WellPoint Systems improves Marketing, Services with new appointments

Andrew Bird and Alan Hopp to provide Seasoned Marketing and Professional Services expertise

CALGARY, May 12 /CNW/ - WellPoint Systems Inc., (TSX-V:WPS), provider of software and solutions designed to transform complex data into actionable business insight for oil and gas industry executives, announced this week the appointment of Andrew Bird as senior vice president of marketing and Alan Hopp as vice president of professional services.

Bird will accelerate the company's global marketing strategy, expanding WellPoint's upstream and midstream solutions and its Asset Maintenance applications to a broader range of asset intensive industries.

Hopp will help build WellPoint's services division as it expands domestically and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience driving the growth of professional services and systems integration companies.

"Andrew joins our team with a wealth of experience and a track record of success in establishing market leadership and increasing market share for both start-up companies and well-established businesses," said Rick Slack, president and CEO of WellPoint Systems.

"WellPoint needed talented individuals who could shape the future of our company as we grow within oil and gas and also into new industries. Both Andrew and Alan will have an immediate impact as we strengthen our leadership position. Alan offers an outstanding balance of industry knowledge, business acumen and professional services expertise, which enhances the depth of our management team as we drive growth."

Prior to joining WellPoint, Bird propelled Configuresoft, the Compliance and Configuration Management specialists, to industry leadership as vice president of marketing there. Bird also served as executive vice president of marketing at Precise, helping to establish the company as the leading Application Performance Management ISV. His 25-year career includes international executive management roles at BMC Software and BGS Systems.

"WellPoint has built an enviable reputation in the oil & gas industry across the globe by delivering real customer value to its market," said Andrew Bird. "Having recently expanded its market reach with a range of enterprise application solutions built around Microsoft's Dynamics AX platform, married with the functional depth of their BOLO and IDEAS product lines, WellPoint has laid the foundation for the next phase of growth with an easy to deploy integrated ERP environment."

Prior to joining WellPoint, Hopp was general manager of ePartner's central region, a global business and technology services consultancy specializing in Microsoft Dynamics solutions. He started with ePartners as a London-based managing director, where he piloted international expansion. Prior to ePartners, Hopp was the founder and president of HRH Group, a consulting and system integration company focused on oil and gas clients around the world.

"WellPoint's professional services group is a tremendous asset. They are highly knowledgeable in oil and gas accounting for the upstream and midstream sectors each bringing years of experience from the field. They bring industry best practices to our customers as well as a deep understanding of the software," said Hopp.

About WellPoint Systems Inc.

WellPoint Systems delivers software solutions and services that transform complex data into business insight for over 450 companies in 60 countries worldwide. WellPoint Systems is recognized as a leader in providing Financial, Energy Trading and Risk Management solutions to the Oil and Gas industry with its award winning BOLO, IDEAS, Energy Financial Management and Energy Broker products. The company also serves asset intensive industries including aerospace/aviation, process manufacturing, mining, the public sector and fleets with its DAXEAM Asset Management solutions. Founded in 1997, Calgary-based WellPoint Systems is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol WPS.


For further information: For further information: please contact: Andrew D Bird, (720) 249-1032, Andrew.bird@wellpointsystems.com

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