Magnolia International Names U.S. Channel Chief
For the second time in recent weeks, an Alfresco veteran is making an open source career move. The latest news involves Andrew P. King jumping from Alfresco to rival Magnolia International as its new U.S. director of business development — essentially becoming Magnolia’s U.S. channel chief. Never heard of Magnolia? Year-over-year U.S. sales reportedly are surging 60 percent. Here’s a bit more about Magnolia, King and the company’s partner program.
During his time at Alfresco, King was part of a small team that “grew Alfresco’s revenue by 103% in the financial year 2007- 2008, and he was awarded the title of Top Performing Sales Manager,” according to a prepared Magnolia statement.
More Channel Success?
Also of note: Alfresco landed near the top of The VAR Guy’s 2009 Open Source 50 report, which tracks the world’s most promising open source partner programs. (The 2010 survey is under way now.) Can King help Magnolia achieve similar channel partner success? King’s prepared remarks were all channel all the time:
“My first task is to concentrate on building-out our network of quality US channel partners to service existing demand. With this in place, we are expecting US growth in line with Magnolia’s historic annual license revenue growth of at least 60%.”
King is the second noteworthy person to leap from Alfresco to another open source company in recent weeks. In a higher-profile move, Alfresco veteran Matt Asay recently joined Canonical as Chief Operating Officer, helping new CEO Jane Silber to build and run Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux business.