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Posted January 22, 2002 By Staff     Feedback

The Cambridge, Mass., maker of search and retrieval software names Joseph Krivickas as president and CEO, succeeding founder Noam Ben-Ozer.

iPhrase Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass., maker self-service search and retrieval software, has named Joseph Krivickas, formerly of Bluestone, as president and CEO.

He succeeds cofounder Noam Ben-Ozer, who will remain on iPhrase's board of directors.

"iPhrase is a company making the key transition from product leadership to market leadership," Krivickas said. "I joined iPhrase as it presents the rare opportunity to create an independent, leadership company in a fast-growing market segment, with strong strategic benefits to customers."

Previously, Krivickas was COO at Bluestone , an Internet infrastructure software company. He led Bluestone as it completed an IPO, a secondary offering, an acquisition and finally a $525 million merger with Hewlett-Packard .

Krivickas led the merger integration team and became general manager of Hewlett-Packard middleware software division. Most recently, he was executive in residence with Charles River Ventures, where he worked with the venture capital firm's portfolio of software companies.

"Now that the power of our technology has been proven in our early customer implementations, we looked for a leader who had direct experience in driving success," said Raymond Lau, cofounder, director and CTO.

iPhrase is privately held and venture backed by Charles River Ventures, Greylock, Reed Elsevier Ventures, RSA Ventures, Sequoia Capital, TD Capital Technology Ventures and Bain Capital. In addition to its Cambridge headquarters, it has offices in San Mateo, Calif.

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