CDS Global

November 21, 2013 11:26 ET

Jim Plas Joins CDS Global as Chief Product Officer

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2013) - CDS Global, the leader in end-to-end business process outsourcing, today announced that Jim Plas has joined the company as chief product officer. With responsibility for global product strategy and execution, Plas will manage the critical functions of developing new products and services, enhancing existing product offerings and ensuring CDS Global's solutions meet the needs of the diverse clients and industries the company serves.

"The breadth and depth of outsourcing experience and capabilities at CDS Global is tremendous," said Plas. "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to help steer the company's strategic direction and ensure we continue to develop groundbreaking products that address current client needs and anticipate needs that aren't yet a blip on the radar screen."

Plas brings 15 years of experience and leadership in product management, marketing, sales, business development and customer data management to his role at CDS Global. He most recently served as vice president of marketing for Xplore Technologies, a leader in rugged computer tablets. For six years prior, he held executive roles at Acxiom, a $1.1 billion data services company, serving as vice president of customer data integration and vice president of product management and marketing. Additionally, Plas worked as the director of product management for global enterprise solutions at Dell and as a principal consultant at Data General (now EMC Corporation) and Microsoft.

"Jim's mix of entrepreneurial and large-company experience will be of great value to CDS Global as we continue to expand and refine the solutions we offer," said Debra Janssen, chief operating officer, CDS Global. "Additionally, his wealth of data management experience at the enterprise level is significant as we explore opportunities for our existing data products, as well as those we have in development. CDS Global is responsible for managing the data of 150 million consumers for our clients, and Jim's expertise will help us build and position our products to solve many of the data-related issues our clients and prospects are facing."

About CDS Global

For more than 40 years, CDS Global has been a leading provider of outsourced business solutions to multiple industries, delivering an array of innovative and flexible eCommerce, order management, fulfillment, payment processing and marketing services. The company's comprehensive and integrated suite of solutions maximizes the value of data, effectively managing the interactions that CDS Global clients have with their customers and creating a positive impact on each organization's bottom line.

CDS Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Corporate headquarters are located in Des Moines, Iowa, with offices across Iowa and in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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