SOURCE: Voxify

January 23, 2007 08:00 ET

Voxify Names Former Siebel / Oracle Executive as Chief Executive Officer

John Gengarella Tapped to Lead Voxify Through Explosive Growth

ALAMEDA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- Voxify® today announced that John Gengarella has joined the company as President and CEO. Mr. Gengarella brings over two decades of technology leadership and visionary business practices with highly successful enterprise software businesses to lead Voxify through its current stage of aggressive growth.

Gengarella joined Siebel Systems in 2002 as General Manager of Siebel's Travel, Transportation and Hospitality business unit. He also led operations for Siebel's vertical applications development group up through the acquisition of Seibel by Oracle. At Oracle Gengarella served as Vice President of Operations for Oracle's CRM Applications Division, leading business operations for the $1B business unit.

"John's proven success leading enterprise software companies combined with his drive to execution make him an outstanding addition to the Voxify team," said Carol Snell, Voxify's Chairman of the Board. "His leadership and business vision will ensure we further extend our position as the front-runner in the speech self-service market."

Prior to Siebel Gengarella was CEO of several technology organizations, including Pineapple Systems, a CRM software company targeting the hospitality industry, and MyBiz Technologies, a hosted CRM solution serving the online auction market. Gengarella has also been an active angel investor and advisor to early stage technology ventures such as Xfire, 1stUp, ConnectGroup, Remend, Krugle, Success Metrics, TSIC China and Entity Labs Ltd. Earlier John was also a senior executive at Wolff Urban Development, a privately held hotel investment group that owns and asset manages over a $1.0 billion of top-tier luxury hotels. He also served as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting, a mergers & acquisitions associate at Price-Waterhouse, and originally started out his career as an engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company.

"I was drawn to Voxify's proven ability to deliver real, measurable value to call center customers by quickly addressing their critical business objectives. In looking at the market it became clear that Voxify is the only company in this space that is consistently delivering value throughout the life of the customer deployment," said Gengarella. "With my energy and experience leading and growing companies from start-up through to market leadership, I'm confident we can even further accelerate the company's outstanding momentum to unprecedented growth levels."

Gengarella will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the business and the formulation of the ongoing business strategy from Adeeb Shanaa, co-founder and former President and CEO. "I am extremely pleased to have been able to attract a leader of John's stature and skills," said Shanaa. "He brings a strong combination of business vision, executive experience, integrity, and a genuine focus on delivering customer value. With John at the helm, we are well positioned to continue accelerating our growth trajectory."

Gengarella earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

About Voxify

Voxify® is the first company to create automated call center agents with the conversational skills to handle advanced customer service calls. Powered by the company's patented Voxify Conversation Engine™, Voxify Automated Agents® model the intelligence and personality of a trained live agent, allowing them to engage callers in sophisticated dialogue to perform advanced customer service functions, such as reservations, call routing, and account requests. Voxify Automated Agents are taking calls today for market leaders such as Continental Airlines, Wyndham International and Hammacher Schlemmer, helping them to be more responsive to their customers while delivering new services, closing more sales, and handling unplanned call volumes without hiring additional staff. Voxify headquarters are in Alameda, CA. For more information, call 510 545 5000 or visit

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