Bazaarvoice has appointed a new UK-based International Vice President to grow the company’s European and Asian operations.

Andy Leaver joined the social commerce technology company this month and will be responsible for increasing the number of offices in each territory, hiring staff and growing the collection of brands that work with Bazaarvoice.

Bazaarvoice currently has offices in the UK, US, France and Singapore. It helps brands including Argos, Sephora, HP, Epson, Asda and Comet to incorporate social commerce technologies into the e-commerce experience through the industry’s most customisable technology, human content moderation and dedicated client services.

“Andy has a tremendous amount of experience in building successful global companies including General Electric, Ariba, and SuccessFactors. He’s a very strategic hire for Bazaarvoice as we rapidly expand existing operations across Europe and Asia,” said Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice. “We’re very pleased to welcome Andy to our team, and we look forward to growing our roster of global clients over the coming months.”

Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Andy previously led the EMEA team at SuccessFactors, a Talent and Performance management software business. Over two years he built the company to 100 people across 10 countries, winning over 350 customers including Nokia, Cable & Wireless, and Siemens.

He previously spent six years at spend management software company Ariba as EMEA VP, most recently transforming the business to an on-demand model.

“There are rare times in your life when you know you’ve just met a company that combines talent, passion, energy and product in an explosive way – Bazaarvoice has that elusive mix,” said Andy Leaver, International Vice President of Bazaarvoice. I look forward to creating and developing the Social Commerce phenomenon further in Europe and Asia.”

Headquartered in the US, Bazaarvoice currently operates regional offices in London, Paris and Singapore to service its worldwide client base. The company will host its second London Annual Social Commerce Summit on October 7 2009, featuring keynote presentations from QVC UK, Wired magazine, Internet Retailing and other thought leaders who will share their ideas for tapping the power of influencers to build and transform multichannel business. For more information, please visit http://www.socialcommercesummit.co.uk.

About Bazaarvoice
Bazaarvoice (www.bazaarvoice.co.uk) is a social commerce technology company. It helps over 525 brands globally including Argos, Boots, Halfords, Wickes, Thomas Cook, QVC and Boden to harness and amplify customer online word of mouth.

Bazaarvoice’s products - Ratings & Reviews™, Ask & Answer™ and Stories™ - are social commerce applications that drive sales. They enable customers to review products, ask and answer questions and share stories online; enhancing the online shopping experience and allowing them to make more informed and rewarding purchase decisions. Benefits for the retailer include content ownership, seamless customisation, increased search engine optimisation impact, advanced analytics and syndication across the web. Retailers can also leverage the content generated across on and offline marketing channels.

Founded in 2005, Bazaarvoice has offices in the UK, US, France and Singapore. The company was named in 2007’s Red Herring Global 100. The blog is at www.bazaarblog.com.

For further information please contact:
Claire Armitt
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claire.armitt@no-flannel.com
01273 779449 / 07985 297842

Published on: 12:44PM on 15th July 2009