Software Executive Moves

Former CEO of Mirantis, a Leading Visionary and Operator in the Open Source and OpenStack Community Joins Nexenta Advisory Board 

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Feb. 17, 2016 — Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that Adrian Ionel, Founder of Restack, and former CEO and co-founder at Mirantis, has joined the Nexenta Advisory Board.

In 2015 Forbes named Ionel and Mirantis one of the best cloud CEOs and companies to work for – #6 among the 50 leading cloud companies. With a strong track record at companies such as Mirantis, Qualys and Siemens, he brings deep expertise and a passion to help build enduring businesses. As the latest expert to join the Nexenta Advisory Board, Ionel will share his knowledge and advise Nexenta as it continues to lead the OpenSDS market.

As Mirantis’ CEO, Ionel helped transform the company from a small seed into a global open source leader. He was the driving force behind Mirantis’ initial OpenStack investment in 2010 and, during his six-year tenure, delivered five consecutive years of record results; attracting 200 enterprise customers and a quarter-billion dollars of investment. In October 2015, Ionel passed on the CEO role to one of his co-founders, to devote himself to Restack, his new company. He remains an active Mirantis Board Member.

“With its disruptive OpenSDS products, Nexenta adds tremendous value to its customers,” said Ionel. “Providing the foundations for powerful, agile and scalable architectures, businesses across the globe are able to operate and maximize performance in the face of increasingly data heavy workloads. With the lowest TCO to boot, Nexenta is truly leading the way in discovering innovative ways to overcome IT challenges.”

“We’re very pleased to have someone of Adrian’s calibre joining the Nexenta Advisory Board,” said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO, at Nexenta. “His impressive work with Open Source technology means that he has immediately bought into our vision. Adrian and the rest of the Advisory Board will ensure that we keep pushing the boundaries of Open Source-driven Software-Defined technology; providing maximum value for our customers and partners.”

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Payment Tech Innovator Zooz Appoints Chester Ritchie as EVP, Sales & Business Development US

WorldPay Alum to Oversee US Customer Acquisition Efforts 

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF., February 23, 2016 — Payment technology provider Zooz today announced that Chester Ritchie has joined the company’s executive management team as EVP of Sales & Business Development for the U.S. A payments industry veteran with 20 years experience, he will lead the sales team in Zooz’s drive for new markets, new customers and heightened revenue levels. 

“We feel we have the potential to construct major, lasting changes with our solution, and Chester has the perfect background to help us succeed,” said Oren Levy, CEO, Zooz. “We look forward to working with him to expand our U.S. presence and customer base.” 

Mr. Ritchie most recently served as Head of Business Development for Worldpay, where he helped lead the company’s transition into a payments technology company, ultimately resulting in the largest multi-billion dollar IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2015. He previously worked for CAM Commerce Solutions, creating the market leading point-of-sale software Retail STAR and X-Charge credit card processing software (later sold to Global Payments for over $400M). During his tenure, CAM experienced a stock (NASDAQ) appreciation of over 1,800%. 

In today’s age of global commerce, relying on a single payments provider can lead to steep international credit card fees and inflated decline rates. However, integrating with multiple solutions has always been difficult, expensive and time-consuming. The Zooz platform overcomes these obstacles by connecting merchants to multiple financial and technological entities and payment methods, and Smart Routing™ each payment to the most appropriate provider for that transaction. Zooz’s merchant customers also benefit from its Insights offering, which provides intelligent analysis based on customer transactional data.

“Smart Routing is a technological breakthrough in harnessing complex global payments, enabling merchants to accept more payment types and enjoy low-cost routing, fraud detection and increased approvals while utilizing their existing payment infrastructure,” said Chester Ritchie. “I very much look forward to introducing this innovative solution to a larger U.S. market.” …

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APLICOR® Appoints Jozef Opdeweegh to Board of Directors  

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Feb. 22, 2016 – APLICOR, a provider of cloud-based ERP, CRM and e-Commerce solutions, today announced that supply chain industry veteran Jozef (Jos) Opdeweegh has been appointed to its Board of Directors. With almost 20 years of global supply chain experience, Mr. Opdeweegh is well suited to round out the Board and foster the company’s rapid development and growth plans for 2016. 

“We welcome Jos as a tremendous addition to our board. He has built an exceptional career over the last 20 years and will be an invaluable asset,” said Don McKinney, APLICOR’S Chief Executive Officer. “Given his wealth of industry knowledge and proven leadership, particularly in supply chain logistics, we’re confident he will strengthen the Board at a time when we are focusing on expanding our operations.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the board at what is clearly a dynamic and defining time for the company,” said Mr. Opdeweegh. “I am impressed with the direction APLICOR has taken under McKinney, and optimistic about the possibilities of what we can accomplish.”

Previously, Mr. Opdeweegh served as Chief Executive Officer for Neovia Logistics Services, LLC (f/k/a Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.) a global integrated logistics service provider. In this role, Mr. Opdeweegh managed the corporation on a global scale, and implemented the company’s strategic plans, including the carve-out, restructuring and rebranding of the company from Caterpillar to Neovia. Prior to joining Neovia in 2012, Mr. Opdeweegh served as Chief Executive Officer for AmeriCold Logistics and Americold Realty Trust, the world’s largest owner and operator of warehouses for the storage and handling of frozen food products. In addition, Mr. Opdeweegh served on a number of boards, most recently for Interline Brands, a national distributor of maintenance, repair and building products in North America. Mr. Opdeweegh also previously held several executive positions at prominent global organizations in the logistics, and financial services industries.  

