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Wednesday, April 21, 1999 < Prev Next >

Visio Corp. Promotes Two Senior Executives to Lead Marketing and Sales Efforts

Tom Hull Named Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales; Jim Horsburgh Named Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing

SEATTLE, April 21 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO), the leading supplier of desktop drawing and diagramming software, today announced two executive promotions to its senior management team. Tom Hull, a five-year veteran of the Visio sales organization and the primary architect behind the North American sales team and Visio's worldwide licensing program, Visio Prema™, has been named Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Another five-year Visio veteran, Jim Horsburgh, who has built Visio's European sales and marketing organization, was named Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Hull and Horsburgh will be focused on deepening Visio's penetration into organizations in global markets.

Hull replaces Tim Buckley, who is leaving Visio to join Linux start-up Red Hat Software. Horsburgh replaces Gary Gigot, who will continue as a consultant to Visio but is retiring from software marketing operations to devote more time to venture funding.

Hull joined Visio's corporate sales operations in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including his most recent position as Vice President of Corporate Sales. "Tom has been a significant contributor to Visio, aggressively driving growth in corporate sales from 11 percent of revenue in the June 1996 quarter to 34 percent of revenue in the March 1999 quarter," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "Tom has been promoted in order to bring his considerable talents to bear to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Visio® technology."

Buckley has been with Visio since 1993 and was instrumental in increasing company revenues from zero to a consensus estimated $215 million in fiscal 1999. "Tim's entrepreneurial drive has been a great asset and a key factor in the success of Visio to date," said Jaech. "His legacy at Visio is a mature, experienced sales team that is firing on all cylinders around the world."

Horsburgh, Vice President of European Sales and Marketing, joined Visio's European sales and marketing operations in 1994, and has deftly turned the region into a major market for Visio, representing 26 percent of revenue in the March 1999 quarter. "Jim has a keen knowledge of what it takes to build a global marketing presence," said Jaech. "His breadth and depth of experience make him uniquely qualified to drive Visio's marketing organization to the next level."

Gary Gigot has been with Visio since 1994 and was the mastermind behind the branding of Visio. "Gary's branding expertise helped put Visio on the map," said Jaech. "He drove the creation of the Visio brand and vigorously evangelized the power of the brand around the world. Now we focus on delivering visual communications to our growing global customer base."

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprise business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of nearly 2.8 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 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO or 800-248-4746, ext. 93W. Visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.