Acquia Appoints Martyn Eley as General Manager of EMEA Operations [Nov. 4, 2013]
Company Expands Presence Throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to Help Organisations Deliver Digital Experiences
READING, UK – 4 November 2013 – Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, today announced that Martyn Eley has joined the team as general manager of Acquia operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).
Eley’s appointment coincides with the dramatic growth Acquia is experiencing internationally, as organisations strive to match the speed of the web in delivering digital experiences encompassing content, community and commerce. The company has nearly doubled its EMEA-based employees in the past year, expanding to Germany, Sweden and Bahrain from its prior bases in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Acquia recently appointed Stephan Weiland as regional sales director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Fredrik Blomqvist as regional sales manager for the Nordics, and; Ahmed Koshok as business development manager for the Middle East. The company recently opened its new EMEA headquarters in the UK’s thriving tech hub of Reading, joining companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec. The new Reading office houses Acquia’s cloud operations, client advisors, and customer onboarding teams in addition to sales, marketing, and finance.
“I was drawn to Acquia because of its amazing company culture, which breeds a true passion to help organisations succeed in creating amazing digital experiences,” Eley said. “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to join such an inspiring team, and I look forward to expanding Acquia's international position rapidly as we help our customers create compelling, branded digital experiences for content, community, and commerce.”
Eley comes to Acquia with more than 25 years of IT experience. Most recently, he served as the head of sales for Centrix Software. Prior to Centrix Software, Eley worked in a variety of EMEA leadership roles at both startups and multinational companies, including webMethods, Progress Software, Vignette, and HP.
“Drupal’s adoption in Europe is extensive, owing greatly to its European origins,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “As the demand for enterprise class digital lifecycle management capabilities for Drupal has accelerated, we’re expanding our presence to ensure our customers realise the increased agility and integration that Drupal delivers.”
Acquia provides an open cloud platform, developer and operations tools, and enterprise-class support for Drupal -- the open source digital experience platform. On a global scale, Drupal adoption has been rapidly rising. The Drupal community has more than 1 million members, including more than 30,000 developers who contribute code to the Drupal project on a regular basis and provide an engine for digital innovation. Acquia’s EMEA region has mirrored this growth over the last few years, seeing strong Drupal adoption across a variety of industries, including media, entertainment, publishing, government, higher education, telecommunications, and non government organisations (NGOs). Acquia’s investments in strategic hires and expanded facilities lay the groundwork for Acquia’s accelerated expansion in the region. Acquia customers in EMEA include Aegon, the BRIT Awards, KPN, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, RTL Netherlands, Royal BAM Group, Saïd Business School, and VNU Media.
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