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Berkeley Electronic Press names Vice President of Engineering

Berkeley, CA, June 9, 2008 – Publisher and communications services company, The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), announced the appointment of John Armstrong to Vice President of Engineering. John will report to bepress President Jean-Gabriel Bankier and will be responsible for technology strategy and development. This appointment reflects the rapid growth of bepress’s innovative solutions for the scholarly communication and research markets.

John has spent over a decade developing e-solutions for the print and publishing markets. Jean-Gabriel Bankier remarked, “John’s experience complements the innovation and expertise that distinguish bepress as a leading provider of hosted institutional repositories and publishing services.”

John brings to bepress more than 13 years of technology management, engineering and award-winning development experience. John is a co-founder of Interwave Travel Concepts, a boutique web-developer providing content and client management tools for travel agencies, magazines and tour operators. He has also served as Director of Engineering for Spa.com, where he managed all technology operations. John comes to bepress from EFI, a global leader in print technology. As Director of Engineering at EFI, John headed an international team responsible for office strategy and technology development, and led the development of key partnerships around core technologies.

Commenting on the appointment, Jean-Gabriel Bankier said, “bepress’s capabilities will be greatly enhanced by John’s nuanced understanding of web-solutions development, deployment and management, as well as his experience increasing service quality through strategic partnerships. He is just the right leader to meet our rapid customer growth and our expansion into the library-as-publisher and scholarly publishing sectors.”

John’s experience building teams, products, and software as a service businesses brings depth and breadth to bepress’s expanding technology team.

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.