Endeavor Information Systems Announces Additions to Product Management Team
Director of Product Management and Voyager® Product Manager Promoted Internally; New Digital Product Manager Introduced
Des Plaines, IL, September 5, 2006 - Endeavor Information Systems, one of the leading worldwide providers of library management software, today announced the appointments of one director and two managers within the company’s product management team. Endeavor’s Kathryn Harnish and Mike Dicus were promoted to the positions of director of Product Management and Voyager® product manager, respectively; and Char Chase was introduced as the company’s new product manager for the Discovery suite of products.
“These strategic additions to the product management team will all play vital roles in the future success of our organization,” said Roland Dietz, president and CEO at Endeavor Information Systems. “With an aggressive product release schedule – including new versions of several of our core solutions planned for 2007 – I look forward to collaborating with these individuals, as their insights and experience will prove invaluable in helping Endeavor maintain this accelerated pace.”
Formerly the product manager for Endeavor’s Meridian™ ERM solution and Analyzer™ reporting module, Kathryn Harnish will now serve as director of Product Management. In this new position, Harnish’s management responsibilities will span not only Meridian and Analyzer, but also the Voyager suite of products, including the company’s flagship integrated library system (ILS).
Harnish joined Endeavor in 1997 after gaining practical library experience serving as an IT librarian and reference librarian at Knox College and the University of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
As director of Product Management, Harnish will supervise a team of product managers, including the new product manager for Voyager, Mike Dicus.
An Endeavor employee since 2001, Dicus joins the company’s product management team after distinguishing himself in a variety of roles. Previously, he spent more than 15 years working in a series of increasingly responsible positions in both public and university libraries, serving as an assistant, associate and reference librarian, as well as a library director.
Dicus earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Beginning his career at Endeavor as a training consultant, Dicus has also served as a product specialist and sales manager, focused on educating Endeavor customers and prospects about the company’s Voyager, Analyzer and Meridian solutions.
Dicus looks forward to strengthening relationships with existing Voyager customers while promoting the software’s diverse capabilities at industry tradeshows, panel discussions and online seminars. He also anticipates a proactive relationship with the members of several customer groups and committees that provide Endeavor with valuable feedback regarding their interaction and experience with Voyager.
In July, Char Chase joined Endeavor’s Product Management group. As product manager for the company’s suite of digital library management products, Char directs the product management efforts for: Discovery: Finder™, Endeavor’s federated search offering; Discovery: Resolver™, Endeavor’s Open URL link resolving solution; and Remote IT Services (RITS), Endeavor’s hosted software solution.
Chase brings more than 15 years of software product management experience to this position. Prior to joining Endeavor, she held increasingly responsible product management positions with GTE, MCI, Covia and Lucent Technologies. At these organizations, Chase brought new products and services to market, helped develop end user interfaces and managed teams as large as 30 people.
Most recently, Chase served as senior product manager at Intrado Inc. where her responsibilities included managing more than $60 million in software products and services related to emergency 911 services. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, where she earned a BA in Sociology and Psychology. Later Chase earned an MBA from Dominican University with a specialty in Marketing.
Chase and Dicus will both be based at Endeavor’s headquarters in Des Plaines, IL. Harnish will split time between Des Plaines and a regional office in New England.
# # #About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.
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