Mary Esther, Fla., December 23, 2008 – QStar Technologies, Inc., a global leader in compliance, archiving and data protection solutions, today announced the addition of three new EMEA Regional Sales Directors, Craig Hatter, Northern European Region, Carlo Restelli, Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern Regions, and Dirk Jan Vermuelen Western Europe and Africa Regions.
“In spite of the sluggish economy, this year has been a time of expansion for QStar with new sales offices in Germany and Japan as well as the addition of several engineers. Now we continue to strengthen our sales team by adding three new regional sales directors in support of strategic markets in EMEA to take advantage of the growing sales trend for QStar”, said QStar President Riccardo Finotti. “With the addition of Mr. Hatter, Mr. Restelli and Mr. Vermuelen we will be able to better support our current customer base as well as develop business in regions where the infrastructure and business trends are still growing, namely Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
” Craig Hatter, Sales Director of Northern Europe, will manage sales in the UK, Nordics, Israel, Southern Africa and India. Hatter has 17 years experience in the IT Industry, 15 years of which have been in the storage Industry, much of that time working with QStar as a partner. He has a strong technical and sales background and has worked for disk, tape and optical manufacturers including Seagate, IBM and Plasmon. Hatter brings to QStar a strong understanding of the channel and their requirements. He will be directly responsible for key account relationships in Northern Europe. “I am excited about the opportunity to join the QStar team,” said Hatter. “I have been working with QStar for many years while I was with Plasmon. I know the QStar products to be highly flexible, cost effective and provide a green hybrid approach to meeting archive business needs. I am very excited to explore new storage markets while with QStar.”
Carlo Restelli, Sales Director for Southern Europe and the Middle East, will head up the effort to increase exposure in these developing regions. Restelli comes to QStar from a ten year stent at Plasmon and has strong knowledge of QStar solutions along with a background in archive storage. Prior to Plasmon Restelli was Branch Manager at an Italian value added distributor in the storage market where he gained experience selling RAID, optical and tape systems. He brings more than 15 years of sales experience to the company. “I am excited about the opportunity to join the QStar team,” said Restelli. “Data management and archiving solutions have been a primary focus for most of my sales career and I look forward to successfully developing new sales in the developing regions for QStar.”
Vermuelen, Sales Director of Western Europe and North Africa, will manage key accounts in Benelux and Africa. Prior to joining QStar, Vermuelen’s most recently held a senior sales position at Plamson and will head up a remote office in the Benelux region. Vermuelen brings to QStar local representation, strong sales qualities and more than 15 years of sales and channel experience. “This is great timing to be in the archive storage market and a great opportunity,” said Vermuelen. “One of the things that attracted me to this opportunity was the product diversity and the functionality that QStar offers above the competition. QStarâ€™s product development is right in line with the needs IT managers have expressed, namely, IT budgetary focus on sustainable data storage management strategies that meet the regulatory compliance, automated enterprise policy adoption, higher data availability and overall lower cost objectives, all while utilizing existing IT staff and infrastructure. I look forward to working with the entire QStar team in the months ahead”.
Mr. Hatter is located in the London, England QStar office and can be reached at +44 (0) 207 016 9840 or by email at email@example.com. Mr. Retelli is located at the QStar EMEA corporate headquarters in Italy at Via Italia 12, 20094 Corsico (MI) Italy. He may be reached by phone at +39-(0)02-45-1711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Vermuelen will work out of a new QStar office in Belgium and can be contacted at +32 (0)479 56 96 11 or via email at email@example.com.
About QStar Technologies, Inc.
QStar Technologies is a leading storage management software company that provides sophisticated, large-scale client/server archive and data protection solutions for UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems. QStar provides tiered based storage solutions that allow every level of the corporation to organize and manage data storage resources of even the most heterogeneous networks. The world’s leading companies increasingly rely on QStar for the secure, cost effective and reliable storage of their critical data. QStar software supports a wide range of hardware platforms and storage devices, incorporating new technology, as it becomes available. The company’s corporate headquarter is located at 2175 West Hwy 98, Mary Esther, Florida 32569 (850) 243-0900 fax: (850) 243-4234, Web Site: www.QStar.com, with further sales and development offices in Europe.
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