Groove Taps Teubner As President, COO

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Groove Networks bolstered its management ranks this week, naming former US Internetworking executive Chuck Teubner as president and COO. Groove founder Ray Ozzie remains chairman and CEO, the company said Wednesday.

Teubner will focus on day-to-day operations, freeing up Ozzie for strategy and technology decisions, a spokesman said.

In addition, Kelly Collins was named vice president of government systems. Collins was director of East Coast sales and systems engineering for Bowstreet.

Groove, born two years ago, offers software that lets workgroups set up private and secure workspaces for online collaboration. The software can combine instant messaging, voice and whiteboarding.

Last October, the privately held company got a $51 million cash infusion from Microsoft. Earlier investors included Intel Capital. Groove officially launched its software product and strategy in the fall of 2000. Originally pitched as an easy-to-use peer-to-peer workgroup system, the company has worked on management and administrative capabilities designed to make the use of software palatable for security-conscious organizations.

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