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eCommerce Industries, Inc. (“ECi”) Enters New Management Era

7 Jan, 2009

eCommerce Industries, Inc. (“ECi”) Enters New Management Era

Fort Worth, TX (January 1, 2008) – In a move reflecting the continued effort to enhance competitive positioning and focus on customer needs in a challenging economic environment, ECi has named Ron Books President.

"This marks another exciting chapter for ECi. No one is in better touch with the needs of our customers than Ron” said Deven Parekh, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, ECi’s lead investor and the chairman of ECi’s board of directors. “ECi will continue to deliver compelling solutions to our growing base of almost 5,000 customers as we endeavor to better serve our vast dealer network. We remain highly committed to building the number one provider of software solutions to SME customers in the markets we serve.”

Books has been with ECi for almost a decade, spending the majority of that time working directly with the independent dealers and distributors trying to understand the specific business and software needs across their highly specialized markets. He has chaired many of the past ECi dealer advisory conferences and, over the years, has personally spoken to and met with thousands of independent dealers and distributors.

“I have been fortunate enough to spend a substantial amount of my time at ECi getting to know the industries we serve and working directly with our dealerships and the people who make those businesses work,” Books said. “Many of our customers have shared their challenges and successes with me — which I have used, and will continue to use, to help drive the direction and focus of ECi and its solutions. These personal relationships have given me significant insight into how all of our customers increasingly use technology to continue to grow their businesses in a cost efficient manner, especially in today’s difficult economy. We have great and committed employees at ECi whose job it is to wake up every day and create new ways to make our customers stronger, larger and more profitable.”

Books move to president follows the departure of former CEO Dan Pritchard. ECi has recently made two key incremental customer oriented hires, naming Michael Gibson SVP of Worldwide Sales and Trevor Greunewald as Senior Vice President.

“We have a strong and growing leadership team in place and our focus to strengthen our customers’ businesses has never been greater,” Books said. “We are all excited about the future of ECi and the markets we serve and will continue to bring in top tier talent as we continue to grow.”

Books joined ECi while working with its then subsidiary Online Office Supplies Company (“OOSC”) in 1999. He was quickly promoted to President of OOSC in 2000, before successfully selling off that business unit in 2001. He continued on as Vice President of Sales for ECi being promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations in 2003 and COO in 2006. Prior to working with ECi, Ron was as a senior member of Lucent Technologies New Business Development team.

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