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• Corporate growth leads to expansion of marketing activities
• Experienced marketing manager Clara heads Europe-wide corporate communication as well as online and offline marketing

Munich – 5 June 2008. hybris ( accelerates: After the recent expansion of Sales in Europe through the opening of new offices in Amsterdam and Stockholm, the leading provider of software for multichannel communication and e-commerce is now expanding its marketing activities. Promoted to his new role of Vice President Marketing EMEA, Robert Clara will be immediately taking on responsibility for marketing strategies and corporate communication as well as all online and offline marketing activities at hybris. Along with his team, the 41year old will continue to develop brand awareness and market penetration of the product communication specialist throughout the main sales regions.

Before joining hybris as Marketing Manager in 2001, Robert Clara was responsible for the development and expansion of the e-commerce division at Infinigate Deutschland GmbH as Division Manager E-Commerce. There he was responsible for manufacturers such as Real Networks and Ipswitch and developed innovative e-commerce solutions for the partner channel.

Clara can look back on extensive experience in marketing and IT. After completing his university studies, Clara began his career as Junior Product and Marketing Manager for data security and anti-virus software with the software distributor EPG Unternehmensberatung GmbH, where he later also assumed his position as Product und Marketing Manager for the web server analysis software WebTrends. Clara was able to obtain substantial experience in corporate communication and press relations as Account Manager at the PR agency Herald Communications, as well as in his position as Editor at InformationWeek.

“With its Product Information Management (PIM) based software, hybris offers ideal solutions for companies selling their products through various sales channels, such as online shops, electronic/print catalogues or kiosk systems and who do not want to do without consistent and personalized interaction with customers. More than 150 small, medium and large companies implement our solutions worldwide. This includes companies such as Neckermann, TUI, Blaupunkt, PUMA, Walbusch, Berner, VZug, Phonak and SIKA - and new clients are joining us every day”, says Carsten Thoma, Marketing Director and CFO of the hybris group. “With Robert Clara we now have a true marketing talent at the wheel: He possesses excellent marketing knowledge as well as extensive experience in all business-relevant functions along with long-lived IT and marketing expertise – together with Clara we will not only continue our growth rate, we will surely accelerate it.”

“As VP Marketing EMEA my main task will be to further promote issues surrounding multi-channel communication, e-commerce and central product data in EMEA in close collaboration with our partners and agencies and to market our portfolio of solutions respectively – an exciting challenge, in particular against the background of our internationalisation”, adds Clara.

About hybris
hybris is a leading vendor of multi-channel communication & commerce software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalization of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated solution which supports the industrialization and automation of communication, sales and support processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling companies to master the complexities of implementing and managing single site, multi-site and multi-channel communication and commerce processes step-by-step without any compromises.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 150 customers worldwide running more than 1.500 websites “powered by hybris”. Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including Zavvi, TUI, Lufthansa, Puma, Ulla Popken, Nokia, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Hagemeyer, Phonak and Bechtle.

For further information please contact:

Mel Oxford
Ascendant Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 7515 632065

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