SOURCE: Fortified Data

Fortified Data

November 03, 2015 16:45 ET

Fortified Data Hires Rick Oppedisano as New Chief Operating Officer

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - November 03, 2015) - Fortified Data, a leading data services firm, has announced the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Rick Oppedisano.

Oppedisano has an extensive background in developing high-growth technology companies from inception to $100M exits, and has served as a successful turnaround executive for two managed service providers (MSPs). He was named to The M&A Advisor's National Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, was a 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, and was featured on PBS' American Entrepreneur series.

At Fortified Data, Oppedisano will be responsible for the company's finance, managed services, sales and marketing divisions. Specific duties will include developing and executing organizational health metrics, effectively positioning the company in the market and building the best data support team in the business.

"We are extremely excited to add Rick to our team," said Ben DeBow, Fortified Data CEO. "He brings a great mix of experience, vision and proven results. We'll work together to guide the growth of our team and technologies in support of our worldwide customer base."

Prior to Fortified Data, Oppedisano was VP of Global R&D and Marketing at Modern Systems (NASDAQ: MDSY), where he helped guide the company's successful turnaround and global rebranding. Prior to Modern Systems, Oppedisano worked with Azaleos Corporation, holding roles in marketing, product management and global channel sales. He played a critical role in the company's merger with M3 Technology Group in 2009 and developed global partnerships directly linked to significant revenue growth. In 2011, Azaleos was named the 28th Fastest Growing Tech company by Deloitte, achieving growth of nearly 6000%. In 2012, the company was acquired by Avanade.

Oppedisano will be based in Fortified Data's Charlotte headquarters. Fortified Data is responsible for architecting some of the world's largest private clouds for data. The company specializes in complex, high-transaction systems, completing successful engagements with industry leaders like JP Morgan, Allstate, Royal Bank of Canada, and Heartland Payment Systems.

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