Magento Appoints Software Veterans Michel Goossens and Jary Carter to Spearhead Global Expansion

Thursday, September 02, 2010

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Magento Appoints Software Veterans Michel Goossens and Jary Carter to Spearhead Global Expansion

Ecommerce Platform Leader Taps Sales Veterans to Build on Explosive Growth

LOS ANGELES & BRUSSELS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Magento, the world’s fastest-growing eCommerce platform, has appointed Michel Goossens as vice president and general manager of its EMEA operations, and Jary Carter as vice president of North American sales operations. The two hires underscore Magento’s rapid expansion, with an increase in employee count from 100 to 180 and a forecasted 300 percent sales growth over the course of 2010.

Goossens joins Magento from Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), where he was vice president EMEA of the organization’s JBoss division. He joined JBoss in 2005 to lead the EMEA sales operations and further boost the company’s explosive revenue growth. Before joining JBoss, Goossens founded SilverStream Software’s EMEA operations. As vice president for EMEA, he actively contributed to a successful IPO and impressive revenue growth before its acquisition by Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) in 2002.

“Magento is profitable, has an outstanding roster of top-tier clients and continues to deliver world-class products. I’m excited to be joining the company at this stage of its development,” said Gossens. My appointment, as well as Jary’s, underscores Magento’s commitment to supporting partners, developers and customers worldwide and I look forward to continuing the company’s success and building its loyal base throughout EMEA.”

Carter joins Magento from open source enterprise content management system vendor, Alfresco. As Alfresco’s Americas director of channels, he led the Americas partner organization, as well as the territory sales team. During his time at Alfresco, he grew channel-driven revenue by an average of more than 500 percent per year. Prior to joining Alfresco, Carter held roles that included senior sales positions with Omniture and Novell.

“Magento has grown in an incredibly short time to over 60,000 customers worldwide, and counts some of the planet’s leading retailers, innovators and brands among its customers. We want executives who have a proven track record in taking successful software brands and leading them into the next stage of their evolution,” said Roy Rubin, CEO of Magento. “Michel and Jary bring the sales and professional leadership that Magento needs as we continue on our mission of enabling the success of the worldwide eCommerce ecosystem.”

Goossens and Carter will report to Bob Schwartz, president at Magento, and will be tasked with continuing the company’s fast growth on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as further building its strong channel program, now numbering over 180 partners worldwide.

About Magento

Magento is the fastest growing eCommerce platform in the world with over 180 solution providers and 60,000 merchants, including leading brands, innovators and large retailers enabling over $25 Billion in transactions each year. Magento is a feature-rich, professional Open Source eCommerce platform solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the presentation, content, and functionality of their online channel. Based in Los Angeles, Magento is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization dedicated to the mission of enabling the worldwide eCommerce ecosystem. For more information about Magento, visit