Owings Mills, MD — April 18, 2003 — Avatech Solutions, a provider of design automation and quality assurance solutions for the manufacturing, building design and engineering markets, has appointed Eric Pratt as its new president and chief operating officer.
According to Avatech, Pratt's appointment is a step in the new management's plan to position the company in the product lifecycle management (PLM) arena and take advantage of growth opportunities ahead.
Pratt's most recent position was vice president of Business Development at Sonus Networks Inc. Prior to the merger between Sonus and Telecom Technologies Inc., Pratt served as executive vice president — Sales, Marketing and Professional Services Division at TTI and oversaw the $800 million merger of the two companies. Pratt was instrumental in a turnaround of the TTI professional services division, and also increased bookings by 1,500 percent ($9million to $135 million) in one year. Under his leadership, TTI was awarded numerous marketing industry awards.
"Eric has a keen ability to build solid teams, develop professional services organizations and leverage momentum within a company to drive it to the next level," said Scotty Walsh, CEO. "We expect Eric to move us firmly into the PLM space."
"I look forward to working with the entire Avatech Solutions team to build on its success," said Pratt. "My goal is to help our customers maximize the advantages of PLM along with Avatech's entire set of product and service offerings."
Prior to TTI, Pratt served as vice president at InterVoice-Brite. He led the network services division team to grow revenues by 20 percent in two years, enabling the company to successfully compete head-to-head against much larger, established competitors including Nortel Networks and Lucent.
Formally educated as an industrial engineer, Pratt began his career in the manufacturing industry with Texas Instruments. Using his combination of leadership, sales and marketing, and engineering skills, Pratt said he would work to establish Avatech as a major provider in the PLM market.