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ThoughtWorks Appoints New UK Managing Director

LONDON - August 10th 2005 - Global IT professional services firm ThoughtWorks Ltd has appointed Cyndi Mitchell, UK Operations Director, as UK Managing Director.

Mitchell, who joined the company in November 2002, has a proven track record of enabling business innovation through the delivery of strategic, enterprise software development and systems integration services.

“There is an increasing amount of pressure on our clients to deliver more for less”, Mitchell explains. “CIOs and CTOs are looking to partner with an organisation that will help them maximise their investment performance and revolutionise how they deliver value to the business. ThoughtWorks’ aim is to enable these people to transform their businesses. As a globally recognised leader in technology and delivery innovation, we are uniquely placed to do this.”

Headquartered in Chicago, ThoughtWorks has approximately 700 employees serving clients from offices in the U.K., Australia, Canada, China, India and the U.S.. ThoughtWorks’ extensive client list includes industry leaders such as Dixons Group, British Telecom, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. and DaimlerChrysler. Worldwide, ThoughtWorks’ revenues have grown more than 250 percent since 2003 and staff numbers have more than doubled.

Mitchell has extensive experience in the IT professional services field. Prior to ThoughtWorks, Mitchell was a Senior Java Architect within Sun Microsystems in New York and Chicago, before moving to London in 2000. With over ten years of hands-on experience in the delivery of large-scale enterprise systems, Mitchell has taken a variety of roles from Developer through to Client Principal. She started her career with Andersen Consulting.

“As ThoughtWorks continues to grow we are committed to promoting leaders from within.” says Roy Singham, ThoughtWorks’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Cyndi has been critical to the growth of ThoughtWorks UK, both as a technologist and as a business leader. We require a leader who can continue to transform our own and our clients’ businesses and we believe Cyndi is the right person to do this.”

Singham continues, “ThoughtWorks enters the second half of 2005 with optimism, robust achievement and positive recognition; all due to the knowledge, innovation and creative energy of our talented professionals.”

ThoughtWorks Executive Changes
In other changes, ThoughtWorks US welcomes a new Managing Director, Greg Layok, who previously served as Midwestern Managing Director. Layok was previously a Client Partner at Viant. Trevor Mather, ThoughtWorks’ President and current UK Managing Director, now focuses on a global leadership role in ThoughtWorks’ largest markets- the UK and US. He’ll support the new leadership team and continue to oversee strategic discussions with key clients. ThoughtWorks Canada appointed U.S. Western Regional Director Josh MacKenzie to the role of Managing Director.

At the global management level, Markku Koppinen, currently Global Vice President of Operations has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Koppinen assumes responsibility for global operations while continuing to help grow ThoughtWorks’ offices in Australia, Canada, China and India.

“ThoughtWorks prides itself on rotating its global leaders on a regular basis and promoting from within,” Singham explains. “As a global organisation, it is vital that our leaders learn from other cultures and share their best practices with each other.”

About ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks provides a full range of custom software development services that span the entire lifecycle of a strategic software asset. The company's leadership in the practical application of Agile methods on enterprise class projects allows its people to deliver higher quality solutions more quickly and cost effectively, while giving client business leaders greater program and project control. ThoughtWorks’ 700 professionals serve clients from offices in six countries including Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. ThoughtWorks’ Web site is www.ThoughtWorks.com.

Contact details

UK – David Bell, Portfolio Communications Ltd (+44) (0) 20 7240 6959 thoughtworks@portfoliocomms.com
US – Heather Malec 001 312 373 8550 hmalec@thoughtworks.com
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