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Commtouch Opens European Office in U.K.

Having recently signed new customers in Europe, e-mail outsourcing supplier Commtouch announced Thursday it has opened a U.K. office.

Rene Montsma, Commtouch vice president and general manager for Europe, will head up the office. A former manager at British Telecom Europe, Montsma will be recruiting other staff, Commtouch having already expanded from 35 employees a year ago to 250 today.

Montsma said there was great intensification in the U.K. and Europe as part of a global explosion in the email outsourcing market.

"Portals, community sites, ISPs and wireless operators are recognizing the power of integrated, branded email to increase consumer loyalty, brand affinity and permission-based marketing as a means to targeted communication," said Montsma.

Recent European business for Commtouch has included a deal to run email services for sports portal Sportal. The company has other deals with Excite UK, RTL, and Scandinavia Online.

For its clients, including 290 key accounts, Commtouch serves 10 million active email boxes. It signed 101 new customers in the last quarter of 1999, including 35 international sites, and now provides interfaces in 18 languages.

The U.K. office is Commtouch's first European presence, its others being in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Tel Aviv.