(Gawkwire.com)  Open-Xchange has increased its U.S. sales presence by announcing the appointment of Behshad Behnam as vice president of sales, Americas.

The company increased users to more than 15 million people worldwide – an increase of 80 percent in 2009.

“As we continue to deliver our collaboration software working with U.S. service providers, Behshad will be a great resource,” said Frank Hoberg, executive vice president of sales and a founder of Open-Xchange. “We work with providers all around the world and have lots of interest in the U.S. so we want to have a ‘go-to guy’ that partners can count on.”

Today, Open-Xchange is used by leading hosting providers in the U.S., such as Dotster and Network Solutions, as well as 1&1 Internet in the U.S. and Germany.

Behnam most recently was the channel sales manager for Apptix which rolled out a new reseller program to recruit systems integrators, managed service providers (MSPs), and telecommunications companies. Prior to that, he was in a channel sales management position at DS3 DataVaulting, which was recently acquired by Terremark.
He spent three years at Parallels as a channel sales representative with responsibility for expanding the company’s products and services to the hosting market. Behnam has also held sales positions at Oracle and WorldCom. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management Information Systems (MIS).

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