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  • 9 February 2016 10:00

Software AG Expands with New Appointments

· Gordon Gakovic Appointed as Software AG’s Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand · Regional industry focus boosted with appointment of Michael Cross · Business development expanded with addition of Ron van Rooij

Sydney, Australia, Feb. 8th, 2016 – Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced the appointment of Gordon Gakovic as Managing Director for its Australia and New Zealand operations. Based in Melbourne, Gakovic is responsible for managing and executing Software AG’s commercial initiatives and marketing strategies for the ANZ market. Reporting to Stanimira Koleva, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific and Japan at Software AG, Gakovic will also focus on strengthening and expanding the company’s footprint across the region.

Gakovic joined Software AG in 2013 as National Sales Director and has been instrumental in growing existing business, as well as creating new revenue streams for the company. He brings over 25 years of experience in the Asia Pacific ICT (information and communications technology) market, and possesses a well-rounded background in executive management, sales leadership, consulting and product management. Prior to Software AG, he served in various positions at Oracle, IBM and EMC.

Commenting on the appointment, Koleva said, “Throughout his career, Gordon has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has an excellent track record of helping companies transform their IT infrastructure and grow their business. We are delighted to have Gakovic in this new and expanded role, and I am confident that his leadership and results-driven approach will serve to further fuel Software AG’s ambitious plans across Australia and New Zealand, and lead the team to new heights.”

Gakovic said, “I am excited to be given the opportunity to take the lead at a company recognised for its heritage as well as its new Digital Business Platform. Australia and New Zealand are countries that are dynamic, unique and filled with immense untapped potential. I look forward to working with an exceptionally talented team and to drive innovation and digital transformation for our customers.”

Originally from Australia, Gakovic holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Science (Computing, Computer Programming) from Monash University.

Further executive appointments

In addition, Software AG also announced the appointment of Michael Cross as Industry Solution Director and Ron van Rooij, as Director Solution Business Development, with responsibilities across Asia Pacific. Both will work closely with Koleva and Gakovic to bolster the company’s footprint across Asia Pacific, as well as lead the effort of co-innovation and digital transformation with strategic customers in Asia Pacific and Japan region.

These moves demonstrate the company’s continued investment in the region to generate additional growth opportunities.

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