June 18, 2008 20:01 ET

ESS Names J. Scott Lockhart as COO to Support Continued Growth and Global Adoption of Industry-Leading Sustainability Software

TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - ESS, the leading provider of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for enterprise sustainability, today announced the appointment of J. Scott Lockhart as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Lockhart has strong industry experience and expertise in managing technology operations and his leadership is expected to support ESS' growth and accelerated global adoption of the company's software platforms.

Lockhart will be responsible for executive oversight of ESS operations and will join the company's executive strategy council.

"I have known Scott for many years and admired his proactive approach and success in connecting the dots between software for EH&S and enterprise asset management (EAM). Optimizing the way these information systems work together enhances enterprise-wide business performance and enables companies to achieve operational excellence," said Robert Johnson, ESS President and CEO. "We both strongly believe that by more closely integrating these key information systems, organizations can identify and ensure that common data can work together to drive improved levels of environmental, health and safety compliance, increase reliability and performance of assets and provide better management visibility."

"This translates to increased availability of critical assets, improving both compliance and profitability," Johnson added. "Reducing complexity and risk that are associated with disparate data silos within EH&S and EAM systems also ensures that higher quality data is delivered to sources throughout the enterprise."

Lockhart has more than 15 years experience leveraging enterprise software for asset optimization, EH&S and compliance. Previously, he served as Vice President and Company Executive team member of Data Systems and Solutions (DS&S), a division of Rolls Royce, where he was focused on enterprise asset management and optimization, equipment health monitoring and process safety. He also has extensive experience serving users in several vertical industries, including oil and gas, electric utilities, chemicals, aviation, metals and pulp industries.

In addition to his business management and growth objectives on the DS&S executive team, Lockhart was responsible for the operations, services and software groups. His previous experience also includes key leadership roles at Trinity Consultants and SAIC.

About ESS

ESS is the leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management sustainability software that supports Governance, Risk and Compliance and operational excellence. The company has provided global and local software solutions for thousands of businesses, government agencies and other organizations worldwide. ESS is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., with major U.S offices in Denver, Houston and Washington, D.C., international offices in Beijing, China and Calgary, Alberta and operations in London, England. For more information, visit

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