(Gawkwire.com) Hostway Corporation has recently named Gordon Henry as executive vice president and general manager. Henry will head the company’s small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) division, which focuses on providing Web hosting, Web site design, online advertising and other services to SMBs.
Henry is a veteran of the online search and local advertising industry. He was chief marketing officer at Yellowbook, where he led the development of the company’s online site, Yellowbook.com, built the company’s brand into a nationally recognized name and oversaw the expansion of its printed directories. More recently, Henry led online video agency Spotzer Media’s entry into the US. As president of Spotzer, he introduced video as a core offering of many top search and Internet sites.
Previously, Henry held marketing and business development positions at Knight Ridder/Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., where he led the launch and acquisition of new advertising businesses, and Columbia House Company, where he founded the company’s audiobooks division. He has an MBA from Wharton Business School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale University.
"We are excited to have Gordon join the Hostway team," said Lucas Roh, CEO and co-founder of Hostway Corporation. "His experience in marketing to, selling to and understanding the needs of the small- and medium-sized business customer is unparalleled. He is a great fit to help lead our efforts in this area. We expect that he will expand our penetration among SMBs, grow the variety of Web hosting and online services we provide and further build our brand."
Hostway’s service offerings range from Web hosting for SMBs to managed and dedicated server hosting for large enterprises. Hostway has garnered industry-wide recognition and praise for ServicePlex, an online service delivery portal developed internally to enable a seamless customer experience. In 2009, the company launched its cloud hosting offering, FlexCloudTM, which enables customers to access a multi-million dollar hosting infrastructure that scales up and down based on business needs for as low as $15 per month. Hostway has also partnered with telecom companies, cable operators and large retailers to deliver fully private-labeled online services to their customers.
Last month, Hostway announced that it raised $110 million in debt and equity financing to support its continued growth plan. The transaction was led by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, along with Fortress Capital, Regiment Capital and Phoenix Life.
"Since our founding in 1998, we have continuously sought ways to deliver more value to our customers by investing in our people, technology and infrastructure. As a result, we have built a solid platform for growth. In the next stage of our history, in partnership with our new investors, we aim to accelerate the pace of becoming the leading provider in the expanding online services market," said Roh.