OAUG Elects 2010 Board of Directors; Hires New Executive Director and COO

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced the organization's membership has selected its 2010 board of directors. The new board members are John Stouffer, an individual associate member; Floyd M. Teter, system engineer, Technology and Standards Office for Institutional Business Systems at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Margaret Wright, technology manager for the Oracle Center of Excellence at Atlanta's Southern Company.

"The OAUG welcomes John Stouffer, Floyd Teter and Margaret Wright to its board for the clear direction and leadership of our growing organization,"said Raymond Payne, president of the OAUG, in announcing the new board members. "We also welcome back our veteran board members who have proven themselves to effectively guide the OAUG as it strives to further enhance the way it serves our members."

In addition to John Stouffer, Floyd M. Teter, and Margaret Wright, members of 2010's board are: John Bushell, JT&M Bushell; Mark Clark, O2Works; Carol Conine, Carnival Corporation & PLC; Patricia Dues, City of Las Vegas; David Ferguson, Diebold, Inc.; Patrick Gresham, Chick-fil-A; Joseph Imbimbo, Carnegie Mellon University; Raymond Payne, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Anne Ristau, FMT Systems; Betsy Rothwell, Ontario Ministry of Government Services; and Jan Wagner, NATO.

Separately, the OAUG said it has hired Steven R. Hughes as its new executive director, and Karl M. Kirsch, CAE, as chief operating officer.

To fulfill his duties in his role as executive director, Hughes advises and assists the OAUG Board of Directors on the formulation and implementation of the organization's strategies, objectives, goals and policies. In addition, he provides key leadership to the organization's members, staff and strategic partners. Hughes previously worked as the OAUG's executive director from 2002-2007 and remained a part-time consultant with the organization until recently. During his previous term as the OAUG's executive director, Hughes was instrumental in enabling the organization to expand in order to meet the changing needs of applications users as Oracle acquired other companies. Some of his milestones include increasing the organization's membership, building a network of global contacts and boosting levels of attendance at the OAUG's annual conferences.

Kirsch has worked as the vice president of client services at Atlanta-based Meeting Expectations, a professional services firm specializing in association management and event planning, since 2002. As COO, he completes the executive management team and helps translate strategy into tactical plans that are specific and measurable. He also shares responsibility to manage the daily operations of OAUG to ensure activities of the organization's staff are supporting established objectives, quality targets and cost-effectiveness goals. For more information about the OAUG, go here.