Ex-VMware exec to lead EazyBusiness US cloud growth

16 Mar 2010

A fast-growing Irish cloud-computing company has appointed a senior former executive from VMware and Interwoven to lead its expansion into the US from a new hub in Silicon Valley.

The company’s new hub in the US was revealed by Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD during his trade and investment mission in Silicon Valley.

Founded by Pat Bolger and Christopher Karatzinis, EazyBusiness technology leverages industry-leading open-source business applications into a cloud-based offering.

The resulting suite eliminates the high cost of hardware and technical staff while providing high-value business applications at an affordable price. 

Jeffrey Engelmann has joined the company’s executive team as chairman and chief executive officer. As CEO, Engelmann is responsible for company strategy, go-to-market execution, operations and board and investor relations.

Jeffrey Engelmann’s background

At VMware, Engelmann served as executive vice-president, worldwide marketing. At Interwoven, he was vice-president of business development and product marketing. He also served as general manager and vice-president of business development and global marketing at NorthStar.

During his nearly 10 years with IBM, Engelmann served in a number of development, industry consulting and senior sales positions, including business unit executive of eBusiness solution sales and executive operations of the internet division.

“Jeffrey is an experienced leader with credentials in marketing, sales and operations, earned in Fortune 500 new public company, and start-up environments,” said Pat Bolger, co-founder of EazyBusiness.

“We are most pleased that he has joined us to lead the strategy and international expansion of our operations.”

About EazyBusiness

Based in Dublin and San Francisco, EazyBusiness was founded in 2009 to help small and medium-sized businesses enjoy the benefits of cloud-based computing and open-source software without the expense and difficulty. Its solutions include cloud accessible e-commerce, CRM, HR management, web management and communications and collaboration software.

“EazyBusiness unlocks the potential of open-source technology in the cloud for SMBs” said Engelmann. “I am very excited to join a team that offers SMBs a seat at the high-tech table at a price they can actually afford.”

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years