We continue to aggressively execute on our stated plans to focus GlassHouse on our core consulting and managed service offerings and improving operating margins, and this divestiture is another significant step towards that objective, said Patrick Scannell, President and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies. It is exciting that Emre and the GlassHouse Turkey team will continue to serve our clients in that region, providing continuity for both our clients and our team members.
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GlassHouse continues to demonstrate solid growth, including expansion of its consulting and operational staff. Excluding the divested Israel and Turkey subsidiaries, year-to-date GlassHouse has added staff representing 12% of worldwide headcount, with an additional 13% planned second quarter hires.