Open Source Storage Appoints Jerome Conlon as Chief Marketing Officer Future Lab partner and former executive at Internap Network Services, NBC, Starbucks and Nike to lead brand innovation and development at OSS

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source Storage (OSS), the visionaries and creators of enterprise data storage solutions, announced today that Jerome Conlon has been named Chief Marketing Officer. A renowned brand strategist with over 30 years of experience and 20 on the 'hot seat' at high profile brands, Conlon brings a track record of scaling companies from hundreds of millions in sales to multibillions.

"We're excited to have such a well-respected brand innovator join the OSS team," said Eren Niazi, CEO of Open Source Storage. "As a marketing executive, consultant and author, Conlon has demonstrated exceptional leadership, and he has been a great asset to OSS over the past few months. We're confident that he can communicate the quality, value and performance advantages of open source technology to the enterprise market." 

As the founder and Principal Consultant at Brand Frameworks, Conlon has lent his expertise in brand development and strategic marketing to companies from a wide range of industries including high technology, financial services, healthcare, digital entertainment, education and apparel. Recently, Conlon became a partner at the innovation consultancy Future Lab where he is a member of the BrandSpark Workshop team alongside Moses Ma and Langdon Morris. Their clients include Fortune 100 brands, Global 2000 corporations, government agencies and respected non-profit organizations.

Conlon has unleashed triple-digit growth at a number of major brands, expanding their meaning, relevance and resonance to wider circles of consumers. He was Global Director of Marketing Insights at Nike, Inc. from 1986 to 1996 when annuals sales grew from $860 million to $6.6 billion. In addition, Conlon has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Internap Network Services, Vice President of Brand Planning, Consumer Insights and New Products for Starbucks Coffee Company, Senior VP of Marketing and Program Development for NBC Entertainment, and he has been a professor of economics at Gonzaga University.

"Eren Niazi is one of the most talented technologists I have ever met, and he has assembled a truly world class team at Open Source Storage," said Conlon. "With solutions that cost 30% less than proprietary options, OSS is on track to disrupt the entire enterprise data storage market and provide the IT community with infrastructure that can support a world built on high performance computing, big data applications and universal access to information. I'm proud to join a team that will help secure the growth and promise of our digital universe."

Conlon is the author of Overcoming Marketing Blindspots and co-author of Soulful Branding, a joint project with Future Lab's Moses Ma and Langdon Morris that is to be published in spring 2014.         

To learn more about Open Source Storage, visit www.opensourcestorage.com

About Open Source Storage
Open Source Storage is a pioneer in open source datacenter solutions. The company designs, installs and maintains enterprise datacenters built on open source software and components to reduce the total costs of data ownership. The company is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding service and cutting edge storage products that offer the highest performance, scalability and reliability. Founded in 2001 by Eren Niazi, a leader in the Open Source movement, Open Source Storage has served organizations ranging from dynamic startups to Fortune 500 companies and national government agencies.

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