Addition of Hanna and Robin Martin Adds Proven Experience as Company Seeks to Expand Growth in Key Markets
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Nov. 13, 2012 – Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the premier provider of people-centric enterprise solutions, today announced the appointment of Leo Hanna to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. Hanna brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Saba. Most recently, as the Vice President of Oracle’s Live Help and Recommendations On Demand cloud services, Hanna managed sales, marketing and alliances for the EMEA region. Hanna will lead Saba’s efforts across Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he will be responsible for direct sales, indirect sales and marketing to drive continued growth and operational excellence.
Hanna has extensive cloud applications and services business experience, holding executive roles at Oracle, Art Technology Group (ATG) and Symantec (previously Messagelabs). Prior to his time at Symantec, Hanna spent 14 years with Microsoft in a variety of sales, alliances and service leadership roles.
Additionally, Saba appointed Robin Martin as Regional Vice President of Northern Europe, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Nordics, Benelux and South Africa. Martin, with over 20 years of sales management experience in software and services, most recently worked at Pitney Bowes Software. Prior to his experience at Pitney Bowes Software, Martin served in regional director roles for Northern Europe at Unica (acquired by Coremetrics and IBM). Martin has also worked at MRO Software, Mercury, Informix and BMC. Martin started his career in sales and marketing with IBM.
Saba has seen a great deal of momentum in EMEA. Its solutions have been deployed in some of the largest and most complex organizations across EMEA in key industry sectors. The list of customers includes: Astra Zeneca, ABN Amro, Atos, BMW, Centrica, Credit Suisse, Dimension Data, GFK, Legal & General, Media Saturn, Novartis, Polbank, Santander, Svevia and Vodafone. Saba has its headquarter office in the UK, with offices in France, Germany and Switzerland. The company approaches the market through a direct and indirect model, and has over 30 partners in EMEA at both a global and regional level to ensure comprehensive coverage and expertise to service its customers.
"Our investment in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa markets is part of our global growth initiative to provide the best learning, talent and collaboration solutions and support to our customers," said Jeff Carr, president, global field operations, Saba. “Both Leo and Robin have impressive histories of building, leading, and scaling high performance teams to deliver rapid growth and build strong customer relationships."
“With the growing demand in EMEA for solutions that blend cloud, social and mobile to solve real business challenges, Saba is in a unique position to meet customers’ needs," said Leo Hanna. "I look forward to working with the team, as the product roadmap and company direction position Saba for success and future growth."
Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) enables organizations to build a transformative workplace that leverages the advent of social networking in business and the ubiquity of mobile to empower an organization’s most mission-critical assets – its people. The company provides a set of people-centric enterprise solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Saba delivers cloud-based learning management, talent management, and social enterprise solutions to transform the way people work.
Saba's premier customer base includes major global organizations and industry leaders in financial services, life sciences and healthcare, high tech, automotive and manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, packaged goods, and public sector organizations. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. For more information, please visit www.saba.com or call +1-877-SABA-101 or +1-650-779-2791. SABA, the Saba logo, and the marks relating to Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s ability to expand growth in key markets and drive continued growth and operational excellence. Saba's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties Saba faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: Saba’s ability to file its delayed periodic reports with the SEC and regain compliance with Nasdaq filing requirements, Saba's dependence on growth of the markets for Saba's products, dependence on acceptance of Saba's products by customers and channel partners, fluctuation in customer spending, length of Saba's sales cycle, competition, rapid technological change, dependence on new product introductions and enhancements, and potential software defects. Readers should refer to the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements and risks stated in this press release are based on information available to Saba today. Saba assumes no obligation to update them.