SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

February 26, 2008 08:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Expands Executive Team

Prominent Wall Street Analyst Mark Verbeck Joins Company as CFO; New Marketing and Strategy Posts Filled by Senior Executives Mark Hudson From HP and Dan Tuchler From Mellanox

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BNT), the leading provider of network switching infrastructure for blade servers, announced that the company has expanded its executive team with the addition of Mark Verbeck as Chief Financial Officer, Mark Hudson as Chief Marketing Officer and Dan Tuchler as Vice President of Strategy and Product Management.

"BLADE's leadership position in blade server networking has enabled us to attract the best leadership talent in the industry," said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies. "Our expanded management team gives us a strong foundation for the company we are aspiring to build -- the industry's leading provider of scale-out server and storage network infrastructure."

As Chief Financial Officer, Mark Verbeck brings to BLADE a broad range of experience in finance and operations. Most recently, he was a prominent Wall Street analyst covering technology companies for firms that included Cantor Fitzgerald, Citigroup, and Epoch Partners (acquired by Goldman Sachs). At Epoch partners he was a founding member of the firm and was a member of the executive committee. As an equity analyst, Verbeck obtained broad exposure to capital processes, successful corporate strategies, and effective merger and acquisition approaches. Prior to Wall Street, Verbeck worked at Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte), the global accounting and consulting company. In this role, he worked with many Fortune 500 companies on information technology strategy and implementation. Verbeck started his career in a finance position that evolved into a leadership role in finance and information technology at a Midwest land development company that experienced rapid growth during his tenure. He holds a bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mark Hudson joins BLADE as Chief Marketing Officer after 19 distinguished years at HP. He started his career at HP in the Information Networks Division, and his most recent position at HP was Vice President Worldwide Marketing for HP's multi-billion-dollar Enterprise Server & Storage (ESS) business. In this role, Hudson was responsible for driving cross-ESS marketing activities that positioned ESS as the leading storage and server provider in the market. His key areas of focus included developing and deploying an integrated product marketing plan and communications, driving growth initiatives and creating an effective and efficient marketing organization. He holds a bachelors degree from California State University, Fresno and a masters degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Dan Tuchler joins BLADE as Vice President of Strategy and Product Management with over 25 years experience in technical and marketing roles in the networking industry. Most recently, he led product management at Mellanox Technologies, the leading supplier of InfiniBand products and an important player in the fast-growing High Performance Computing (HPC) market. Prior to Mellanox, Tuchler led product management at Force10 Networks. Tuchler's product experience spans a range of networking product technologies at companies such as Alteon WebSystems, Wang Labs, and Proteon Networks. At Alteon, he managed several generations of product lines starting with the initial launch of the Web Switch. In addition Tuchler has consulted to numerous Silicon Valley start-ups, developing business plans and product strategies. Tuchler started his career as a hardware designer developing networking products. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in business administration from Boston University.

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) is the market-leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet, IP, and Application Switches for blade server systems globally. BLADE is the first vendor to focus exclusively on serving the network infrastructure needs of the rapidly growing blade server market. The company's end-users include Fortune 500 companies across 26 different industry segments. As the number-one supplier of network switches for blade servers, BLADE boasts an installed base of more than 150,000 blade switches representing more than 3.5 million switch ports around the world. For more information, visit

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