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SaaSplaza Appoints Berend-Jan van Maanen as CEO

Company founder and current CEO Herb Prooy will continue as President and Director of Asia-Pacific.
Hamish Haldane
June 18 2014

SaaSplaza International announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Berend-Jan van Maanen as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Mr Van Maanen brings more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology roles, with a proven track record of driving strong growth in competitive international business environments and building high performing teams.

“I am extremely proud and excited to join SaaSplaza today. The opportunities ahead for the company are great, and we will focus clearly, move fast and continue to transform so we deliver sustainable growth.

“A big part of my new role is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our partners,” said Mr van Maanen.

Board member and Managing Partner of Prime Ventures, SaaSplaza’s largest shareholder, Mr Sake Bosch welcomed Mr van Maanen’s appointment today.

“SaaSplaza is ready for its next stage of growth. Today’s announcement means we have the correct management structure in place to execute on our global growth plans and to provide the experience and focus needed in high potential areas for the company.”

The board also confirmed that Mr Prooy was stepping down after more than eight years as SaaSplaza CEO and will continue as President and Director of APAC.

“It has been my privilege to be CEO, and establish SaaSplaza as the leading global Microsoft Dynamics Cloud provider serving hundreds of partners and thousands of customers worldwide. Our expansion from the Netherlands to North America and to our Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore has also been a highlight for me.

“I am pleased to be working with Berend-Jan and to also put my focus into the Asia-Pacific region, to further develop the enormous potential here,” said Mr Prooy.

Mr van Maanen is an experienced Cloud Computing executive, including 11 years as the Managing Director of Benelux for Interoute, Europe's largest Cloud services platform provider.

“Demand for Cloud is growing rapidly in the Microsoft Dynamics market and partner channel, so one of my goals is to work closely with our partners to enable them to easily deploy Cloud Dynamics solutions and enjoy the benefits of becoming a SaaSplaza Cloud partner,” he said.

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