Alfresco Welcomes QlikTech CEO Lars Björk to its Board of Directors
Björk considers Alfresco well positioned for "Dropbox for the enterprise" opportunity
London, UK May 8, 2012 -- Alfresco, the cloud connected content platform, announced today that it has appointed QlikTech’s CEO Lars Bjork to its Board of Directors. Under Lars’ leadership, QlikTech has sustained tremendous growth while considerably expanding its geographic reach. Lars oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2010, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs. Since taking the CEO position in 2007, the company has grown almost 400% from $80.6M to $320.6M, which is the valuable experience Lars brings to Alfresco as part of his role on the board.
"When Kevin Comolli of Accel Partners, the lead venture capital investor in QlikTech and the lead investor in Alfresco reached out to me, I welcomed this exciting opportunity," said Lars. "Alfresco is in a similar position to where QlikTech was just a few short years ago, with a huge market opportunity. With its unique combination of enterprise-proven cloud, mobile and on-premise content management, Alfresco has all the components to help enterprises navigate the shift to mobile and cloud productivity. Enterprises don't need a Dropbox alternative - they need Alfresco."
Lars credits the success of QlikTech to its consensus-driven management style, which capitalizes on the energy, enthusiasm and ideas of all employees. He is also recognized as an authority on driving business growth through company culture, employee empowerment and innovation.
"We asked Lars to join our board of directors because he and QlikTech have already travelled the same road we are on," said John Powell, CEO of Alfresco. "Lars has the experience of rapidly growing a global technology brand and building toward a successful public offering, which we intend to do. More importantly, Lars and I share a common view on the importance of building a sustainable and positive company culture that can outperform the competition."
Alfresco continues to deliver having come off the heels of a record year. The company has added 536 new enterprise customers and 71 employees in 2011 and now has over 2,300 enterprise customers globally with over 6.6 million people using Alfresco Enterprise, Cloud, Mobile and Community to manage over 3.3 billion documents.
"At Accel, we view Lars and Alfresco as a perfect match," said Kevin Comolli, Accel Partner, Alfresco board member and investor. "We at Accel have had the pleasure of working with Lars for the past eight years to build QlikTech from its European heritage into a global, multi-billion dollar public company. Lars is a world-class enterprise software CEO and we are privileged to have him join the global brand and experienced management team of Alfresco as part of the board while the company prepares for its initial public offering.”
Prior to joining QlikTech, Lars held several positions as CFO at companies such as ScandStick and Resurs Finance. He has an MBA from the University of Lund, Sweden and a Degree in Engineering from the Technical College in Helsingborg.
Alfresco continues to enable a new approach to content management and improved productivity that equips people with the right tools needed to address the needs of today’s mobile, social and global workforce. To learn more about Alfresco in the cloud and to get started now, please go to http://cloud.alfresco.com/.
Alfresco is how great businesses share, organize and protect their content. Alfresco’s community includes thousands of customers, partners and developers in 182 countries across the globe.
Founded in 2005, Alfresco is headquartered in London, with US headquarters in Atlanta.
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