WOBURN, MA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced the appointment of Jim Shaw as general manager for Europe. Jim brings a stellar portfolio of success to Acquia, including years of top-notch enterprise software sales and partner management experience. In this newly created role, Jim will be responsible for all Acquia activities in Europe. Acquia plans substantial promotion of Drupal throughout Europe, and to introduce its popular Drupal-based products and services to the European market.

Jim joins Acquia from Software AG where he was responsible for Telco, Media, Energy & Utilities industries in the UK and Ireland. Prior to Software AG, Jim held senior roles at Progress Software and webMethods.

"I am extremely excited to join the Acquia team, and am eager to roll up my sleeves and dig in to the many adventures that await me. Together with Tom and the leadership team the opportunities are endless as we expand Acquia's footprint in Europe," said Jim Shaw, general manager for Europe, Acquia. "My first objective is to communicate far and wide the value that Acquia delivers to our customers and partners in support of their Drupal initiatives. I'm looking forward to having many success stories at the end of 2011."

"As Acquia continues to expand globally and Drupal continues to gain worldwide momentum it is extremely important for us to expand our presence in Europe to ensure superior support for our 700+ customers in more than 30 countries," said Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia. "We have aggressive plans to work with European partners and establish Drupal as the standard for social publishing in enterprises and government, leveraging the tremendous popularity it already has there."

Mr. Shaw will establish Acquia's European headquarters in the UK. The office will be home to sales, client advisors and operations staff, adding to our current staff in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Ireland. In addition to new business development, this team will be responsible for managing our hosting operations center in Ireland and will offer multi-lingual support during European business hours.

"We are extremely excited to have Jim join the Acquia team; Jim brings years of high-tech sales and business development expertise to Acquia," said Dries Buytaert, CTO and co-founder, Acquia. "As a European myself, I've been eagerly anticipating our full fledged expansion into Europe."

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com.

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