SOURCE: Echo360

Echo360

September 28, 2010 12:17 ET

Echo360 Appoints Steve Fitzgerald to New Role of Chief Technology Officer

Leader in Campus-Wide Lecture Capture Solutions Taps IT and Software Development Veteran to Drive Next Phase of Company's Technology Vision and Product Innovation

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  Echo360, www.echo360.com, the recognized leader in campus-wide solutions that enable universities to record, manage and share rich media course content for lecture capture and distance learning, today announced that Steve Fitzgerald has joined its leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. In this newly formed position, Fitzgerald will lead all aspects of Echo360's technology strategy and platform architecture. He will oversee the company's software development and quality assurance teams, and will guide Echo360's next stage of product development as the company focuses on delivering enterprise-class solutions for higher education.

Fitzgerald brings more than 26 years of software and technology experience to Echo360. Prior to joining the company, Fitzgerald served as the Senior Vice President of Product Development for Razorsight Corporation where he managed a global team responsible for all product design, architecture, development, QA and software delivery along with all IT and cloud/SaaS operations.

"Lecture capture is now a vital teaching and learning tool and our customers are counting on us to continue delivering a superior technology platform that supports their mission-critical deployments now and in the future," said Echo360 CEO Fred Singer. "As our business grows, we need a seasoned executive who can deliver on the next stage of our product vision. With his technical acumen, his track record for leading world-class technology organizations, and his experience with enterprise-class solutions, Steve has what it takes to bring the next generation of Echo360 technology to market."

Fitzgerald joins Echo360 at a time when the company is experiencing tremendous growth. Echo360's customer list has grown to more than 400 universities and colleges in 28 countries worldwide. Its revenues grew by more than four-fold from 2007 to 2009.

"With its worldwide customer base and leading lecture capture platform, it is a very exciting time to join Echo360 at this critical point of the industry's growth," said Steve Fitzgerald, CTO, Echo360. "There's a lot of energy and momentum across the company and I look forward to working with the team as we transform Echo360's lecture capture products to a new level of enterprise-class solutions for higher education."

Before joining Razorsight, Fitzgerald was Vice President of Software Development at SoftMed Systems, Inc. where he managed all aspects of software development, including product design, development and QA. SoftMed Systems was later acquired by 3M. Fitzgerald has also held senior-level technology positions at PDS, Inc. and Shared Medical Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Siemens. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and also earned a Computer Science degree from the Maxwell Institute in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

About Echo360

Echo360 envisions an opportunity for every student to be freed from traditional barriers to learning with an on-demand education experience. Full-time, part-time, distance, continuing, and online all describe today's student living in a 24/7 world. On-demand media and education converge at Echo360, helping colleges and universities engage students on the students' terms with full and unbounded access to classroom-based content via multiplatform replay. Developed in partnership with the University of Western Australia, Echo360 means scalable and affordable lecture capture solutions that can provide institutions of all sizes with universal availability of lecture content. Learn more at www.echo360.com.

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