SOURCE: GraniteEdge Networks

September 19, 2006 08:00 ET

GraniteEdge Networks Appoints Tom Spadafore as Senior Vice President of Sales

20-Year Silicon Valley Veteran in Technology Sales, Business Development, and Customer Care to Grow GraniteEdge Networks' Direct Sales Organization and Channel Partnerships

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- GraniteEdge Networks, the leader in high-value asset security, today announced the appointment of Tom Spadafore to the newly created position of senior vice president of sales. Spadafore brings more than 20-years of sales experience to GraniteEdge Networks and a proven history of serving enterprise customers and driving aggressive sales growth. Reporting to CEO Anthony Naughtin, Spadafore will focus on driving GraniteEdge Networks' sales and marketing expansion plans.

"Our mission is to provide the best critical asset protection solution in the market. Essential to this is creating strong customer relationships and exceptional customer experiences," said Naughtin. "Tom's expertise in early-stage sales leadership, and his exceptional track record in developing strong customer relationships, make him an excellent addition to our management team. His appointment will help lead GraniteEdge to a high stature in our industry, build marketshare, and further enhance customer satisfaction."

"I'm very excited to join GraniteEdge Networks at this important time in the company's history," said Spadafore. "The company possesses excellent technology that offers the industry's most comprehensive solution for visualizing threats and protecting critical assets. Now is the time to aggressively take the product to the market, which is what I have successfully done many times."

Most recently as executive vice president at Reconnex responsible for worldwide sales, systems engineering, and customer care, Spadafore helped take the company to a 10 million dollar annualized revenue run rate in two years. Prior to Reconnex, Spadafore served as executive vice president for GreenBorder Technology, where he helped the company secure $12 million in funding and took the company from zero to $2.5 million in revenue in two years. Before joining GreenBorder Technology, Spadafore was executive vice president for Brightmail, where he helped the company accelerate revenue/bookings from $1.5 million to $12 million in one year. Symantec acquired Brightmail for $370 million in cash in May, 2004. Spadafore has also held executive positions at Netopia, NETCOM Communications, and Apple Computer.

Spadafore possesses an MA in Computer Technology/Education and a BA from Boise State University (Ohio).

About GraniteEdge Networks

GraniteEdge Networks, the leader in high-value asset security, delivers the most advanced defense in depth security standard for internal networks. Corporations rely on GraniteEdge as the core line of defense to protect critical network assets from sophisticated external and internal threats. Leveraging unique threat visualization technology that identifies and visually tracks damaging network behaviors in real-time, the GraniteEdge ESP solution allows IT to see and respond to threats in minutes that would otherwise normally go unseen for days or months. Named by Frost & Sullivan as Entrepreneurial Company of the Year in 2005 and the company to watch in 2006, GraniteEdge Networks is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please call 425-452-1334 or visit

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