Former Smarteam President Joins Actify to Head EMEA Sales; Industry Veteran Brings More Than 20 Years' Experience to Rapidly Expanding EMEA Market

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2005--Actify Inc., the worldwide leader in digital design communication solutions, today named its new vice president for EMEA sales. Effective immediately, Christopher Kenneth Jones joins the company as vice president of EMEA Sales and is responsible for expanding Actify's EMEA operations and increasing revenues. He will play a leadership role in guiding the company's strategic direction and business practices in EMEA to meet the increasing customer demand for Actify solutions within this market.

"Actify is experiencing a significant increase in new customers and business opportunities within the EMEA region, and Jones' extensive background in PLM sales and marketing within the manufacturing industries brings another level of sales leadership to our company," said Randy Ochs, president and CEO of Actify Inc. "His appointment not only reflects a growing record of successful solutions, but also represents our commitment to building and maintaining long-term relationships with our customers, channel and technology partners in the EMEA region. We're very pleased to welcome someone with Jones' experience to our growing European team."

"I am excited to be joining the Actify team at a time when the organization is expanding its commitment to EMEA. With a broad and extensive range of digital design & communication solutions for the high technology, automotive, aerospace, industrial automation and discrete manufacturing industries, Actify is strongly positioned for further growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa," said Chris Jones. "Throughout the region there is increasing momentum for greater network convergence, and the evolution of digital design communications to next generation workgroup solutions presents a tremendous market opportunity for Actify's innovative solutions."

Jones has more than two decades of global managerial experience in sales, marketing and design in the manufacturing and construction industries. Before joining Actify, he was president of Dassault's Smarteam Europe Ltd. and was responsible for the successful and profitable turnaround of Smarteam's EMEA business -- improving channel efficiency by over 350 percent in three years. While in this leadership role, he also accomplished the first $1 million Smarteam order.

Prior to Smarteam Europe Ltd., Jones was general manager at Engineering Animation Ltd., one of the fastest-growing companies in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market, and managing director of Division Group PLC., where he helped increase software revenues by $0 to $6.5 million over four years and formed profitable direct sales offices around Europe. Additionally, Jones has held various sales and sales management positions in Europe and Asia at EDS, a global provider of business and technology solutions to help clients improve their business performance. Chris Jones holds a degree in Engineering from the University of London and is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers M.I.C.E.

About Actify Inc.

Actify Inc. is a privately held, award-winning global leader of CAD visualization and digital design communication solutions with over 8,000 customer companies throughout the high technology, automotive, aerospace, industrial automation, and discrete manufacturing industries. Actify's Suite of Products provide the lowest total cost of ownership with the highest scalability across manufacturing industries and through their supply chains. The Actify SpinFire solution is sold through authorized distributors and Value Added Resellers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Actify is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information please visit or call 415-227-3800.


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