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Updated Feb 19, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Software firm to open US office in metro Phoenix

PHOENIX — A software development and marketing company based in the Netherlands
has announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in
metropolitan Phoenix.

Stealth Software CEO Gerard Warrens says Tuesday that the privately owned
company will pick a city within two to four weeks where it will locate its new
office.

Warrens says the company considered Austin, New York and Silicon Valley, but
picked Arizona because it offered a competitive business environment and a
skilled workforce.

“If we look at even skill sets within the different states, and we compare that on an apples-to-apples level, then Arizona has a lot more to offer for the same money.”

The firm is looking to hire software developers, sales people and others.

“We are looking at about 200 jobs over the next three years,” said Warrens. “We are currently in the process of actually deciding where to put our physical offices. That will be done within the next two to four weeks.”

It also wants to do work in the bioscience, aerospace and defense sectors and
collaborate in research projects with universities across Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the announcement is a sign that Arizona’s business
environment is becoming more competitive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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