the telecoms industry.

OpenCloud, formed in 2000, now has representatives in Cambridge UK, Wellington, Madrid, Tokyo and San Francisco.

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