London and San Francisco, 14 May 2012: Brightpearl, a pioneering vendor of cloud-based commerce software for small businesses, today announces that Fergus Gloster, Managing Director EMEA Marketo, will be joining Brightpearl’s Board of Advisors. With over 25 years industry experience, including founding Salesforce.com’s sales and marketing operations in Europe, Gloster will be advising Brightpearl on sales and marketing initiatives to support future growth.
“I’m delighted to be joining Brightpearl’s Board of Advisors at such an exciting time for the company. I’ve been really impressed by Brightpearl’s fast paced growth. I’m even more impressed at how its technology is transforming the operations of small merchants in such a challenging business environment,” said Fergus Gloster. “I’m passionate about helping small businesses grow and I see Brightpearl as a key enabler to their development.”
“We’re immensely pleased to have Fergus join Brightpearl’s Board of Advisors. Fergus is one of the most thoughtful leaders I know in scaling Software-as-a-Service businesses. He brings to the table a wealth of experience from his years at Marketo and Salesforce.com. His unrivalled experience in bringing SaaS to SMEs will further accelerate our rapid growth,” said Salman Malik, CEO Brightpearl.
In his current position as Managing Director of Marketo EMEA, Gloster is responsible for all revenue generation activities for the company in Europe, including sales, marketing, customer success, and renewals. Gloster was one of Salesforce.com’s first hires in 2000 and over his nine-year tenure with the company, served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales, Europe. He led Salesforce.com’s initial entry into the market and developed its hub-based sales, alliances and telemarketing model.
Brightpearl’s cloud-based software has helped its customers to see impressive like-for-like sales growth of 35 percent in the year between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012. This is compared to retail industry figures indicating growth of just 2.1 percent in offline shops and 16 percent for the online/ecommerce segment overall (IMRG/Capgemini). In February, the company announced the integration of eBay storefronts and Magento-based stores, helping retailers to sell more by reducing the complexity of managing multiple sales platforms by creating a single view of customers, inventory, prices and sales performance.
About Brightpearl. Brightpearl is the world’s leading cloud-based commerce management platform for small businesses in the US, UK, and globally. Over 10,000 businesses have used Brightpearl to sell and serve customers through online and offline channels. Brightpearl is privately owned and funded by Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and Bristol, UK.
About Marketo. Marketo is the fastest growing provider in Revenue Performance Management. Marketo’s powerful yet easy-to-use marketing automation and sales effectiveness solutions transform how marketing and sales teams of all sizes work - and work together - to drive dramatically increased revenue performance and fuel business growth. The company’s proven technology, comprehensive services and expert guidance are helping more than 1,800 enterprise and mid-market companies around the world to turn marketing from a cost center to a business-building revenue driver. Marketo also offers Spark by Marketo™, a new brand of marketing automation tailored specifically for small businesses - the fastest-growing and largest segment of today’s economy. Marketo acquired Crowd Factory on April 18, 2012 to deliver the world’s first integrated solution for social marketing automation.
Marketo was recently named one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes Magazine, the fastest-growing private company of 2011 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the “2011 CRM Market Leaders Awards Winner for Marketing Solutions” by CRM Magazine. For more information, visit www.marketo.com, or subscribe to Marketo’s award-winning blogs at blog.marketo.com.
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