Telecom Lead Europe: In a bid to expand its
operations across international markets, AsiaInfo-Linkage, a provider of
telecommunications software solutions, plans to open its European headquarters
in Cambridge, UK.
The company has over 50 percent share of the Chinese
telecommunications billing, CRM, and business intelligence markets.
In 2009, AsiaInfo-Linkage began expanding its core
business in Southeast Asia. The company is now targeting broader geographical
expansion in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”) market.
The company said that the new regional headquarters in
Cambridge will be led by two former executives of Geneva Technology, the
Cambridge-based billing software company acquired by Convergys Inc. in 2001.
Stephen Newton, formerly chief operating officer of
Geneva Technology and president for the EMEA market at Convergys, will set up
AsiaInfo-Linkage’s Advisory Board and act as its chairman.
The Advisory Board will provide expert advice on emerging
technology as well as insights into conducting business in diverse global
Meanwhile, Andy Tiller, formerly vice president in
charge of product marketing at Geneva Technology and Convergys, has joined
AsiaInfo-Linkage as vice president in charge of corporate product marketing. He
will lead an international team to promote AsiaInfo-Linkage’s global solutions.
“Our focus over the past few quarters has been to
ramp up our product standardization and integration initiatives as we position
ourselves to grow globally. We believe we can leverage our technical knowledge
and experience in serving China’s three telecom carriers, as well as our
experience serving carriers in Southeast Asia, to provide the EMEA market with
world-class products and services,” said AsiaInfo-Linkage President and Chief
Executive Officer Steve Zhang.
The company plans to hire locally-based sales,
professional services, and customer support staff for the EMEA region through