SOURCE: Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

May 24, 2011 07:45 ET

Blue Coat Announces New Regional Sales Leaders

New Executives for Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA Help Drive Go-to-Market Focus

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCSI), a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that it has named Gary Olson vice president of sales for the Americas and Steve Rowland vice president of sales for APAC. In April, Blue Coat named Marc Andrews as vice president of sales for EMEA. The new regional sales leaders are responsible for developing and executing regional go-to-market strategy, driving market penetration of the Blue Coat® WAN Optimization solutions, expanding the reach of the company's Web security solutions and building strong partner relationships. All three report to Kevin Biggs, senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations at Blue Coat.

"With strong, differentiated WAN optimization and Web security products that meet the evolving requirements of businesses, our primary focus is now on advancing our go-to-market capabilities," said Mr. Biggs. "I have great confidence that Steve, Gary and Marc will bring a new focus in the regions that will help us win worldwide."

Gary Olson is an accomplished sales leader with a wealth of experience in technology sales for companies small, medium and large. Prior to joining Blue Coat as vice president of sales for the Americas, Mr. Olson was vice president of worldwide sales at Mu Dynamics. He held similar leadership roles at SeeBeyond, which was acquired by Sun, and Parametric Technologies. He holds a M.P.A. and graduated with honors from Troy State University, European Region, and has a B.S. in Engineering and Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force and is a veteran of Desert Storm.

Prior to assuming the role of vice president of sales for APAC, Mr. Rowland led sales in the Americas for three years. Before joining Blue Coat, he was senior vice president of sales at Workbrain Corporation and vice president of sales at BMC Software. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rowland held sales and sales management positions at Carrier Corporation, a division of United Technologies Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Prior to joining Blue Coat as vice president of sales for EMEA, Mr. Andrews was president of Micro Focus International. Previously, he was president of international operations for Saba Software and chief operating officer at NETIQ. He also led sales and marketing for EMEA at BMC Software.

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat Systems is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

FORWARD-LOOKINGSTATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Blue Coat Systems' expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and including statements regarding the capabilities and expected performance of Blue Coat Systems' products. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Blue Coat Systems as of the date hereof, and Blue Coat Systems assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These and other risks relating to Blue Coat Systems' business are set forth in the Securities and Exchange Commission reports filed by Blue Coat Systems, including but not limited to the risks described in the most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors."

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