SOURCE: Optiant, Inc.

November 13, 2007 10:06 ET

Optiant Announces New Board Members Padman Ramankutty and Dr. David Anderson

Seasoned Industry Investors Bring Proven Success in Supply Chain Businesses

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Optiant, the premier provider of supply chain network design and inventory optimization technology, announces the addition of Padman Ramankutty and Dr. David Anderson to Optiant's board of directors.

Dr. David L. Anderson, Managing Director of Supply Chain Ventures LLC, an investment company specializing in innovative supply chain technology, has made an investment within Optiant. Dr. Anderson was formerly a global managing partner for the $1.5 billion Supply Chain Consulting Practice at Accenture Consulting, retiring in 2002. Since retiring from Accenture, Dave has focused on angel and early-stage investing in innovative marketing and supply chain businesses, including Lean Logistics, New Vine Logistics, TrueDemand, Kiva and Tumri. In the late 1980s, he was a founder of Operations Technology, Inc., a web-based, intelligent messaging software company.

"Effectively controlling channel inventories has long been a major challenge for corporations," indicates Dr. Anderson. "Globalization has made the problem more complex by extending supply lines into countries with less-than-optimal logistics infrastructure. Optiant has a solid track record of delivering significant cost savings and service improvements to its customers. Our investment will help Optiant showcase their innovative solutions to a broader range of companies and explain to them how they can become better supply chain managers using world-class optimization technologies."

Dr. Anderson is on the Board of Directors of New Vine Logistics of Napa California, LeanLogistics of Holland, Michigan and Control Group of New York. He is also on the advisory boards of Logispring, a European venture firm specializing in supply chain investments, and TrueDemand of Los Gatos, California.

Padman Ramankutty is a Partner at Intrigo Systems LLC and a well-noted supply chain expert. Mr. Ramankutty serves as a strategic advisor to industry-leading companies, including Nike and Rubbermaid, and brings to Optiant more than 20 years of experience and thought leadership in supply chain management and advanced planning and scheduling solutions.

Mr. Ramankutty previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bristlecone, Inc., a global technology consulting company and provider of extended supply chain solutions. In his role, he oversaw the development and execution of go-to-market strategies for Bristlecone's competencies in supply chain management, ERP, and applications management services. Achievements at Bristlecone included securing partnerships with SAP AG and SAP Labs India and merging with Mahindra Consulting.

Prior to founding Bristlecone in 1998, Mr. Ramankutty headed SAP's High Tech Global Industry Business Unit where he successfully positioned SAP R/3 as the premier enterprise solution for the semiconductor industry. Padman has also played a key role in the development, strategic assessment and marketing of SAP's Supply Chain Optimization and MES programs. He has held senior operational positions in diverse industries ranging from aerospace and defense, food processing and engineering.

"Optiant's laser sharp focus in helping its customers derive exceptional value from its supply chain optimization solutions and services has garnered the company deep-rooted trust and credibility from its list of premier companies," comments Mr. Ramankutty. "I am delighted to be joining the company's Board of Directors and assisting the management team as it leverages these successes towards mainstreaming its solutions in the demanding marketplace."

About Optiant

Optiant, a premier provider of supply chain network design, inventory optimization, and supply chain business intelligence solutions, helps Global 2000 companies optimize bottom-line performance through the creation of the world's most responsive and resilient supply chains.

Optiant's solutions optimally balance resources, total costs, and customer service across the supply chain to deliver greater profitability, increased customer satisfaction, more efficient use of capital, and a resilient supply chain that fully handles uncertainty in supply and demand. Optiant has transformed supply chains for the world's leading manufacturers including Black & Decker, Gillette (a Procter & Gamble division), Henkel, HP, IKEA, Imation, Intel, Microsoft and Sonoco.

Delivering millions of dollars in returns, Optiant's industry-focused solution, certified for integration by SAP, generates quantifiable business results within 90 days of implementation. Optiant's solutions are based on award-winning research from MIT and decades of experience dedicated to the identification and realization of supply chain efficiencies. For more information, please visit

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