UHV alumnus to lead strategic program for OpenText
March 24, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2012 at 10:24 p.m.
Canada's largest software company has chosen a University of Houston-Victoria graduate to oversee its new program for building strategic relationships with customers in North America.
This month, OpenText promoted UHV alumnus Ankur Laroia, an employee of more than six years, to the role of senior director of its new strategic program, Premium Account Strategy and Enterprise Architecture.
OpenText is the world's largest independent provider of enterprise content-management software used for long-term storage of electronic files. The company provided the first search engine used on the Internet by Yahoo.
"My purpose will be to create those more meaningful, deeper relationships between the company and our customers," he said. "We also intend on getting the executives of the respective companies talking with each other, so we have synergy between them."
Laroia, of Richmond, graduated in December 2011 from the UHV School of Business Administration with a master's degree in economic development and entrepreneurship, and in 1999 from UH with an undergraduate degree in technology.
Until recently, Laroia was enrolled on a full-time basis in the online graduate business program with UHV while working full-time at OpenText and traveling extensively on company business. It was challenging to manage the demands of work and school while also being a parent of young children, he said.