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SOFTPRO: Founder Heinz Reschke returns as CEO

03-31-2008 12:48 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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Heinz Reschke, CEO - Reschke founded SOFTPRO in 1983

Heinz Reschke, CEO - Reschke founded SOFTPRO in 1983

Softpro GmbH, the world's leading vendor of systems for capture and verification of handwritten signatures, today announced the appointment of Heinz Reschke, 60, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reschke took over this key position at the company several weeks ago, receiving a very warm welcome of the Softpro team. In the meantime Reschke triggered a series of initiatives aimed at refocusing the company and providing enhanced customer experience as well as building on Softpro's legacy of innovation. Effective today the new management structure is in place.

"Reschke is the original architect of Softpro and the visionary behind the unique customer experience that is at the heart of this remarkable company's success," said Andreas Wigger, chairman of Softpro's Supervisory Board. "Given what the Board believes needs to be done, there is no better person to drive change and ensure that Softpro is positioned to innovate, execute and relentlessly focus the entire organization on the customer."

Heinz Reschke was CEO of the company for an astonishing 17 years until the end of 2000 where he retired to the board of directors. During his period, the Company enjoyed exceptional international growth and opened offices in the United States and Singapore. Today, Softpro has customers and partners all around the world. Long-time partners of Softpro characterize Reschke as a dedicated professional with a hands-on attitude that knows how to get things done.

Reschke founded the company almost 25 years ago in December 1983. It is therefore nowonder that Reschke is regarded as "the soul of Softpro". In the past seven years Reschke continued to be a major shareholder of the company however he concentrated on projects "he always wanted to do but never had the time for". Within those years he built a very extensive network in the financial community and had the chance "to see my company from the outside, get the customers' eye on things."

As chief executive officer, Reschke has retaken responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the company, with a predominant focus on everything that touches the customer. Reschke adds "One of my missions is to add value for our customers, partner and employees in putting a dedicated focus on sustainability, reliability and trustworthiness in our every day work."

"I am enthusiastic about returning to the role of chief executive officer for the long term and excited to lead Softpro to even greater heights of achievement on a global basis," Reschke said. "We are recommitting ourselves to what has made Softpro unique: providing best-in-class in fraud detection and prevention for paper based payments the banking industry as well as delivery trustworthy solutions for electronic signatures based on handwritten signatures. We are eager to earn the trust of our customers every day - by the way we conduct our business, how we treat each other as people and how we act as a responsible corporate citizen."

Joerg-M. Lenz
Manager PR
Wilhelmstrasse 34
71034 Boeblingen
Phone: +49 7031 6606 0
Fax: +49 7031 6606 66

The SOFTPRO Group is the worldwide leading vendor of systems for capture and verification of handwritten signatures. The company is based in Boeblingen, Germany with local subsidiaries in North America (Wilmington, Delaware), the United Kingdom, and Asia-Pacific (Singapore).

The group currently employs an international staff of over 60 people, enabling more than 200 companies worldwide to streamline their document and transaction workflows.

With its Biometric product line, SOFTPRO provides solutions for securing the authenticity and integrity of documents within electronic processes, such as those required for legal contracts. For this purpose, a unique signature technology is used to extract and evaluate both the static and dynamic (biometric) characteristics of handwritten signatures. SOFTPRO’s "Fraud Prevention Solutions" portfolio provides a holistic approach to detecting and preventing fraud in paper-based processes (such as payment transactions), as well as increasing operational efficiency using signature management and verification solutions.
Among SOFTPRO’s customers are American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Discover Financial, Ingolstadt Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Lloyds TSB, SEB, Standard Bank of South Africa, TeleCash (First Data) and Wachovia.
Since 2002, the offer to secure electronic documents with handwritten signatures extended the customer portfolio of SOFTPRO to other industries such as banking and insurance, health/pharma, retail, government, automotive and logistics.

Frost & Sullivan, one of the leading growth consulting companies worldwide, presented SOFTPRO GmbH with its "Customer Service Leadership Award 2007" for having excelled in serving its customers and gaining superior customer satisfaction levels. This award recognizes the company that has gained the best insights into customer needs and product demands.

SOFTPRO's shareholders are GE Capital (since 1998), AdCapital (since 2001) founders and management.

SOFTPRO's partners include: A2iA, Adobe, BancTec, Beta Systems (Kleindienst), Carreker/CheckFree, DISOFT Pro, Fujitsu Siemens Computers / Fujitsu, Gateway, Gijima AST, HP, IBM, Interlink, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motion Computing, Toshiba, UNISYS and Wacom as well as APP Informatik Davos.

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