Quark has announced its new CEO, former GE executive Raymond Schiavone.

Schiavone has joined Quark as its president and CEO. Acting president Lind Chase has chosen to stay with the company as its senior vice president of enterprise products.

Quark chairman, Farah 'Sasha' Ebrahimi said: "This important change signals a new era for Quark. We are excited to bring in professional management of the calibre of Ray Schiavone. He has exactly what we need to aggressively take Quark to the next level. His in-depth experience growing global software companies will benefit our customers, our partners and our employees."

Schiavone said: "Over the coming years, our customers will see us not only growing our product line, but also providing additional value through expanded strategic partnerships and focus on customer service and support. We will continue to lead the industry by bringing innovative solutions to market and providing state-of-the-art tools for creative professionals."

Before joining Quark, Schiavone was president and CEO of Arbortext. He has also been president of TPN Register, a GE and Thomas Publishing joint venture, where he took the company from a start-up to a top position in the electronic commerce industry.

Before TPN Register, Schiavone had a successful career as an executive at GE, holding senior positions across the US and Europe across 14-years. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University. Schiavone is also a board member of the University of Maryland Engineering School.