Bill Joy Joins SpikeSource Board of Directors Two New Executives to Oversee Support Services and Product Marketing



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SpikeSource, a provider of
 open source software testing, certification and support, announced today that
 Bill Joy has joined the company's board of directors and that it has hired two
 new executives to oversee core business areas.  Joaquin Ruiz has joined as
 vice president of product marketing and Anders Tjernlund as vice president of
 support services.
     "The SpikeSource board of directors and I are pleased to announce these
 additions to our board and executive team," said SpikeSource's CEO Kim Polese.
 "By assembling this robust team we are able to deliver unparalleled value to
 our customers as we help them navigate the adoption of open source
 applications into their IT infrastructures."
     Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, led Sun's technical strategy as
 the chief scientist from the company's inception in 1982 until 2003. He played
 a key role in the development of Solaris, SPARC, chip architectures and
 pipelines, and Java. Joy joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner
 in January 2005.
     "It is truly my pleasure to join SpikeSource's board of directors," said
 Joy.  "It's evident that open source applications have progressed to the point
 they are ready for widespread enterprise adoption and that SpikeSource offers
 a suite of services that will help enterprises effectively and efficiently
 adopt and maintain open source software."
     As the vice president of product marketing, Joaquin Ruiz is responsible
 for SpikeSource's product strategy.  Prior to joining SpikeSource, Ruiz was
 senior vice president of marketing at Liquid Systems, a next generation
 messaging independent software vendor.  Previously, he was vice president of
 marketing and product management at Sistina Software (acquired by Red Hat in
 2003) where he drove the company's product roadmap, marketing strategy, and
 enterprise adoption. Sistina delivered the leading cluster file system for
 Linux and the open source community's default logic volume manager (LVM).
 Prior to this, he held senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, where
 he grew HP's high-availability (HA) software business to over $100 million in
 annual revenue, and created and launched HP's "5 nines" HA program with Cisco,
 Oracle and EMC.
     Anders Tjernlund joins SpikeSource as vice president of support services.
 Tjernlund will leverage his experience as the senior director of worldwide
 support operations and strategy at BEA systems to develop SpikeSource's
 support services. He will be managing the global customer support team,
 developing support services, working with customers to fulfill their services
 contracts, and building out SpikeSource's online support offerings. While at
 BEA Systems, Tjernlund's responsibilities spanned the product management of
 BEA's customer support offerings, offshore teams, pricing, eSupport, and
 knowledge management and strategy.  Previously, Tjernlund held senior
 marketing, strategy and business development positions at Hewlett-Packard's
 worldwide services and support organization in Europe and in the United
 States.
 
     About SpikeSource:
     SpikeSource was founded in 2003 to help accelerate the adoption of open
 source in the enterprise. The company provides free tested and certified open
 source software stacks, sells update and technical support service to
 enterprises, certifies commercial software for use in open source
 environments, and provides free testing and certification services for open
 source projects. For more information visit http://www.spikesource.com.
 
 

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