SOURCE: Ektron, Inc.

Web Content Management

January 19, 2010 15:05 ET

Ektron Expands Web Content Management Business in U.K.

NASHUA, NH--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Ektron Inc., a market leader in enterprise Web content management and social software, today announced the expansion of its sales team in the United Kingdom.

Ektron has appointed Benjamin Schilens director of European sales operations. With Ektron since 2008, Schliens' previous positions included regional director of sales at Ektron and tenure with Refresh Software as director of sales.

Averlie Ingram, previously an account manager in Ektron's U.S. sales division, is transferring over to the U.K. sales group. Joining the Ektron U.K. sales team are two seasoned CMS sales professionals: Graham Scholtka and Stephen Williams. With nearly a decade's experience in Web content management solutions, Williams worked in RedDot (Open Text) sales before joining Ektron. Previously a senior solutions consultant at Open Text, Scholtka brings over four years of experience in understanding client business requirements and providing effective CMS solutions.

Ektron's U.K. division includes business development, partner support, technical consulting, application development, product support divisions and an in-house training center providing Web developer and administrator certification.

Various U.K.-based clients in the publishing, finance, government, travel, real estate and legal industries have utilized Ektron's unique technology combining Web content management and social media tools. U.K. sites powered by Ektron include Boots, England's leading health and beauty retailer; The Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales; The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the U.K. and the Commonwealth; Leeds City Council and Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks company.

"A key factor behind the double-digit sales growth of Ektron in 2009 was our commitment to ensuring the success of client projects, both directly and through partner channels," said Ben Schilens. "We anticipate 2010 to be a watershed year for Ektron in Great Britain."

"We're very excited to see Ektron growing into the European market," said Alan Cooper, owner of Freestyle Interactive Ltd. "Ektron has helped fuel several of our successful customer engagements and their increased sales presence in the U.K. will mean continued success for us all."

Version 8 of the Ektron Web content management solution includes enhancements to the user interface, integrated Web analytics and new social media capabilities such as personalized and community pages, calendars to manage events and announcements, blogs and forums, polls and surveys, even micro-messaging "activity streams" similar to Twitter. The platform's PageBuilder tool allows content contributors to build Web pages without involving technical resources, while its Smart Forms are templates for Web content ensuring a site's consistent look-and-feel.

"Our global strategy is the same as what has made Ektron a leader in the U.S. market," said Ed Rogers, Ektron chief operating officer. "Simply put, that is to make each and every one of our customer and partners' Web deployments successful. We look forward to continuing a long and fruitful relationship with the U.K. market."

About Ektron

With Ektron, businesses are building communities around their brand that combine their own content with aggregated social media from across the Web. Ektron empowers marketing teams with drag-and-drop page assembly, multivariate testing and analytics to optimize content delivery and drive measurable business results. Ektron provides a flexible platform on which developers can build a custom solution to meet specific business objectives. An integrated solution company, Ektron is dedicated to the success of its customers' and Partners' Web projects as well as the entire lifecycle of their Web sites. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Ektron has more than 8,000 customer implementations worldwide, including NASDAQ, AMC Theaters and Texas Children's Hospital. For more information, visit:

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