Howard Gwin, Software Industry Expert, Joins Kinaxis Board of Directors

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Experienced Software-as-a-Service Executive a Key Resource as Company Introduces On-Demand Response Management Service.

It’s exciting to work with Kinaxis on their SaaS offering

Kinaxis™ Inc., a provider of Response Management solutions for improving brand owner and manufacturers’ operations performance, announces the appointment of Mr. Howard Gwin to its Board of Directors. In a separate release today, Kinaxis also announced its on-demand Response Management service, RapidResponse™.

Mr. Gwin is a seasoned software expert and Executive Management Consultant with 25 years experience at various global technology and software organizations. He is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) champion, acquiring a deep understanding of on-demand offerings through his tenure as a board member at leading SaaS companies, Taleo Corporation and Marqui Corporation.

“It’s exciting to work with Kinaxis on their SaaS offering,” stated Mr. Gwin. “I truly believe that by introducing RapidResponse as a subscription-based, on-demand service, Kinaxis is providing itself with an attractive and sustainable business model for the long-term. Putting itself at the forefront of SaaS offerings in the supply chain management arena, the on-demand RapidResponse service will help Kinaxis build on its current business momentum to fuel added revenue growth and market penetration as more leading brand owners and electronic manufacturers adopt this truly unique and powerful Response Management service.”

Introduced today, the web-based, on-demand RapidResponse service empowers brand owners and manufacturers with multi-enterprise visibility and decision support tools to respond with speed and confidence to constant changes in supply, demand, capacity and product. Kinaxis will now offer the rich and proven capabilities of RapidResponse in a delivery model that simplifies adoption for customers by reducing implementation risk, ownership costs, and required IT resources. For full release visit:

“It has been of great benefit to draw on Howard’s SaaS expertise and insight during this particular time of our development and growth,” said Douglas Colbeth, Kinaxis CEO. “Beyond that, Howard has extensive experience with global software organizations that focus on improving operations performance which is extremely relevant to our business. Howard is an accomplished executive with strong business acumen we can rely on for sound counsel.”

After spending 13 years in senior sales, marketing, and operational roles with IBM Corporation and Xerox Corporation, Mr. Gwin joined PeopleSoft Inc. in 1994, serving in a number of senior executive roles that culminated in the position of Executive Vice President, World Wide Operations. During his six-year tenure, the company grew from $100 million in sales to $1.3 billion. In 2000, Mr. Gwin became president and COO of Solect Technology Group, a global provider of billing, customer care and service management software for the telecommunications industry, where he helped orchestrate the sale of Solect to Amdocs Inc. (US$1.3B) which marked the largest transaction ever for a private Canadian software company.

Mr. Gwin currently serves on the Board of Directors of several technology companies including: Longview Solutions Corp. (Chairman), Marqui Corporation (Chairman), MKS Inc., Taleo Corporation, and Blast Radius Inc. He has previously served on the boards of: Pivotal Corporation, Oasis Technology Ltd. (Chairman), Wysdom Inc., and Changepoint Corporation.

About Kinaxis

Kinaxis stands alone in delivering an on-demand Response Management service that drives operations performance management for brand owners and contract manufacturers. RapidResponse extends beyond supply chain planning systems to enable global leaders such as Casio, Coty, Honeywell, Jabil Circuit, Raytheon and Benchmark to access real-time information; quickly collaborate to reach optimal decisions that align with corporate objectives; and rapidly drive effective action when faced with constant changes. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at or the company’s blog at

Copyright © 2006 Kinaxis Inc. All rights reserved. Kinaxis, the Kinaxis logo, RapidResponse, on-demand RapidResponse service, Active Spreadsheets, AlwaysOn Analytics, RapidResponse Live Scorecard, and Resolution Engine are trademarks of Kinaxis Inc. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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