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Announces New European Customers and Expanded Strategic Relationship With HP
LOS ALTOS, CA and LONDON, June 19, 2012 — /BackupReview.info/ — Box today announced the opening of its first international headquarters to support its growing European customer base, which has doubled in the last year. Today, users located outside the United States generate 50 percent of overall traffic among the company’s more than 11 million users worldwide. Box also announced the addition of several European customers to the community of more than 120,000 businesses using Box — which includes such leading global companies as Ben Sherman, Procter and Gamble, and O2 — as well as an expanded strategic relationship with HP in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
“A tremendous shift is taking place in Europe. Businesses are looking for solutions that help them move to the cloud and transition away from costly, inflexible legacy technologies,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “We’ve seen significant customer growth across Europe in the last year and are thrilled to be building out a local presence to support our customers.”
The new Box European headquarters, located in central London, is expected to grow aggressively, with plans to hire 100 local employees across Europe by the end of 2013. Box veteran Greg Strickland will take on the role of International General Manager and VP of Global Operations, heading up the London office and overseeing future expansion across Europe. Strickland has served as Box’s VP of Business Operations for the previous four years.
Box provides a simple and secure way for workers to share, access and collaborate on content in the cloud and across devices. The company has consistently tripled enterprise revenue year over year, and has raised a total of $162 million in venture capital since its founding in 2005, including funding from strategic investors SAP Ventures and salesforce.com.
“It’s great to see Box’s expanding customer base in Europe, and now is the time for the company to expand its presence on the ground in the region,” said Alys Woodward, research director, European software, IDC. “Significant barriers exist for European organizations when collaborating both internally and externally, and collaborative, content-sharing tools like Box are extremely helpful in breaking these barriers down. As the speed of business increases, the ability to share information and collaborate quickly and easily is vital for organizations to keep pace with this acceleration. The alternative is to fall behind.”
European Customer Growth
“With Box, we were able to build our customized iPad app quickly, mobilizing our sales force and giving us the competitive edge we need to remain on top,” said Charlie Hunter-Schyff, head of planning at O2. “Box has been a great partner for us — it saves our business both time and money and empowers our employees to easily and securely share and access information from anywhere.”
Building on this foundation, the new European customers Box announced today represent a diverse set of industries and use cases:
Strategic Alliance with HP
“Our small and medium-size customers are entering a new era of data management and storage, and they need a simple, cost-effective way to collaborate and share information in the cloud,” said Eric Cador, senior vice president, EMEA, personal systems and printing group, HP. “We are focused on helping redefine the way organizations manage and share information in the cloud, and together with Box, we can empower the next generation of knowledge workers.”
With its new headquarters, Box will also further invest in its partner program — which currently includes global brands such as HP, Google, NetSuite, Good Technology, MobileIron, LG, Samsung and many more — to cultivate an ecosystem of powerful cloud solutions for the European market.
To learn more about Box visit, www.box.com.
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