SOURCE: Vision Solutions

November 26, 2007 09:34 ET

Vision Solutions Announces New Board Member

Microsoft Veteran Robert J. Herbold Joins the Board of the Leading Provider of Disaster Recovery and High Availability Solutions for IBM Server Platforms

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - November 26, 2007) - Vision Solutions®, the leading provider of high availability and disaster recovery solutions in the IBM® System i and System p markets, today announced Robert J. Herbold has joined its Board of Directors.

"Bob is a widely respected executive and his broad experience and relationships with high profile companies will add great insight to our team," says Nicolaas Vlok, president and CEO of Vision Solutions. "We are very excited to have attracted a board member of his caliber. With his wealth of operational expertise, he will prove invaluable as we enter our next phase of growth and address new challenges."

"Vision Solutions is an incredibly dynamic organization and I'm excited to join such a remarkable leadership team," shares Mr. Herbold. "Needless to say, I'm looking forward to working with this exceptional group of talented people and contributing to Vision Solutions' success."

"As Chairman of the Board, I welcome Bob and look forward to working with such an exceptional industry leader," adds Marcel Bernard, operating partner of Thoma Cressey Bravo. "He brings a new dimension to our team and to Vision Solutions as a whole."

Robert J. (Bob) Herbold, retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corporation, is the Managing Director of Herbold Group, LLC, a consulting business focused on driving profitability, operational, and marketing excellence in growth-oriented businesses. Herbold joined Microsoft in November 1994 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During his tenure, he was responsible for finance, manufacturing and distribution, information systems, human resources, corporate marketing, market research, and public relations. During his nearly 7 years as COO, Microsoft experienced a four fold increase in revenue and a seven fold increase in profits. Herbold also worked for Microsoft as Executive Vice President assisting in the government, industry and customer areas. Prior to joining Microsoft, Herbold spent 26 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. In his last 5 years with P&G, he served as senior vice president of advertising and information services. In that role, he was responsible for the company's worldwide advertising/brand management operations as well as all marketing related services such as media and television program production. He was also responsible for management information systems and market research on a worldwide basis.

About Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions, Inc. is the world's leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for the IBM® System i and System p markets. With a portfolio spanning the industry's most innovative and trusted HA solutions from ORION™, MIMIX® and iTERA™ brands, Vision keeps critical businesses information continuously protected and available. Affordable and easy to use, Vision products help to ensure business continuity, increase productivity, reduce operating costs and satisfy compliance requirements. Vision also offers advanced cluster management and systems management solutions, and support for i5/OS®, Windows®, and AIX® operating environments. As IBM's largest high availability Premier Business Partner, Vision Solutions oversees a global network of business partners and services and support professionals to help our customers achieve their business goals. Privately held by Thoma Cressey Bravo, Inc., Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California with offices worldwide. For more information visit or call 800.957.4511.

About Thoma Cressey Bravo Equity Partners

Thoma Cressey Bravo Equity Partners is a leading private equity investment firm that has been providing equity and strategic support to experienced management teams building growing companies for more than 25 years. In the software industry, Thoma Cressey Bravo has amassed a portfolio of software earnings in excess of $500 million. Thoma Cressey Bravo's investment focus is on companies in the software, healthcare, business services and consumer products industries. Thoma Cressey Bravo currently manages approximately $2 billion of equity capital. For more information on Thoma Cressey Bravo Equity Partners, visit

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