Michael Howe Joins Applied Systems as Senior Vice President of Product Management

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill., Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Systems today announced that Michael Howe has joined the company's executive team as senior vice president of product management. Bringing more than 20 years of software experience to the company, Howe is now responsible for the management and direction of Applied Systems' growing product portfolio and will report to Mark Layden, chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Applied Systems, Howe was senior vice president of product management and marketing at Aptean, a leading global provider of enterprise application software. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years in several executive management positions at SAP. Howe began his career as a software engineer at Great-West Life Assurance.

"As Applied Systems continues to grow and automate more of the insurance lifecycle, Michael's significant expertise in professional software product management will be an invaluable asset to our organization," said Mark Layden, chief operating officer, Applied Systems. "He brings very strong qualifications to continue to advance the product portfolio at Applied Systems, which will benefit our customers."

Howe earned his undergraduate degree in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder and completed a master's degree in business administration at Harvard Business School.

"Applied Systems is the industry's trusted provider of insurance software and has a 30-year track record of technology leadership," said Michael Howe, senior vice president of product management, Applied Systems. "I am extremely pleased to join a company that is committed to success and consistently delivers innovation through technology that enables customers to drive sustainable business growth and profitability."

About Applied Systems

Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. The company is recognized as a pioneer in agency management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokers, carriers and their clients. By automating the insurance lifecycle, Applied Systems software enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most. To learn more, please visit www.appliedsystems.com.

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CONTACT: Michael Drakulich Applied Systems, Inc. mdrakulich@appliedsystems.com 800.999.5368 ext. 22844

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