Email and messaging solutions provider Open-Xchange announced on Monday it has named Richard Landsman the company’s new chief technical officer.
The move comes a month after Hostway replaced its legacy webmail systems with web-based communication and collaboration solutions from Open-Xchange.
He succeeds former CTO Juergen Geck, who will continue to serve with Open-Xchange in a consultancy role.
Landsman will be based out of the Open-Xchange San Jose office, where he will drive product and technological vision across the company.
His main focus will be on developing new and existing partnerships within the OX ecosystem.
Landsman joins Open-Xchange from carrier-grade email infrastructure provider Openwave Messaging, where he served as VP for engineering and product.
He has almost 30 years of experience in product development and management within the technology sector.
For the past decade, Landsman focused exclusively on messaging at companies such as AOL, where he was responsible for the global mail business.
According to the press release, Landsman has a proven track record of innovation, with a history of working at start-ups including Project Slice, Mailblocks and iUniverse, where he helped deliver new products from concept to market.
“Richard is a recognized authority on email technology bringing to Open-Xchange a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our user base of over 70 million,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “His history of working with start-ups demonstrates that he understands the power of a good idea and the need to be ruthlessly agile in order to make an impact in the market. He’s a great fit for our organization.”
In December, Open-Xchange released the community version of its OX App Suite, a free, open source version of the set of mobile-ready communications tools for which the company intends to release a commercial version this month.
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