SOURCE: Overland Storage

Overland Storage

August 29, 2012 06:30 ET

Overland Storage Names Randy Gast as Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Client Services

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) - Overland Storage (NASDAQ: OVRL), the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle, today announced that Randy Gast has joined the Company as senior vice president of strategic alliances and client services.

Mr. Gast is a seasoned data storage industry executive and comes from Hewlett Packard, where he served as vice president of worldwide supply chain and logistics responsible for a $2 billion operation. He has also held executive level positions at 3PAR, Adaptec, Snap Appliance, and Maxtor Corporation. In this new position at Overland, he will be responsible for the Company's worldwide customer support organization and strategic partnerships, reporting directly to President and CEO Eric Kelly.

"Randy is a highly experienced storage industry executive who brings extensive knowledge and proven abilities that will continue to strengthen our leadership organization," said Mr. Kelly. "In this role, he will lead the customer service organization worldwide, as well as strategically support our selling strategy by leading a newly formed solutions engineering organization. This organization will allow us to make custom solutions available as part of our overall portfolio. We look forward to his contributions as we continue to build on our leadership position as a provider of world class data management solutions for small, medium, and distributed enterprises."

Prior to serving at Hewlett Packard, Mr. Gast was vice president of global operations and facility security officer (FSO) at 3PAR, where he was responsible for global operations, quality and IT, as well as security clearances and certifications for the 3PAR government group. He also previously served as global vice president of operations at Adaptec, which included manufacturing, supply chain, materials and quality, and at Snap Appliance, where he was responsible for worldwide operations and customer support, and joined Overland's CEO Eric Kelly and senior VP of global sales and marketing Jillian Mansolf as a member of the turnaround team there. In addition, Mr. Gast served at Maxtor Corporation as vice president of operations for the network storage division. He received his BS Engineering degree with honors from Arizona State University and holds a CMfgE certification.

"Overland has built a strong end-to-end suite of data storage products that customers have grown to rely upon," said Mr. Gast. "I'm confident that my experience leading worldwide service organizations will further advance our call center, installation and onsite capabilities and ensure client satisfaction and service quality globally. Additionally, our investment in a new solutions engineering team will allow us to combine our customer-centric service strategy with custom solutions that deliver and support complex data protection environments."

Overland also reported that it granted inducement stock options to purchase 50,000 shares of its common stock and 200,000 restricted stock units. The options and restricted stock units were granted as inducements material to employment in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

About Overland Storage
Overland Storage is the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle. By providing an integrated range of technologies and services for primary, nearline, offline, archival and cloud data storage, Overland makes it easy and cost effective to manage different tiers of information over time. Overland SnapServer®, SnapSAN™, NEO Series® and REO Series® solutions are available through a select network of value added resellers and system integrators. For more information, visit http://www.overlandstorage.com/.

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