August 09, 2005 12:31 ET

ThoughtWorks Appoints New Canada Managing Director

CALGARY, Alberta--(CCNMatthews - Aug 9, 2005) -

ThoughtWorks, a global IT professional services firm, has appointed Josh MacKenzie as Managing Director of ThoughtWorks Canada Corporation. Most recently, MacKenzie was the Western U.S. Regional Director.

Geoff Oliphant, the current leader of ThoughtWorks Canada, will build on his strong operational leadership and become Director of Operations.

In his new role for the custom software development company, MacKenzie will continue to drive ThoughtWorks Canada's unprecedented growth in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.

"The combination of Josh's significant experience with ThoughtWorks and strong delivery expertise makes him the ideal person to take our Canadian organization forward," explains Roy Singham, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. "As one of ThoughtWorks' most accomplished leaders, Josh will help us grow our Canadian client base which now includes such well-known industry leaders as WestJet and TransCanada."

MacKenzie, who joined ThoughtWorks in 1998, has more than 12 years of experience in technology consulting and management.

"I am honoured to be asked to lead ThoughtWorks Canada during this very exhilarating time in our business," MacKenzie says. "I am excited to bring the value of our world class leadership in software delivery and of the excellent people who comprise ThoughtWorks to the Canadian market."

"ThoughtWorks' approach provides real time metrics, enabling the superior risk and value management practices which drive incremental investment decisions. Our approach is based on a realization shared by ThoughtWorks and today's CIOs: software solutions need to be delivered at the pace of business, not the methodology," he adds.

Oliphant has led ThoughtWorks Canada to record earnings and operational performance as well as substantial margin and efficiency improvements in the last year. The new leadership team foresees a continuation of unprecedented growth for ThoughtWorks in the region. ThoughtWorks entered the Canadian market in 2001.

Worldwide revenues for ThoughtWorks have grown 260 percent since 2003.

About ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks provides a full range of custom software development services that span the entire lifecycle of a strategic software asset. The company's leadership in the practical application of Agile methods on enterprise class projects allows its people to deliver higher quality solutions more quickly and cost effectively, while giving client business leaders greater program and project control. ThoughtWorks' 700 professionals serve clients from offices in six countries including Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. ThoughtWorks Canada's Web site is

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