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Lawson Software on Track to Expand Sales Force in ANZ

  • 20 September, 2006 17:23

<p>ANZ growth part of Lawson’s post-merger plans to double Asia-Pacific staff by end of 2007</p>
<p>Australia/NZ - Sept. 20, 2006 – Lawson Software has announced plans to double its employee base across the Asia-Pacific region as it ramps up hiring to support the company’s aggressive global and regional growth strategy. As part of the recruitment initiative, Lawson is also boosting its sales force in Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>The Asia Pacific expansion also includes plans to significantly increase Lawson's sales force in other specific areas, including Singapore and Hong Kong. The company has also established a major solutions and services centre in Manila, Philippines, where it aims to nearly triple its current number of employees by the end of 2007.</p>
<p>The recruitment drive follows the merger of Lawson Software with the former Intentia International AB earlier this year, which expanded Lawson’s global reach. “Our overarching goal is to greatly increase our employee base and our presence within Asia-Pacific by the end of December 2007,” said Harry Debes, Lawson president and chief executive officer. “Though the bulk of the hire in Asia-Pacific will relate to the support centre in Manila, there is also a big emphasis on growing our direct sales force in other key geographies across the region.”</p>
<p>Lawson has already made several new appointments in Australasia, including Kamal Sharma as ANZ sales director, and sales account managers Mark Johnson for NZ, David Grant for QLD and Mark Fischer for NSW. The company is now looking to fill further sales positions for its Sydney (NSW), Melbourne (VIC) and Auckland (NZ) offices.</p>
<p>Additional sales executives are being brought onboard in ANZ to meet an increasing number of new business opportunities and installed-based customer demands, which are already emerging as a result of the enhanced product offerings generated by the combination of Lawson and Intentia. The new sales staff will be dedicated to either the M3 product line (the former Intentia solutions for the manufacturing, distribution and maintenance sectors); or the S3 product line (the former Lawson solutions aimed primarily at the services, sourcing and staffing industries).</p>
<p>“Our S3 line is a particularly important focus for us in Australia and New Zealand, since this is a new market for the traditional Lawson products,” said Debes. “We are already securing projects with existing customers for our Lawson Business Intelligence (LBI) solution and we want to expand cross-selling opportunities for this and our Human Capital Management solution. It’s an exciting period in the company’s development, and there has never been a better time to be an employee or customer of Lawson.”</p>
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<p>About Lawson Software</p>
<p>Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at www.lawson.com.</p>
<p>Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events that occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: uncertainties in Lawson’s ability to realize synergies and revenue opportunities anticipated from the Intentia International acquisition; uncertainties in the software industry; global military conflicts; terrorist attacks; pandemics, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company's targeted industries; increased competition and other risk factors listed in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawson assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.</p>

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