BRUSSELS (January 24, 2006) — Kellen Europe has been selected to advise, govern and create the legal/fiscal structure for the new non-profit association, the European Software Association. Located in Brussels, Kellen Europe is a division of the Kellen Company, a global professional services firm, and the premier international association management company (AMC).
The European Software Association represents more than 25 European software companies, serving as the voice of the European Independent Software Vendor (ISV) community. Its founding companies are CODA, Business Objects, Dassault Systemes, Mamut ASA, Logica CMG, SAP, and Unit 4 Agresso.
The principal mission of the association is to shape and reinforce the activities of the European software industry by working closely with European Union legislators and other industry stakeholders to become a key interface with EU institutions, media and the general public on matters impacting the software industry. The European Software Association provides EU policy makers with the information they need to deliver effective legislation for the benefit of European industry and consumers.
“We firmly believe this industry can make a major contribution toward innovation in Europe,” said Jeremy Roche, chairman of the board of directors of the European Software Association. We selected Kellen Europe because Kellen is well versed in managing major associations and providing leadership to them.”
“We are very proud that the European Software Association chose Kellen to provide strategic advice and help in the creation of the association. The Kellen Europe team will focus its efforts on helping the association reach its important goals”, says Katrijn Otten, a manager at Kellen Europe and Secretary General of this new association.
About the European Software Association
The European Software Association was created by 25 independent European Software Vendor (ISV) companies in October 2005. ISV members of the association work with EU policy makers and other European stakeholders to foster innovation, growth and employment as well as competitiveness within the European software industry. The IT industry employs around 9 million people across Europe, and generates revenues of around €226 billion.
For more information, visit www.europeansoftware.org.