SOURCE: Apprion

April 22, 2008 08:00 ET

Apprion Appoints Mike Sullivan Vice President of Global Sales

Industrial Wireless Leader Extends Channel Development and Builds Management Team With Seasoned Industry Executives

NASA AMES RESEARCH PARK, MOFFETT FIELD, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Apprion, the leader in providing open, integrated industrial wireless systems for manufacturers, today named Mike Sullivan as vice president of global sales. As Apprion's senior sales executive, Sullivan will be responsible for developing channel partnerships and expanding opportunities across all manufacturing markets. Sullivan has over 28 years of industry expertise in developing and leading sales organizations that have successfully addressed the unique needs of the industrial marketplace.

Prior to Apprion, Sullivan was most recently the vice president of sales for MTL MOST/Wonderware West, where for 19 years he built and managed one of the industry's most highly regarded sales organizations.

"Mike brings to the Apprion team three critical components -- expertise in developing sales teams, experience in building successful channel relationships, and deep domain knowledge," said Mike Bradley, Apprion's CEO. "He is a perfect fit for taking Apprion's promise of open, standards-based industrial wireless systems to a rapidly expanding customer base."

In addition to Sullivan, Apprion also announced the appointments of Rick Crider as director of sales channel development, and Tony Bustamante as director of system integrator market development.

Crider brings over 30 years of experience to Apprion. For more than half of that time, he held various executive positions at Wonderware, including vice president of strategic accounts and vice president of strategic alliances. Crider has also held sales and management positions at SAIC, Siemens and Modicon.

Bustamante has over 25 years of industry experience. Most recently, he was with Wonderware, where he developed and managed relationships with system integrators and other channel partners. Prior to Wonderware, Bustamante spent more than 12 years at Intellution, where he had responsibility for channel development and management.

About Apprion

Apprion delivers wireless application network systems and services designed for the process manufacturing industry. Apprion's ION system provides the only unified, open and secure industrial application network for plant managers and their engineering and IT organizations. ION optimizes the manageability and performance of the wireless devices, systems and networks within plants so that managers gain the highest value possible from information generated by their operational and productivity applications. Apprion's industrial products and services enable the deployment of wireless applications with the lowest total cost of ownership. Customers include market leaders in oil and gas, chemical and power/utilities. For more information visit www.apprion.com.

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