Nat Systems International, Inc. has appointed an experienced high technology executive as its new president and CEO, and will establish facilities in Silicon Valley to be closer to West Coast-based business partners and the center of client/server and Internet/Intranet technology development.
The company expects in 1997 to make its Silicon Valley operation its corporate headquarters, where new president and CEO Daniel L. Eilers will be based.
The Nat Systems' board of directors appointed Eilers, former senior vice president of worldwide marketing and customer solutions at Apple Computer, Inc., as president and CEO, effective immediately. He was also appointed to the board of directors. Eilers succeeds John Burton, who guided Nat Systems through its first phase of geographic expansion beyond its base in Europe by establishing its North American presence. Burton will continue to serve on the company's board of directors, and will assist Eilers with the transition.
Nat Systems, already a dominant player in the European multi-tier, enterprise-level application tools market, is positioning itself for a bigger stake in the North American and Pacific Rim markets.
The company's objective in worldwide expansion was to obtain strategic customers and partners in North America in 1996. Nat Systems introduced NatStar to the North American market in February 1996. Since that time, it has been working closely with customers such as The Equitable, NCR, KPMG Peat Marwick, Hormel Foods, and others. Nat Systems has also established formal relationships with partners such as Hewlett-Packard, Sun, Coopers & Lybrand, BDM, Cambridge Technology Partners, Tivoli, Novadigm, and many others. The NatStar installed base now exceeds 175, with the total customer base exceeding 450 of the Global 5000.
"I am excited to join a company whose tools are changing the way software applications are developed in large companies and government. From an initial presence in France to now having 450 of the largest corporations in Europe developing their most important enterprise-wide applications with our tools, our mission is to extend this leadership throughout the world," Eilers said.
Eilers expects to accelerate Nat Systems' penetration into new markets and new technologies, and to increase its level of partnering with industry-leading companies.
Nat Systems founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board Olivier Dellenbach said, "Many of the major innovations in client/server and Internet/Intranet technology are coming out of Silicon Valley and elsewhere on the West Coast of the United States. By establishing our global headquarters there we will be closer to these important business and technology partners."
Field operations headquarters for serving Nat Systems' North American customers will remain in McLean, Va.
"It has been a pleasure developing Nat Systems' North American presence," Burton said. "I look forward to seeing Dan take the company through the next stage in its evolution as an international leader in enterprise client/server application development."
Eilers' record demonstrates foresight, market savvy
Eilers, 41, comes to Nat Systems from Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers (KPCB), a leading Menlo Park, Calif., venture capital firm where he served as CEO in residence, an advisory position to that partnership and its portfolio companies. KPCB is one of Nat Systems' largest investors, and holds a seat on its board of directors. Eilers brings to Nat Systems more than a dozen years of executive experience in high technology. Eilers' reputation as a first-rate strategist and leader was noted in a Computer Reseller News review of the high-tech industry's "20 Executives to Watch."
Eilers held several executive and senior management-level positions during his 14 years at Apple Computer, Inc., including president and CEO of its Claris Corporation software subsidiary during a period of rapid growth from 1991 to 1995. At Apple in the 1980s, Eilers was responsible for strategic marketing, investor relations, product management and worldwide corporate development activities. In 1995, he served as senior vice president of worldwide marketing and customer solutions. Among his accomplishments, Eilers wrote the business plan that culminated in the creation of Claris Corporation, and later became its CEO. Between 1991 and 1995, Eilers built Claris into a leading vendor of Macintosh and Windows applications, moving the company from the 13th to the eighth-largest vendor of personal computer software applications. Eilers holds a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington.
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