An experienced leader from the U.S. to head a Russian startup

An experienced leader from the U.S. to head a Russian startupUlyanovsk startup Ecwid that develops a cloud application for online stores invited Jim O `Hara who previously worked at LiveOffice, U.S. provider of cloud storage, to head the company. The new team member will work at Ecwid’s U.S. office in San Diego.

Ecwid offers its clients an opportunity to install an online store on their website for 5 minutes. It can work in all browsers and on all devices without Flash plugin. Even those users who have little to do with the programming can add a shop to an existing site or social network page for a couple of minutes. Ecwid accepts payments from all major payment systems such as PayPal, Authorize.net or QIWI purse. The base rate of Ecwid supports up to 100 items of goods per an online store and is free of charge; you can also upgrade to advance rate that offers a range of up to 20 thousand items worth $17 a month.

Jim O'Hara has a successful experience in the capacity of the vice president for international trade and business in LiveOffice Company – a provider of cloud backup solutions and data storage. O'Hara worked 4 years at the company, the revenues and the number of clients of LiveOffice grew by more than 350% during that period.

In addition, O `Hara has worked at Symantec and Veritas companies in the position of the leading specialist in sales and business development, he was the vice president of business development at StorageNetworks, and was also engaged in sales management at Cisco Systems. The overall experience of O'Hara in high-tech companies is more than 25 years.

Eugene Kaznacheyev, Ecwid’s evangelist, reported to Cnews.ru that his startup had its CEO - Ruslan Fazlyev, but no president. Jim has extensive experience developing new business through the latest marketing tools by developing partnerships and a logical sales policy - Ruslan Fazlyev says, the CEO and founder of the company. - It makes Jim an ideal candidate for developing new markets and active promotion of Ecwid in the global marketplace.

Recall that startup Ecwid received $1.5 M investment from Runa Capital venture fund in December 2011. This allowed the company to open an office in the U.S., which will promote the products in America. The office will be headed by O'Hara, who will also select the team.

Ecwid, Inc. was founded by Ruslan Fazlyev in September, 2009 as branch of Creative Development Company, which created a platform for E-Commerce X-Cart. Ecwid project won The Next Web 2010 contest in Amsterdam and became the winner of Business Project 2010 sponsored by Google and Forbes Russia. R. Fazlyev left X-Cart team to devote all his time to Ecwid.