SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that Ian Whiting has joined the company as executive vice president, global field operations, where he will lead the worldwide Fusion-io sales team. Previously senior vice president sales, Americas at Riverbed Technology, as well as senior vice president worldwide sales at Brocade Communications, Whiting has a proven track record of global sales leadership at leading enterprise information technology companies. At Brocade Communications, Whiting developed and implemented go-to-market strategies that helped Brocade grow from approximately $500 million to more than $2 billion in annual sales through a blend of OEM, channel, and direct sales.
"Ian's success in leveraging OEM and channel relationships to meet strategic goals makes him the ideal executive to lead our global sales team and help Fusion-io scale our success worldwide," said Shane Robison, Fusion-io chairman and chief executive officer. "Flash memory is redefining datacenters around the world, and Ian's expertise strengthens our ability to help our customers and partners throughout the technology industry to accelerate the business value of their IT resources."
"Given the company's technology leadership and strong go-to-market strategy, I am excited to join Fusion-io to lead the sales team as we move into the next phase of growth," said Whiting. "Across OEM, channel and direct sales, I believe in developing the talent and leadership of sales professionals who are dedicated to solving customer challenges. With easy integration into existing datacenters, Fusion-io's blended go-to-market strategy and solutions align with the needs of distinct customer segments, uniquely positioning the company to deliver disruptive flash memory performance without disrupting the datacenter."
Prior to joining Fusion-io, Whiting served as senior vice president, sales, Americas at Riverbed Technology, Inc. a company that specializes in performance solutions for wide area networks. Whiting also served in senior sales positions at Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., a company specializing in data and storage networking products, including most recently as senior vice president, worldwide sales, as well as various sales roles at Compaq Computer Corp., NetWorth Inc. and Data Translation Networking.
Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.
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