At the event, Box announced the formation of its non-US headquarters in the UK, a customer engagement with the London Borough of Hounslow, and a partnership with Methods, a UK technology advisory firm for the public sector. The new office expands the company’s existing presence in London, and enables Box to continue to grow its employee base in the UK and throughout Europe. David Quantrell, Box senior vice president and general manager for EMEA, said, “As we expanded in Europe and witnessed growing demand for Box, we decided that London was not just an ideal location for an office, but also a great place to establish an official headquarters for our international operations. London is a central hub in the world economy and home to a fantastic pool of talent. Just as importantly, the UK government’s Patent Box regime and other recent economic initiatives provide us with a supportive environment for continuing to grow and expand aggressively around the world.” The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “It is fantastic news that one of Silicon Valley’s finest, Box, has opted to locate their non-US headquarters in London. This comes after Box took part in my programme held during the Olympic Games last year that gave investors a taste of all that London has to offer. This arrival is further welcome evidence of London’s status as a leading tech capital helped by the availability of a talented workforce, the work space and world beating universities.” Since first opening a London office in June 2012, Box has more than doubled user growth outside of the US and continues to expand throughout Europe, hiring more than 80 employees in the region. In addition to growing its existing offices in London, Munich and Paris, Box has recently added employees in the UK to address growing demand for partnerships and sales in the Nordics, Benelux, Spain and Italy. Overall, Box has more than 20 million users worldwide at more than 180,000 businesses. The company saw 150% increase in sales in 2012 and is on pace to more than double again in the current year. Hounslow Chooses Box, Continues to Pioneer Cloud Transition The London Borough of Hounslow, a local government council that supports more than 250,000 residents in the UK, joins global Box customers such as Procter & Gamble, Rosetta Stone, Schneider Electric, Heathrow Airport and Royal Haskoning DHV. The Council chose Box to address its need for secure collaboration with internal teams and external partner agencies, as well as document management for its departments. Anthony Kemp, director corporate resources at London Borough of Hounslow, said, “We are delighted to have signed with Box.
Judy O’Rourke to receive OBE from United Kingdom
Judy O’Rourke O’Rourke is the Syracuse facilitator of the Lockerbie Scholarships, which allow two students from Lockerbie to come to Syracuse annually for one year of study. Nearly 50 young men and women from Lockerbie have come to SU since the program’s inception in 1990. “In everything she has done, Judy has gone far beyond what her job would require in providing support to the students who have gone from Lockerbie Academy to Syracuse University,” Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell told the Scottish press. “It is therefore fitting that she is honored for her outstanding and long-lasting friendship with Lockerbie and huge personal contribution she has made to U.S. and U.K. relations in the most difficult of circumstances.” “The Lockerbie Scholarship is something that is truly a life-changing experience, and Judy ORourke has helped provide that experience to close to 50 students now, says Fergus Barrie, a 2011-12 Lockerbie Scholar who is now a junior in sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics . In August 2011, Judy greeted me at the airport with open arms and welcomed me into her home. Ever since then she has been there to help me throughout my time here. Now, two years after being a Lockerbie Scholar, she still shows the same amount of support that she did during my first weeks on campus. I know that this level of support and passion has been present ever since the first scholar came to Syracuse. Judys efforts throughout the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal and she is a great example of the extremely strong bonds that Lockerbie now shares with Syracuse, Barrie says.