Founder Leaves Interwoven

Content infrastructure software maker Interwoven marked the departure of its founder and chairman of the board Peng T. Ong this week.

Ong has left the board to pursue projects in Asia and will participate in the business on an as-needed basis.

In 1995, Ong changed the company name from Codery to Interwoven and started with a simple idea: when you get a lot of people working on a lot of parts, all of which need to come together for one product, you need a system. This applies whether you are building cars or chips or software.

Interwoven targets big Web sites because they are exponentially more complicated. Clients include Cisco, AT&T, Nortel, Federal Express, and Gap, Inc. Its principal product is TeamSite, which combines the functions of content management, version control, work flow, and application development in an open, standards-based platform that allows large numbers of contributors across an enterprise to add Web content in a well-managed manner.

Taking over the Ong’s chairman post is Martin Brauns, who retains his CEO title.

“I would like to thank Peng Ong for his founding inspiration and great service as a technical resource and board member,” says Brauns.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company best known for its XML-centric software Tuesday also said its senior vice president and COO John Van Siclen has been promoted as the company’s president and COO.

“Over the last two years John has clearly demonstrated operational excellence and strategic leadership,” says Brauns. “On both levels he was instrumental in shaping Interwoven’s direction and helped propel us into market leadership. I look forward to continuing to work alongside John and this great team to take Interwoven to the next level.

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