SOURCE: FortiusOne

January 15, 2008 08:30 ET

Esther Larson Joins FortiusOne

Seasoned Government and Geospatial Executive Appointed VP of Government Sales

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - FortiusOne, the leader in next-generation Intelligent Mapping solutions that enable storytelling with maps by making the World's geographic data accessible to everyone for learning, decision making, and problem solving, announced that Esther Larson is joining the executive team as Vice President of Government Sales. Larson has successfully grown and managed federal sales organizations in various geospatial and data solutions companies for over 25 years.

"FortiusOne's open collaborative solutions truly democratize the power of geospatial intelligence," said Larson. "By leveraging Web 2.0 technologies in secure environments, FortiusOne's Intelligent Mapping Solutions are addressing critical challenges faced by government organizations. I'm excited to be a part of FortiusOne and to bring these invaluable solutions to the government market."

Prior to joining FortiusOne, Esther served in various sales and management roles with MetaCarta, iMapData, Giga Information Group and National Computer Systems, as well as several start-up technology vendors. Esther has consistently been a top sales performer with a proven record in surpassing sales objectives. Within the past 10 years, Esther has been recognized as a Top Sales Producer each year and has achieved accomplishments such as increasing federal sales revenue by 838%.

"Esther brings an incredibly impressive track record to FortiusOne," said Sean Gorman, CEO and founder. "Her experience selling into the federal government, as well as her in-depth knowledge of the geospatial market, will help us rapidly expand our customer base. We are ecstatic to have Esther join the FortiusOne team."

FortiusOne was spun out of George Mason University in 2005 by a group of recognized experts in complexity science, large-scale data analysis, and public policy. The emergence of Web mapping and other Web 2.0 innovations inspired FortiusOne to invent new technologies to address the limitations of traditional analytic tools and the challenges in finding adequate data to solve real-world problems. Joined by successful pioneers from the networking, Web services, and social networking markets, FortiusOne pursues its mission to make the World's data accessible and easy to use.

"Esther is a real star among geospatial and data professionals," said Chris Marentis, COO and President of FortiusOne. "After working in this space for over 25 years, she recognizes that FortiusOne's solutions are unlocking geographic data silos, empowering end users, and enabling the collaborative creation of collective intelligence. Esther is integral in successfully delivering FortiusOne's innovative technologies to the government market."

About FortiusOne

FortiusOne provides next-generation Intelligent Mapping solutions that make the World's geographic data accessible to everyone for learning, decision making, and problem solving. FortiusOne is leading the way toward the next generation of the Web with breakthrough SmartWeb technologies that offer unprecedented access to data, easy remixing of data for specific needs, and rich information visualization that enables storytelling with maps. FortiusOne offers a range of products and services based on the GeoCommons platform to enable government and commercial customers to leverage intelligent maps in their own applications. For more information, visit

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