San Mateo, California – (The Hosting News) – November 4, 2005 – Internet speed and measurement company, Keynote Systems, has appointed Jeff Kraatz Vice President and Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region for Keynote. Mr. Kraatz is the former Managing Director of North Asia for voice messaging leader Lucent and Octel Communications, and network services company SPRINT.
Kraatz assumes responsibility for sales, operations and professional services, including Keynote’s service level management (SLM), customer experience management (CEM) solutions, and Competitive Intelligence (CI) studies to expand and increase Keynote’s global market presence. Mr. Kraatz will report to Patrick Quirk, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Customer Operations.
Mr. Quirk commented on the new appointment, ”Keynote has made a significant investment in its measurement infrastructure in Asia because of the strong demand from its base of global customers who represent over 70% of the world’s top web sites and over 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. We see our Asia Pacific business growing to become a significant part of Keynote in the next few years.”
Quirk continued, ”Both the timing and the market is right for Keynote to place strategic emphasis on Asia. With Keynote’s aggressive approach to developing new channels, finding strategic partners in worldwide markets, and demand pull from service providers for wireless measurements, voice over Internet protocol and streaming media services, it was important to recruit a seasoned executive with Jeff’s skills and experience who could build a diverse organization to serve enterprise customers, portals and service providers. Jeff’s appointment will enable Keynote to increase its presence in the Asia Pacific markets just as those markets are poised for growth.”
Jeff Kraatz commented on his new role at Keynote, ”Asia represents the fastest growing Internet population, deep broadband penetration, and the largest number of sophisticated mobile users in the world. Innovation in Asia is the mantra of business leaders as well as from developing markets – and convergence of the Internet, communications and media are all pushing the envelope throughout the region. All these forces come with a risk to the end user experience. Keynote has a full suite of products and services to detect, measure, competitively compare, and improve all these converged worlds.”
Mr. Kraatz notes that the existing KeyNet measurement network across 17 geographical locations in Asia Pacific is operational and providing a quality infrastructure for customers and partners to leverage today.
During the course of his career, Mr. Kraatz has held a variety of senior management positions, including those at Octel Communications, where he built successful channel programs, ran national accounts operations, and based in Hong Kong built Octel into a mature Service Provider market leader in Asia for five years prior to an acquisition by Lucent Technologies. Kraatz has also been vice president of worldwide sales for Caspian Networks, and a CEO of two divergent e-commerce businesses. He has over 25 years of management experience in pioneering and scaling technology businesses that serve enterprise, Internet and service provider operations.
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