Online Store Builder Ecwid Names Jim O’Hara President

Industry Veteran Will Lead Global Expansion For Ecwid’s Fast-Growing, Cloud-based Store Building Software

SAN DIEGO--()--Ecwid, Inc., producer of the world’s first platform-neutral, drop-in store building software, has announced the appointment of Jim O’Hara as company president. He will be based in Ecwid’s U.S. headquarters office in San Diego, California.

“We will continue to provide innovative new products and features for our customers and partners in every region and on every platform, and are prepared to execute on the extraordinary opportunity ahead.”

Ecwid’s cloud-based widget, which can be embedded easily into any web, mobile or social network page in minutes, is the second largest store-building application on Facebook and is gaining wide acceptance on all platforms as a full-featured yet easy-to-deploy instant storefront. Ecwid ( powers over 180,000 stores in 174 countries and is available in over 40 languages.

“Jim has extensive experience building emerging businesses through innovative marketing, partnership development and consistent sales execution,” says Ruslan R. Fazlyev, Ecwid’s founder and CEO. “This makes him the ideal choice to open up new markets and facilitate Ecwid’s rapid expansion worldwide.”

Jim O’Hara has over 25 years of experience leading enterprise technology companies to high growth by penetrating new vertical, geographical and partner markets. As vice president of worldwide sales and business development for LiveOffice, he guided the market-leading cloud archiving provider to over 350% growth over four years.

In addition, he transitioned LiveOffice from an SMB-only to an enterprise sales focus, a US-only to a global go-to-market with customers in over 70 countries, and from direct-only sales to a collaborative model with a complex partner ecosystem. The transformation resulted in LiveOffice engaging hundreds of partners globally, penetrating multiple new vertical markets, appearing in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant and ultimately being acquired by Symantec in January, 2012.

Prior to LiveOffice, O’Hara held senior-level sales and business development positions at market-leading technology companies including six years at Symantec and Veritas (acquired by Symantec in 2005), where he led the worldwide service provider and system integrator sales teams to triple-digit growth. Previously, O’Hara was vice president of business development at StorageNetworks (IPO in 2000), and also held sales management roles at Cisco Systems.

Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame and attended business school at Loyola Marymount University. He sits on the boards of Bidsync, LocalSense, the Ogden Raptors and Father Joe’s Villages.

”Ecwid has an incredibly simple yet powerful value proposition for online businesses globally, and its continued growth trajectory is truly exciting,” comments O’Hara. “We will continue to provide innovative new products and features for our customers and partners in every region and on every platform, and are prepared to execute on the extraordinary opportunity ahead.”

Ecwid’s widget is the first and only store builder developed entirely in AJAX, so it can be easily embedded into millions of existing websites regardless of their platform. Even non-technical users can create a store in under five minutes. A free option is available and monthly plans start at $17 (U.S.).

Ecwid integrates seamlessly with major CMS and site builder platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Yola, Basekit, Squarespace, Parallels Sitebuilder and many others, as well as all blog formats and major social networks including Facebook, Ning or any OpenSocial-enabled network. Ecwid’s widget accepts payments from all major payment systems such as PayPal, Google Checkout and FirstData. Ecwid’s recently launched program makes it easy for partners to offer Ecwid to their customer base.

About Ecwid - Ecwid is a free, full-featured SaaS-based store-building widget, compatible with any existing web, mobile or social site and payment system. The Ecwid Facebook app is the second largest shopping cart application on Facebook. Over 180,000 storefronts worldwide use Ecwid, which is available in over 40 languages.

Ecwid is a trademark of Ecwid, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.


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