It's been 10 years since we opened the doors in London to sell our first product, .xls. We decided right from the start that the company required a presence in both London and NY to serve our customers. When Don Roll, one of our early "friends and family" investors, became available after the Bridge merger with Knight-Ridder Financial, we decided to take the plunge. Our first London hire in February 1998 was Gail Jewsbury; she was our first sales person. Gail is still with us as our European Sales Director and has seen the countless changes over the years as we have grown our product line from just selling content on a transaction basis over the internet to a full range of work flow software solutions. Our London office has grown over the years and now provides sales, support, project management and software development for our customers in Europe and Asia.
On Tuesday night we took over the Northbank Restaurant on the Thames by the Millennium Bridge to celebrate this milestone. Over 100 attendees spanning our customers, content partners and employees joined us for the evening. It was a great way to say thanks to everyone for supporting us over the years and making Alacra possible.
We are looking forward to a bigger bash for our 20th Anniversary in 2018.
In the photos:
Sarah Parker (E&Y), Julia Duggan (E&Y), Rob Barrons (Alacra), Alecia Cummins (E&Y)
James McLaughlin (Citi), Andy Hughes (Citi), Gail Jewsbury (Alacra) ,Martin Ainsworth (Citi)
Donald Roll (Alacra), Jonathan Alexander (Merrill Lynch), Catherine Grist (Alacra) and Jeremy Bentley (Smartlogic)
Cathy McEwing (Alacra), Martin Yau (Dresdner), Mohammad Hossain (Alacra)