OutStart Appoints Vice President of European Sales

Boston – April 14, 2009 – OutStart Inc. has promoted Matthias Schulz to vice president of European Sales, a newly created position.  In addition to leading European Sales, Mr. Schulz will continue as the managing director, or Geschäftsführer, of Berlin-based OutStart GmbH. 

“I have worked with Matthias for more than two years.  From the moment I met him, I was impressed by his natural leadership ability, intellect, business acumen and excellent reputation within Germany’s learning- and knowledge-management community,” said Massood Zarrabian, chief executive of OutStart.  “Matthias and his team have done a remarkable job growing our presence in the Austrian, German and Swiss markets. 

“Within the last two years, Germany has come to represent more than 10 percent of OutStart’s business, and Matthias has built deep relationships with our rapidly expanding customer base,” added Zarrabian. “Despite the current economy, we’re seeing strong European growth for OutStart, with Europe representing 30 percent of our 2008 orders.  Matthias’ leadership was a key to that growth, and we’ve promoted him to this new position to recognize his contributions.”

As managing director of OutStart GmbH since its creation in 2006, Mr. Schulz has overseen rapid growth in both sales and customers, while building a sustainable, scalable business team.  Since its founding, OutStart GmbH has opened offices in Berlin and Frankfurt and steadily grown a roster of clients such as Lufthansa and Sto AG that now numbers almost 100 Austrian, German and Swiss organizations.

Along with its German locations, OutStart serves several hundred European customers – including BT, the Royal Navy and Thales – through sales and support offices in Dublin, London and The Hague.

“Our growth is fueled by organizations that realize the transfer of knowledge is crucial to improving business agility, enabling people to perform their jobs effectively and providing rapid ROI for learning initiatives,” said Matthias Schulz.  “By meeting the market’s demands, we expect to expand our European business.”

About OutStart

OutStart software powers the transfer of knowledge through formal learning, informal learning and social software. By making the exchange of knowledge frictionless, OutStart enables knowledge workers - employees, partners, and customers - to perform their roles far more effectively.

AgustaWestland, Autodesk, BB&T, British Telecom, CVS Caremark, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Internal Revenue Service, General Dynamics, Lufthansa, MetLife, The Boeing Company, the US Navy, and Verizon Wireless rely on OutStart to increase individual and organizational performance, improve knowledge transfer and lower operating costs. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., OutStart has offices throughout Europe and North America and can be found on the web at www.outstart.com

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