PrestaShop announces new Chief Product Officer

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Charles Wells joins PrestaShop to lead all product, engineering, user experience and customer support teams

PrestaShop Chief Product Officer

[W]e are delighted to have Charles join as Chief Product Officer. With his leadership, our users can expect to see accelerated roadmaps and significant product innovations.

PrestaShop, an industry leader in open source solutions for ecommerce, today announces the appointment of Charles Wells as Chief Product Officer. As CPO, Charles will have all product, engineering, user experience and customer support teams reporting to him. Charles is the former Chief Product Officer at SmartFocus, formerly called Emailvision. During his time at Emailvision, Charles was responsible for doubling the number of users on their marketing cloud platform, significantly increasing the product teams and leading the integrations for multiple acquisitions.

PrestaShop CEO Benjamin Teszner says, “This is an important appointment for the entire PrestaShop community. Charles has over 25 years of experience in software design, development, delivery and support. He has lived and worked in almost every region in the world. On behalf of the board of directors, we are delighted to have Charles join as Chief Product Officer. With his leadership, our users can expect to see accelerated roadmaps and significant product innovations.”

“I’m extremely impressed with the vision and ambition of PrestaShop as well as the strength of the product organization,” says Charles Wells. “The world of ecommerce is on fire and with the right execution, this company will be the one to watch. I’m absolutely delighted to join the leadership team.” Prior to his role as CPO at Emailvision, Charles was EMEA Vice President of Solution Delivery for NetCracker Technology (NEC) and a former Director at Portal Software (Oracle). Originally from the US, Charles will be based in PrestaShop’s Paris office.

Since 2007, PrestaShop’s software has been downloaded over 4.3 million times and translated into 65 different languages. Today, more than 200,000 ecommerce stores are running on PrestaShop and the open source community includes 700,000 active members. Earlier this year, PrestaShop announced significant expansion plans throughout Europe including Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.

About PrestaShop
PrestaShop was founded in 2007 with a mission to provide world class ecommerce software through open source innovation. Today more than 200,000 ecommerce stores run on PrestaShop technology. The company provides software that enables users to have an online store at the lowest cost possible. The PrestaShop open source community includes 700,000 merchants, developers and web agencies from around the world. PrestaShop is the proud 2014 winner of two CMS Critic Awards for Best eCommerce Solution for SMBs, and Best eCommerce Solution for the Enterprise. The company has offices in the US and France, and is funded by Serena Capital, XAnge Private Equity and Seventure Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.prestashop.com

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