January 25, 2006 - 12:00
London, UK – GFI, the single source for network administrators to address their messaging and security needs, today announced that Kurt Shaver has accepted the position of Vice President/General Manager of the Americas Operations and John Kucmierz has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources.
Kurt Shaver, 45, will join GFI from Websense Inc, NASDAQ: WBSN, where he has been Director, Western Region (North America) since October 2001. During his four-year tenure at Websense, Shaver was responsible for a four-fold increase in sales while building up the sales, support, and channel partner network. Prior to joining Websense, Shaver was at Monticello Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) for three years as Vice President of Business Development and Director of Sales. With a proven track record in driving sales, Shaver has occupied other sales management positions at software and networking companies including AT&T Data Networks and Bruel & Kjaer Instruments.
John Kucmierz, 40, has served as the Vice President of Sales and Administration of GFI USA since 1999 where he led a four-fold increase in revenue while growing both a loyal customer base and an excellent group employee organization. Prior to GFI, Kucmierz worked in the capacity of Employee Relations Director for six years with Eckerd Corporation, a national retail chain, where he was responsible for reducing employee turnover by over 20%. He has also held management positions in training and development and operations.
“I am extremely pleased to have Kurt and John as members of our executive staff. Both are industry veterans with proven track records of success,” said Curtis H. Staker, CEO GFI. “Most importantly, I am confident both John’s and Kurt’s role in GFI will contribute to the success of our employees, channel partners and customers.”
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at http://www.gfi.com.