Aspen Technology Appoints John Bell as Senior Vice President, EMEA Operations

December 9, 2005
Bell Assumes Overall Leadership of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Region, Including Responsibility for Sales and Professional Services

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2005-- Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:AZPN) today announced that John Bell has been appointed to the company's executive team as Senior Vice President, EMEA Operations. Bell will have overall leadership of the EMEA organization, including responsibility for the sales and professional services teams and the regional support functions.

Bell joined AspenTech earlier in 2005 as head of sales for EMEA. He brings to the new position extensive senior management experience with enterprise-level software companies, including roles with full regional profit and loss responsibility. Prior to joining AspenTech, Bell served as EMEA Regional Director for MatrixOne, a leader in collaborative product lifecycle management solutions, where he drove a strong sales-oriented culture that led to a 300 percent revenue growth in fiscal 2003-4.

Bell previously served as Vice President, EMEA, for SAP Portals UK, where he created a new business sales and support team that helped to capture first place in the UK portal market. Earlier senior-level management roles included Vice President, Europe at Infinium Software, where he quadrupled license sales, and Middle East Regional Director for Oracle, where he was awarded the top growth award within his division. Bell has also held management positions at Information Resources and CPS Computer Group.

"The EMEA market remains a major focus for AspenTech, and we are strongly committed to delivering outstanding value and service to our many important customers there," said Mark Fusco, President and CEO, AspenTech. "John Bell's experience in building high performing sales and professional services teams will provide a solid foundation for supporting those customers, and for reinvigorating the growth of AspenTech's business across the region."

Bell holds a degree in Economics from Oxford Brookes University.

About AspenTech

Aspen Technology, Inc. provides industry-leading software and professional services that help process companies improve efficiency and profitability by enabling them to model, manage and control their operations. AspenTech's integrated aspenONE(TM) solutions are aligned with the key industry business processes, providing manufacturers the capabilities they need to optimize operational performance, make real-time decisions and synchronize the plant and supply chain. Over 1,500 leading companies already rely on AspenTech's software, including Bayer, BASF, BP, Chevron Corporation, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Fluor, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Shell, and Total. For more information, visit

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