Socrata, Inc.

Socrata, Inc.

March 16, 2011 08:01 ET

Socrata Announces Hiring of Charles Blanchet as Vice President of Sales

Former Granicus Executive Brings Deep Government Sales Experience to Open Data Leader

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Socrata, Inc. - the leading provider of cloud-based Open Data services for increasing government transparency and slashing the costs of information and services delivery - announced today that Charles Blanchet, a successful public sector sales executive, has joined Socrata as its new Vice President of Sales. "Charles joining Socrata as VP of Sales is a significant milestone for Socrata," says founder and CEO Kevin Merritt. "His integrity, customer focus and mastery of government sales development at the federal, state and local level, combined with his expertise in building and managing a high-performance sales organization, makes him an ideal fit for Socrata at this stage in our growth, when we are shifting into high gear to fully serve the demand for our solutions."

Mr. Blanchet, a Cum Laude graduate of the Terry College of Business Management at the University of Georgia, brings over ten years of solution-based technology sales experience to the Socrata team. Most recently, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for government cloud platform provider Granicus, Inc., where he presided over six-year revenue growth of over 3,900%. Prior to Granicus he held sales positions with SBC/AT&T and Sprint.

"I am thrilled and honored to join Socrata at this tipping point in the Open Data market," said Mr. Blanchet. "I am extremely impressed with the breakthrough capabilities of the Socrata Social Data Platform™ and the early leadership position of the company in the exploding market for government transparency and cloud-based information delivery. The demand for these services at the federal, state and local level is accelerating dramatically, not only in the US, but throughout democratic societies all over the world."

About Socrata

Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and usefulness of their public information assets.

The Socrata Social Data Platform™ is an information delivery platform that optimizes the management and timely dissemination of relevant information and services to citizen, professional and internal government audiences, in self-service mode and across multiple channels. Information assets include tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems of record.

Socrata customers include Medicare, State of Washington and City of Seattle. Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit

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