He Comes from Within

O'Meara at the Commerx Helm

Westchester, Ill., December 7, 2000  Commerx ended its nationwide search for a CEO this week when it named an internal candidate, David O'Meara, to the permanent position. Effective immediately, 47-year-old O'Meara  a veteran of the telecommunication and Internet industries -- transitions from vice president of corporate development after the Commerx Board of Directors voted unanimously on his appointment.

"After reviewing a number of internal and external candidates, we found that David's vast technology industry knowledge, depth and breadth of experience and individual skill set rooted in the fast-paced technology space made him the right individual for the job," said Commerx co-founder and chairman of the board Tim Stojka.

Prior to joining Commerx, O'Meara served as vice president, business development, for Sterling Commerce. Earlier, he was director of business development at Amsterdam-based Unisource, a pan-European provider of telecommunications services, where he led acquisitions and investments across Western Europe. There, he was involved with starting an operation in Germany, in partnership with Mannesman, that subsequently became one of the largest acquisitions ever, valued at over $160 billion. O'Meara also was co-founder and CEO of Post GEM, a leading provider of value added global electronic messaging services.

As CEO, O'Meara will focus on expanding existing customer relationships, including those with Mitsubishi, Alberto Culver and Nypro and emphasize customer acquisition.

O'Meara replaces Jeff Garwood, who was named interim CEO in late October. "Jeff stepped in and provided leadership at a critical time," Stojka said. "The board is very appreciative of Jeff's efforts at providing continuity during this transitionary period."

O'Meara has a bachelor of business studies and bachelor of arts degree in economics and business from Trinity College in Dublin.