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TXT Maple Lake targets growth in North America

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(25 April 2013, USA) TXT Maple Lake, a leading provider of integrated and collaborative planning solutions, is increasing its presence in North America. Following the acquisition of Toronto headquartered retail planning specialist Maple Lake in September 2012, TXT Maple Lake has now appointed two new senior executives to help expand activities in the region: Curtis Popovich joins TXT as Sales Director for North America; while Shanti Dev will be in charge of Business Development.

TXT Maple Lake already works with a number of leading retailers and apparel brands in North America, including Guess, Marc Jacobs and LS Travel Retail and, since merging Maple Lake into the business, serves clients such as Aeropostale, Columbia and Levi’s Strauss & Co.

“Under the leadership of Curtis and Shanti we now have a very strong sales and marketing team in North America who can successfully pursue the great opportunity that this region represents for TXT Maple Lake,” said Simone Pozzi, VP Sales & Marketing at TXT. “We have a very innovative Integrated Retail Planning solution that perfectly suits the sophisticated retail planning requirements of the North American market. We have also aligned a strong consulting team that, together with our partners, can deliver large scale projects.”

TXT chairman, Alvise Braga Illa, speaking at its annual Thinking Retail! conference in London last month, confirmed the importance of the North American market for the strategic plans of TXT: “We have been very successful in Europe so far, with a comprehensive proposition of advanced retail planning functionality, state-of-the-art technology, and strong business process expertise. Now we are executing in all dimensions – commercial, delivery and support – to bring this proposition to North America.”

Curtis Popovich, based in TXT’s Canadian Toronto office, was until recently at Demandware, having previously held sales leadership positions at Quantum Retail, Oracle Retail and Sterling Commerce.  Curtis will lead the sales process in North America and bring his sales leadership experience with key accounts.

Shanti Dev, based in San Francisco, previously ran his own company in the Financial Services Sector after having held a number of senior management positions at i2 Technologies (now part of JDA). Shanti will lead business development including generating new business and establishing alliances with consulting partners in North America.

About TXT MAPLE LAKE

TXT MAPLE LAKE is a leading provider of integrated and collaborative planning solutions for the Retail and Fashion sectors. Its proven expertise in Merchandise and Assortment Planning, Allocation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Demand Forecasting & Replenishment contribute to maximizing sales and profitability for retailers and fashion brands worldwide.

The company’s customers represent many of the leading global retailers and brands, including: Aeropostale, Arcadia Group, Auchan, Barneys New York, Chicco, Columbia, Desigual, Geox, Guess, Levi Strauss & Co., Loewe, Louis Vuitton Malletier, Steve Madden and Tesco.

TXT e-solutions acquired Maple Lake in September 2012, extending its global reach and further expanding its practice in Integrated Retail Planning. TXT e-solutions is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (TXT.MI). Headquarters are in Milan, with offices throughout Italy, France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, the company also has several partners worldwide.

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.