SOURCE: Knova Software

September 20, 2006 08:00 ET

Ram Gupta Appointed to KNOVA Software's Board of Directors

Cast Iron Systems' CEO and Former EVP of PeopleSoft to Enhance Leadership Team

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 --KNOVA Software (OTCBB: KNVS) today announced the appointment of Ram Gupta to its board of directors. The president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems and former EVP of Peoplesoft, Gupta has more than 20 years' technology and operations experience.

"Ram Gupta's track record includes a remarkable tenure at PeopleSoft, during which time the company's market capitalization increased from $3 billion to over $10 billion," said Bruce Armstrong, president and CEO of KNOVA. "Ram's proven ability to lead enterprise software companies into new markets is a perfect fit for KNOVA as we extend beyond service resolution management to power an intelligent customer experience."

Gupta was appointed president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems in January 2006. During his brief tenure at the rapidly growing vendor of integration appliances, Gupta has led the company to significant growth in both revenue and number of customers. Prior to that, he held an executive vice president position at PeopleSoft, where he played a critical role in growing the company into the second largest vendor of application suites worldwide.

Commented Gupta, "As KNOVA Software continues its impressive trajectory in the knowledge management industry, I am excited to join the leadership team and bring my experience to bear in the company's next phase of growth."

Gupta has held executive positions at several fast-paced global technology companies, including WebMD Corp., where he was the senior vice president and general manager. He helped lead the expansion of Healtheon from a single service, $5 million annual revenue startup to a public company with comprehensive offerings and more than $300 million in revenue. Gupta's 20-year career also includes positions at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.

Gupta serves on the boards of S1 Corporation, VA Software, Plateau Systems and Accruent Inc. He holds several patents in the U.S., and was awarded the Smithsonian Computer World "Search for the Heroes" Award for the year 2000. Gupta is a member of Mensa society and holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


KNOVA Software is a leading provider of Intelligent Customer Experience solutions that maximize the value of every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle. Built on an adaptive search and knowledge management platform, KNOVA's suite of applications help companies increase revenues, reduce service costs and improve customer satisfaction. Industry leaders including AOL, Ford, HP, Novell, Countrywide, McAfee and H&R Block rely on KNOVA's award-winning Service Resolution Management, Interactive Brand Optimization and Guided Selling applications to power an intelligent customer experience on their websites, and within their contact centers. KNOVA Software is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. For more information, visit

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