BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 8, 2008 - Explore Consulting, a professional services company specializing in web-based business systems and one of this region's fastest-growing companies, today announced the appointment of Kendall Kunz as Chief Executive Officer.
A four-time CEO and 20-year technology industry veteran, Kunz
brings proven leadership in software development, IT Services and internet strategies.
at the helm and its own double-digit growth momentum, Explore
is better positioned than ever to capitalize on the tremendous market opportunity in the IT Services business.
Explore was recently named one of the nation's fastest-growing private companies on the Inc. 5000 list and was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal
as one of the region's 100 fastest-growing private companies in 2007.
In the first quarter of this year ended March 31, Explore
achieved 35% organic growth in revenue over the same quarter of 2007.
Rapid growth in demand for integration solutions by mid-market companies, momentum of NetSuite
, a cornerstone of Explore's
solution set and international demand are among the forces driving Explore's success and market opportunity.
"The IT services business has never seen such great opportunity and it's a thrill to provide leadership and innovation in such an underserved market with a company whose core values match my own," said Kunz
"By building upon Explore's integrity, outstanding solutions and customer loyalty, I am confident we can reach our goal of growing the company 10-fold in five years."
As former CEO of Aris Corporation, an IT Services firm, Kunz helped grow the company 80-fold to over 950 employees and took it public in 1997.
Prior to joining Aris, Kunz spent four years in consulting at Oracle Corporation [NASDAQ: ORCL].
He has also served as CEO of KickPlay, Inc., Full Armor Studios, Inc., and a real estate venture, The Florida Land Company, LLC.
Kunz serves on several boards of directors including Seattle-based Fuzzy Games, Inc., Naples-based Agent Shield, Inc., and the Washington Academy of Languages.
As CEO, Kunz will replace Steve Jones, Explore co-founder who will remain with the company as Chief Technology Officer.
on board will help us deliver on our expansion goals while enabling me to focus on growing and diversifying our service offerings including building out vertical solutions and meeting the international market opportunity."