SEATTLE, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO)
announced today that it recently promoted five senior managers to vice
president and its corporate counsel to general counsel. At the same
time, the company announced the renaming of its professional products
business unit to the IT products group to support the firm's
increasing emphasis on information technology product offerings,
including its newest solution, Visio® Enterprise, for automated
network documentation and software and database modeling.
"We estimate that the market for business graphics software is
approximately 35 million people; we've already sold Visio to 2.5
million users worldwide, and every indication tells us that our ability
to capture new seats in the enterprise drawing space is strong,"
said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "We recognize
that to remain a leader in this arena we must continue to build our own
infrastructure with an eye to deepening management talent, continuing
our focus on technical excellence and bolstering our sales and marketing
expertise. The promotions that we've announced today will further
our goal of becoming the worldwide standard in drawing and diagramming
The promotions, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
- Keith Collins, vice president of North America channel sales, is
responsible for Visio's North American distribution channel,
through which the firm sells most of its products. He will focus on
increasing the demand for both packaged product and license seat revenue
through expanded reseller and distribution programs and policies.
Collins joined Visio in 1992.
- Philip Flynn, vice president and managing director of international
operations, joined Visio in 1997. Flynn's most significant
accomplishment has been directing an operational excellence program in
the Dublin, Ireland, office. This effort refocused the staff on
improving operations and providing excellent service, and built in the
skills and processes for continuous improvement. In his new role, Flynn
will be working with the Seattle and Singapore offices to implement
similar improvement programs in the finance and administration,
operations and legal groups.
- Tom Hull, vice president of corporate and direct sales, will
continue to build the firm's North American corporate sales team
and will also focus on worldwide programs and strategies to leverage
large global corporate opportunities. With many corporations now
standardizing on Visio technology for drawing and diagramming,
Hull's ability to focus the team on corporate sales will be
critical to the company's long-term success. He has been with the
company since 1994.
- Patti McCann, vice president of worldwide development services, is
located in Visio's Dublin office. With the company since 1994, she
is responsible for both the localized products and content created in
Ireland, as well as now managing the Seattle development services staff.
Over the next three months, McCann will combine Visio's Seattle and
Dublin development services groups into one worldwide organization.
- In recognition of his work as the company's corporate counsel,
Ken McGraw has been promoted to general counsel. A Visio employee since
1996, he is responsible for the worldwide management of the legal
department and for providing advice to Visio departments and offices,
from day-to-day issues to setting the long-term direction of corporate
strategies, policies and procedures.
- Lori Pearce, vice president and general manager of the IT products
group (formerly the professional products business unit) is responsible
for existing and future versions of Visio products (including Visio
Professional, Visio Enterprise and Visio Network Equipment) aimed at the
information technology market. Products from Pearce's group
accounted for half the revenue in Visio's fourth quarter. Pearce
joined Visio in 1991.
Currently 2.5 million engineering, general business and IT
customers in medium-size and large organizations create drawings and
diagrams using Visio products on their Microsoft Windows-based PCs. The
company is divided into three product groups aimed at these markets:
- The business products group is led by Vice President and General
Manager Peter Mullen, one of the original Visio developers. Anchored by
Visio Standard 5.0, this unit will continue to focus on bringing to
market tools that help business professionals manage people, processes
and projects and communicate business information more effectively and
simply through graphics.
- The new IT products group is led by Vice President and General
Manager Lori Pearce and focuses on design, documentation and modeling
tools for the IT professional. Visio Professional 5.0 is the ideal tool
for manually creating network diagrams, reverse-engineering
ODBC-compliant databases, planning software development and mapping Web
sites. Built on Visio Professional, Visio Enterprise 5.0 adds a modeling
engine for designing and maintaining enterprise-level database
management systems and application components, as well as
AutoDiscovery™ technology and 14,000 exact-replica network equipment
shapes to automatically diagram LANs and WANs.
- The technical products group is led by Vice President and General
Manager John Forbes, who came to Visio from Autodesk Inc. in 1994.
Products from this business unit focus on providing tools for engineers,
engineering salespeople, architects and designers. Visio Technical 5.0
makes creating and sharing 2-D drawings and technical schematics easier
and more efficient than using traditional CAD programs. IntelliCAD® 98
by Visio offers unparalleled Autodesk AutoCAD compatibility, smooth
Microsoft Windows integration, and numerous productivity features to
anyone who creates or uses CAD files.
About Visio Corp.
Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business
diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of
over 2.5 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the
Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software
market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992 and has since
released additional Windows-based graphics applications that offer users
a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's
powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical
solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and
third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are
available in as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than
For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers
can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the
company's Web site at http://www.visio.com/.
NOTE: Visio, AutoDiscovery and IntelliCAD are either trademarks or
registered trademarks of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other
countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced
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