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NYMBUS Appoints David Mitchell as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

MIAMI, FLORIDA.—Feb. 18, 2016—NYMBUS, the world’s first complete, full-stack, API driven core banking platform announced today the appointment of David Mitchell as executive vice president (EVP) and chief strategy officer. In this role he will be responsible for supporting the overall direction and planning of the company’s go-to-market strategy.

Mitchell will also work with NYMBUS’ executive leadership team to develop the company’s global vision, as well as proactively identify market opportunities while helping NYMBUS stand out amongst competitors.

… Throughout his career, Mitchell has helped software and internet companies grow into global enterprises and ultimately participate in initial public offerings. In February 2000, Mitchell was recruited by Open Solutions, an enterprise technology provider for financial institutions, to run business and partnership development and secure strategic product acquisitions. Within the company, he served as president and general manager of the core banking division, then moved into a role as EVP and chief marketing officer. Mitchell later transitioned into his role as EVP and chief product officer, where he was responsible for global product strategy and generating growth through an extensive strategic alliance network of more than one hundred partnerships.

During Mitchell’s tenure with Open Solutions, the company grew its revenue from $13 million to approximately $400 million before ultimately being sold to Fiserv for an enterprise value of $1.3 billion.

Following his successes with Open Solutions, Mitchell transitioned into the role of chief partnership officer for COCC where he was charged with all corporate and product marketing strategies as well as business development. Most recently, Mitchell was president of Fortress Risk Management, a financial crime SaaS company servicing the community based banking and credit union markets. 

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Clover Technologies Group Names Bashar Nejdawi CEO of Global Wireless Business Unit

Chicago—Feb. 10, 2016—Clover Technologies Group, the global leader in the aftermarket life cycle management of enterprise electronic assets, today announced that Bashar Nejdawi, a leading wireless industry executive, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s Global Wireless business unit. In this newly-created role, Mr. Nejdawi will be responsible for Clover’s rapidly growing global wireless device repair and aftermarket services business, including Clover Wireless and Valutech, and managing the business’ global operational footprint.

“With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bashar has a proven track record of leading wireless companies and managing complex global operations, and we are pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Jim Cerkleski, Chief Executive Officer of Clover. “Bashar brings the perfect combination of leadership capabilities and industry experience to help us excel in the rapidly evolving wireless industry. We look forward to leveraging his deep skill set and keen focus on customers’ needs to drive our continued development and delivery of quality products and services to our enterprise customers and end users.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Clover, the global leader in the repair and aftermarket services for mobile phones and devices and one of the fastest-growing vendors in the mobility industry,” said Mr. Nejdawi. “Clover’s commitment to innovation, its strong management team and culture, and its industry-leading position made this a very attractive move for me, and I am eager to bring my experience to Clover and help the Company meet its growth objectives.”

Mr. Nejdawi has over 30 years of leadership in the global telecommunications and mobility sectors, most recently as the Executive Vice President and President, North America Mobility at Ingram Micro. Prior to Ingram Micro, Mr. Nejdawi held several senior level leadership positions at Bright Point and Motorola, including Senior Vice President of Bright Point’s European Procurement, Sales and Marketing, where he managed a $1.5 billion distribution business across 14 European entities and oversaw a team of over 200 sales staff ….

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Norse Corp. Names Industry Visionary Howard A. Bain III as New CEO

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Feb. 9, 2016–Norse Corp. today named Howard A. Bain III the company’s new CEO and interim CFO, effective immediately. He replaces co-founder Samuel M. Glines, who has left the company. The company also named new members to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Bain has served on Norse’s Board of Directors since 2013. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive experience leading multi-national corporations. He served as Symantec Corp’s Chief Financial Officer in the 90’s, and also held that role at Portal Software, Vicinity Corp., and Informix. He was most recently Chairman of the Board and interim CEO at data storage products manufacturer Violin Memory. Since 2004, he has been an independent director and Audit Committee Chair with several public and private companies, and in the process was designated a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, and elected as a Top 100 Director for 2014. In addition, Mr. Bain has been deeply involved in the operations of numerous technology companies. He was previously a consultant and certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen LLP. He also currently holds a Board seat with Resilient Network Systems, Inc., CallTower Inc., Nok Labs, Inc., Learning Tree International, and Flexera Software LLC. Mr. Bain holds a B.S. in Business from California Polytechnic University.

“We thank Mr. Glines for his vision and determination in leading Norse thus far, and while it’s not easy to see a founder leave, it’s not uncommon,” said Mr. Bain. “This company has faced serious challenges recently, and we know we have to make equally serious changes in priorities and procedures. I have full confidence that with our deep bench of technical specialists on staff, fresh governance from the revamped board, and the earned support of our longtime customers, we can overcome the challenges and regain a leadership position. We have the technology portfolio, skills and dedication to move forward strongly, and that’s what we’re working towards.”

… “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the brilliant team at Norse, the company’s offerings are unquestionably unique, and it continues to show great potential in the emerging security intelligence space,” Mr. Wasik noted. “Norse has perhaps the largest private dedicated attack intelligence network in the world, and combines it with automated and skilled human analyses to deliver an unprecedented level of visibility into emerging and existing threats. Norse has a solid and differentiated technological foundation, and our focus going forward will be to build upon that foundation, ensuring that the company has the people and capital resources required to attain its true potential in this exciting market. Our commitment to the vision of market-leading threat intelligence remains, as does our commitment to cutting-edge product development and top-tier customer service.” … 

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