London, 13 December 2012 – SQS Software Quality Systems AG, the world’s leading specialist in software quality, has announced that Ralph Gillessen and Riccardo Brizzi will become Main Board directors from January 2013. While Ralph Gillessen was appointed as the Chief Market Officer (CMO), Riccardo Brizzi joins SQS as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Ralph Gillessen, 43, will be responsible for all regional market units, sales and marketing. He joined the Company more than 11 years ago and the move is an internal promotion. Mr. Gillessen has worked in various senior sales and consultancy positions and has headed SQS’ largest profit centre, Central Europe Middle East (CEME), for the past two years.
Riccardo Brizzi, 50, will join SQS as Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for the global operational performance of SQS Group. As an internationally experienced manager, he brings considerable expertise in Managed Services and IT services. Having previously worked at companies such as Cap Gemini and Vodafone, he joins SQS from SAP, where he spent the last six years in various senior management positions, lastly as head of strategic client delivery.
At the announcement of the appointments, Diederik Vos, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SQS, said: "In Riccardo Brizzi, we are gaining an exceptional operations and IT services expert. He will strengthen our management team, help safeguard the deployment of our mid-term strategy and improve our operational excellence. Ralph Gillessen will strengthen our sales and marketing competency and has an exceptionally deep knowledge of the testing and quality services market.
These two Main Board appointments will support our mid-term strategic goal to be involved in all major software transformation projects.”
About SQS Software Quality Systems
SQS is the world’s leading specialist in software quality. This position stems from 30 years of successful consultancy operation. SQS consultants provide solutions for all aspects of quality throughout the whole software product lifecycle driven by a standardised methodology and deep experience in various industries. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company employs approximately 2,200 staff. Along with a strong presence in Germany and the UK, SQS has further subsidiaries in Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal. In 2011, SQS generated revenues of 189.1 million Euros.
SQS is the first German company to have a primary listing on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market) in London. In addition, SQS shares are also traded on the open market of the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt am Main.
With over 7,000 completed projects under its belt, SQS has a strong client base, including half of the DAX 30, nearly a third of the STOXX 50 and 20 per cent of the FTSE 100 companies. These include, among others, Allianz, Beazley, BP, Centrica, Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Post, Generali, JP Morgan, Meteor, Reuters and Volkswagen as well as companies from every other conceivable industry.
For more information, see www.sqs.com.