London, UK, 25 January 2006 – 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 provider of network security, content security and messaging software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and SMTP mail servers; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI MailArchiver an email archiving solution; GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) security scanning and patch management software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management; GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control that enables network-wide control of removable media and GFI WebMonitor, HTTP/FTP monitoring and anti-virus software for ISA Server. Clients include Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates through a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award. For more information about GFI, visit http://www.gfi.com.