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Francisco Partners taps software industry veteran to drive growth and extend market leadership

Press Releases — Oct 24, 2012



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Kewill Ltd. a leading global provider of software solutions that streamline global trade and logistics, today announced the appointment of Robert "Bob" Farrell as CEO. Most recently, Mr. Farrell was president and CEO of EDGAR Online, a leading global provider of XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) software, services and data where he managed the sale of the company to RR Donnelly & Sons (NASDAQ: RRD).

Prior to EDGAR Online, Bob was chairman and CEO of Metastorm, a global provider of business process management software and solutions that was acquired by OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX). Farrell was president of the Americas for Mercator Software, a NASDAQ-listed provider of enterprise application integration software prior to Metastorm. He was also chief operating officer at LeadingSide, where he led day-to-day operations for the global provider of knowledge-driven information retrieval and also served as executive vice president of international operations at Computer Horizons, a worldwide provider of IT services and solutions to Fortune 1000 and government organisations. Earlier in his career, Bob held positions at several large organisations including E. F. Hutton, American Express and Grumman Data Systems.

"We are delighted to have Bob join Kewill as CEO," said Deep Shah, Partner with Francisco Partners, and Kewill board member. "Across our portfolio we are focused on leadership, integrity and growth. Bob brings those values and experience to Kewill. His track record as a thoughtful and successful leader is exceptional. We expect great things from him and his leadership team."

"I'm very pleased to be a part of Kewill," stated Farrell, president and CEO of Kewill Ltd. "The company has a global market presence, a strong track record of success and, I believe, enormous opportunity for growth. The strategy and expertise that resides in the company, coupled with the support of Francisco Partners, puts us in an excellent position for great things."

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