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Mirantis Continues European Traction
Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, closed 2015 with record sales, increasing its European customer base across the telecommunications, media, and automotive sectors. The company's traction in Europe is reflective of the company's overall growth in 2015.

"Europe is a key focus for Mirantis as it grows its global footprint. We have already seen terrific telecom and enterprise sales growth, and plan to significantly increase our footprint in this region in 2016," said Mirantis' CEO, Alex Freedland.

Mirantis has recently opened a new office in Berlin, Germany, in addition to existing branches in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Grenoble, France; Poznan, Poland; Moscow and Saratov, Russia; and Lviv and Kharkiv, Ukraine. These offices allow Mirantis to capitalise on the fast-growing interest in vendor-agnostic OpenStack environments in Europe, and to further enhance support for European partners and customers.

The company signed channel partnerships with Alterway (France), Amazic (NL), Ammeon (IRL), Apalia (Fr & Switzerland) and B1 Systems (DACH), and trained 1500 engineers across Europe.

Mirantis has also expanded its executive team with several key hires:

Marque Teegardin, SVP Worldwide Sales: Teegardin has enjoyed tremendous success over a 20 year career in the software industry. He contributed to the significant growth at market-leading companies, PTC, Inc and NICE Systems, where he led teams responsible for over $500m in annual revenue. Prior to Mirantis, Teegardin led a rebuilding effort at StoredIQ, an Austin Texas based Big Data Governance company. StoredIQ doubled its revenue and became one of the most successful acquisitions in IBM history under Teegardin's leadership. Since joining Mirantis in March of 2015, Teegardin has led the team in a record-breaking year of top-line sales revenue.

David Ogden, EMEA Managing Director: Ogden has more than 20 years experience in the software industry, most recently with NICE Systems where he transformed the sales model from a partner driven sales team to a market leading advanced analytics sales team focused upon the European Financial Markets. Taking a start-up mentality into Enterprise organisations, Ogden has succeeded in building new markets and world class sales teams that have consistently over achieved.

Rik Thorbecke, CFO; Jim Dvorkin, COO; Chris Keene, EVP/GM, Enterprise Cloud Business Unit and Parvesh Sethi, EVP/GM, Services have also recently joined Mirantis' executive bench.

The hires demonstrate the opportunity that Europe represents for Mirantis and the potential for OpenStack to become the primary cloud operating system. "Every European company is being disrupted by software and is looking to differentiate and innovate quickly. Smart enterprises are embracing the cloud to grow top line revenues and get new services to market faster. Mirantis provides them with flexibility and agility needed without vendor lock-in and is the only company 100 percent committed to OpenStack," said Mirantis' new EMEA Managing Director, David Ogden.
Published Thursday, February 04, 2016 8:42 AM by David Marshall
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