SOURCE: Liquid Machines

November 19, 2007 09:00 ET

Liquid Machines Announces Promotions to Its Leadership Team

Jody Saarmaa and Fajen Kyne Rewarded for Work in Driving the Success of Enterprise Rights Management Leader Liquid Machines

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Liquid Machines®, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions, today announced that Jody Saarmaa and Fajen Kyne have been promoted to vice president of product management and chief software architect, respectively. In these roles, Saarmaa and Kyne will help to drive the growth of the company's marketing and engineering departments and the overall success of Liquid Machines' award-winning information protection technology.

Jody Saarmaa, formerly senior director of product marketing and industry solutions, has worked with the Liquid Machines sales and engineering divisions for over two years, helping to optimize the company's product roadmap and deliverables. She has contributed heavily in attracting new business and furthering sales initiatives for the company. "Jody is a valuable resource to our sales and engineering teams -- and to Liquid Machines as a whole," said Michael Ruffolo, chairman, president and CEO of Liquid Machines. "She is deeply involved with many key customers and has helped to position Liquid Machines as an influential thought leader across multiple sectors."

Fajen Kyne, who adds expanded leadership responsibilities to his role as chief software architect, has been a strategic element in Liquid Machines' product line for the past five years, as both a key developer and architect. Recently, Kyne's role at Liquid Machines expanded to include facilitating customer meetings and partner alliances such as SISA (Secure Information Sharing Architecture), an industry group consisting of Liquid Machines, Microsoft, EMC, Cisco and others, which is aimed at creating a comprehensive technology architecture for protecting and sharing sensitive government information. "Fajen's experience and unique perspective as our chief software architect will make him a strong and respected member of the Liquid Machines leadership team," added Ruffolo.

About Jody Saarmaa

Prior to Liquid Machines, Saarmaa was vice president of marketing for Active Control Experts, a company which combined advanced control software with innovative materials to control, sense and create motion. Saarmaa's efforts to focus the product strategy on the semiconductor manufacturing industry resulted in ACX's acquisition by Cymer, the industry's leading provider of lasers. Post acquisition, Saarmaa led a cross-functional team to develop the first product-line extension for Cymer.

Before joining ACX, Saarmaa spent 13 years at IBM, in roles spanning product marketing, sales and software development. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where she is also the chairman of the Museum Council. Saarmaa holds a MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.

About Fajen Kyne

Before joining Liquid Machines, Kyne was an architect for Fast Search and Transfer, a leading provider of enterprise search. While there, Kyne led a cross-company, multinational effort toward creating a next-generation, unified architecture for all search technologies. He also led development and QA efforts for Fast Search's paid-inclusion service, PartnerSite.

Prior to Fast Search, Kyne was technical lead for OpenDesign, a company founded to solve key problems in application programming and delivery. At OpenDesign, Kyne was responsible for the architecture and implementation of a whole-Internet-scale programmable message-routing system, as well as for contributing to overall product strategy.

Kyne has also held numerous positions at Microsoft in development, quality assurance and technical support, including serving as the technical lead for MSN Search, where he designed and implemented the core search engine and supporting technologies. During Kyne's tenure at Microsoft, he also worked on development tools such as Visual Basic, Visual J++, Scripting Runtime and the Visual Studio Universal Debugger.

About Liquid Machines

Liquid Machines is the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions that prevent the misuse, modification, loss or theft of intellectual property and sensitive information. By applying access and usage controls with the data, electronic information is persistently protected while at rest, in transit and in use -- empowering employees to securely collaborate and work with native file formats and applications. Liquid Machines enables global companies in financial services, government, manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries to protect intellectual property regardless of where it goes, generating robust access and usage reports that demonstrate compliance with privacy and industry regulations. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Masthead Venture Partners. For more information on the company and its vision for The Freedom of Security™, please visit

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