Redwood City, Calif., November 5, 1997 -- NetObjects, Inc., the Web Site company, today announced the promotion of George R. Arabian from senior director to vice president of international marketing and sales. The move recognizes Arabian's contribution to creating and growing NetObjects' international business to over 20 percent of total 1997 company revenue and demonstrates the company's commitment to global markets.
"We have been a global company since day one, when more than 30 percent of the customers who downloaded our NetObjects Fusion Web site building software were from outside North America," said Samir Arora, NetObjects' chairman and CEO. "George has built a world-class international organization which has moved at Web speed to establish NetObjects' brand and product benefits to international customers. I'm delighted to recognize his contribution and look forward to his continued leadership."
Arabian joined NetObjects in November 1996 from America Online(AOL), bringing with him more than a decade of management experience in international & domestic channel development, marketing and sales. In the last year, he has grown the international organization in size and scope to include executives such as Ken Parkinson, former Stream International executive, who serves as NetObjects' European director of sales and marketing. In addition, NetObjects recently signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation to serve as a master distributor in Japan. Other significant 1997 milestones include:
- The creation of a pan-European distribution network with representatives in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the Benelux region;
- Winning several awards and reviews including an award from leading UK publication Information Week, and a "very good" rating from PC-Intern-Bewertung;
- Major customer installations at the BBC in the UK, Diebold in Germany, CAP Gemini in the Netherlands, and leading Web design firm MidiCity in Japan;
- A significant installed base of global corporations that have standardized on NetObjects Fusion for their Web site building needs.
"Customer adoption of NetObjects Fusion, especially in Europe, Japan and Australia has fueled the growth of our international operations," said Arabian. "Over the next year, we look forward to better serving our international customers with local sales and marketing infrastructures and support. We have worked hard to establish a broad network of value-added distributors and resellers in our key European and Pacific Rim markets. Our focus over the next year will be on the delivery of localized versions of our products."
NetObjects, Inc. is a privately-held company that is funded by IBM, Perseus LLC, AT&T Ventures, Norwest Venture Capital, Venrock Associates, Rae Technology LLC and private investors. NetObjects' partners include Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL), AT&T (NYSE: T), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Netscape (NASDAQ: NSCP), Sun Microsystems' Javasoft (NASDAQ: SUNW) and UUNET (NASDAQ:WCOM).
About NetObjects' Product Family
NetObjects' product family consists of NetObjects Fusion Personal Edition for entry-level site builders, NetObjects Fusion 2.0 for experienced site builders and NetObjects TeamFusion for site building teams. All three products are the first smart Web site building applications that integrate automated site building, professional quality design and publishing, thereby lowering the cost, time and tedium of building high-quality Web sites. NetObjects Fusion has won several awards including CNET's 1997 Internet Excellence Award for Best Web Design Product and PC Magazine's Editors Choice award. More information about NetObjects and its product can be found at www.netobjects.com.
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