As a transplanted Canadian I'm impressed...
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2008--Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, visited Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:QSFT) at the corporation's worldwide headquarters in Aliso Viejo, Calif. on Thurs., February 7, 2008. Prince Andrew paid a visit with Quest senior executives to learn more about the company's UK operations. He also explored ways in which the UK government can support Quest with future growth in Europe.
"We had a very productive visit with Prince Andrew," said Doug Garn, President of Quest Software. "It was really quite an honor. We both saw this as an opportunity to expand IT investment in the UK. We talked about a variety of issues, such as culture and 'homeworking,' that is, where employees are provided the right tools and technology to work from home. Prince Andrew is very interested in promoting this culture in the UK."
His Royal Highness focused on three additional key areas during the meeting with Quest: expanding the company's presence in the UK, the company's graduate program, and environmental issues.
"We discussed potential ways of expanding our capacity in the UK, similar to our recent PassGo acquisition," added Simon Pearce, Quest's Vice President of Western European Operations. The Duke of York suggested areas of the country that we should explore where there are small high tech companies, such as in Eastern and Southwest England and Northern Ireland. He is also looking to help us put in place a large research and development center in the UK."
His Royal Highness showed great interest in Quest's graduate program, Project Duckling, where the company has taken a large number of graduates and placed them in various positions within Quest. "He would like to explore expanding Project Duckling by attaching us to other universities that would participate in the program," said Pearce.
The third area focused on environmental issues. "Prince Andrew was interested in our Green initiatives, and how we are developing tools for data centers to make them more efficient," added Steve Dickson, Vice President and General Manager of Quest's Active Directory and Identify Management Business Unit. "We discussed how technology is helping to address IT power consumption to help companies become more environmentally friendly."
Representatives from the UK Trade and Investment Department who also were in attendance will continue to work with Pearce and other Quest representatives on these key areas to explore Quest's continued expansion in the UK.
Prince Andrew is on a 10-day trade mission in the United States. His Royal Highness serves as the UK special representative for trade and investment, in addition to his other royal duties. Prince Andrew is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has held the title of Duke of York since 1986.