Groove Networks names new COO, VP

Groove Networks Inc. today announced the appointment of a chief operating officer and a vice president of its government systems business.

Chuck Teubner, a 30-year industry veteran, will be joining the company as president and COO to oversee day-to-day operations. He will report directly to CEO and Chairman Ray Ozzie at the Beverly, Mass.-based company. Groove also named Kelly Collins to be vice president of government systems, a new position based in a recently opened Washington sales office.

"Chuck's appointment as president and COO will help accelerate our efforts in becoming a world-class provider of collaborative enterprise software and services," said Ozzie, adding that Teubner's experience "will prove invaluable to Groove Networks as it scales to serve the needs of the company's global enterprise customers."

Teubner, 55, started as a programmer/analyst and manager of application development at the U.S. Department of Defense.

He spent much of his early career at Emeryville, Calif.-based Sybase Inc. developing sales offices, eventually becoming a senior vice president there. Prior to working at Sybase, Teubner held executive positions at Framingham, Mass.-based Computer Corporation of America and Martin Marietta Corp. Most recently, he served as COO at Annapolis, Md.-based USinternetworking Inc.

Collins comes to Groove with 20 years of computer industry sales experience; she most recently worked at Bowstreet Inc. in Portsmouth, N.H.

Groove launched its first product, Groove 1.0, almost a year ago. The company's official launch six months earlier was accompanied by much fanfare and testimonials to Ozzie's vision by digerati.

Groove has since modified its peer-to-peer underpinnings to assuage the fears of potential corporate customers who were concerned that security and control would suffer in a strictly peer-to-peer model (see story).

Microsoft Corp. is heavily committed to Groove, both financially and technologically. Microsoft provided $51 million in funding to the real-time collaboration company.

Groove founder Ozzie created Notes messaging and collaboration software through Iris Associates, a company he founded in 1984. Iris was later bought by Lotus Development Corp. in Cambridge, Mass., just before Lotus was purchased by IBM.

Lotus Software Group's Notes and Domino and Microsoft's Exchange and Outlook software are the two dominant messaging platforms for corporations worldwide.

Microsoft has also said it will likely rely upon Groove technology for some of its Web services development.

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