Esmerk, the Helsinki-based global business information provider, has announced that it has strengthened its sales and marketing operations in recent months through the appointment of a number of new personnel across its European office network.

New Sales & Marketing Support staff have been appointed in the UK and France, with Kelly Toole taking on this role in Esmerk's Reading office and Aurélie Marce in Paris. Kelly and Aurélie will take the lead on the implementation of local marketing initiatives in these two key markets, while also forming part of Esmerk's Group Marketing Team, which is coordinated out of the Helsinki office by Timo Hämäläinen.

Esmerk's sales teams, meanwhile, have also been further strengthened through the addition of new Sales Executives in three European offices. Robert Karlsson joined Esmerk's Stockholm sales team in late 2011, while Johannes Riedmiller joined the German sales team, based in Würzburg, from the beginning of March 2012. In addition, Stuart Cooper has joined the company as UK Sales & Marketing Manager, taking on responsibility for the Reading-based sales and marketing team.

Derek Cox, Esmerk Group Managing Director, says, 'These appointments follow on from others in 2011 in offices including Finland and Russia and form part of an overall plan to significantly strengthen our sales and marketing operations. 2011 also saw the launch of our Oasis platform and the roll out of our new branding, while we have started 2012 with the launch of our new website. More initiatives are planned in the months ahead as we look to build on the strong revenue growth and record client retention levels registered in 2011.'

For more information, please contact Derek Cox, Group Managing Director at Esmerk Group, tel. +44 118 956 5821.

About Esmerk
Esmerk provides tailored global current awareness services to companies worldwide based on the monitoring of sources from over 140 countries out of 30 languages, with information provided to clients in the form of English language abstracts which summarise key developments. Founded in 1975 in Finland, Esmerk now has around 200 employees at its offices in Finland, France, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden and the UK. The company has over 900 corporate customers in 29 countries and end-users worldwide. Esmerk is part of Sanoma Learning.