SOURCE: Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory, Inc.

October 14, 2015 03:01 ET

Violin Memory Hires Former Pure Storage Executive to Lead EMEA Sales and Adds New Sales Leadership to Asia Pacific, Latin America Regions

New Executives Will Execute Sales and Customer Engagement Strategies to Accelerate Adoption of Company's Flash Storage Platform Internationally

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - October 14, 2015) - Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning all flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced two key appointments to the company's global sales organization. Carlo Wolf, formerly of Pure Storage, joins Violin as vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Magnus Almquist steps into the role of Violin's vice president of sales for Asia Pacific, Latin America and Emerging Markets. Both executives have extensive experience in international sales management, go-to-market strategies, channel development and customer engagement working at companies including Cisco and Philips, as well as Ericsson and Redback Networks, respectively. Wolf and Almquist report to Said Ouissal, head of Violin Memory's worldwide field operations, who is committed to cultivating top industry achievers to create a premier sales organization and an exceptional customer engagement experience. Their work together will drive the widespread adoption of the company's Flash Storage Platform™ (FSP) in the enterprise storage space.

"Carlo and Magnus bring strong international backgrounds, sales leadership, and industry insight, so customers around the globe will receive excellent guidance and support as they migrate from legacy disk to an all flash data center," said Said Ouissal. "They will be instrumental in helping our customers realize the real value FSP delivers -- an affordable, simple to deploy, true enterprise-class primary storage with the highest levels of performance, availability and protection."

Prior to Violin, Wolf was regional director of central Europe at Pure Storage. His IT industry experience also includes 18 years at Cisco where he was managing director for Germany, and grew the technology business revenue to over $1 billion, leading 1,000 employees and building one of the strongest partner networks in the region. Wolf began his career at Philips in Germany. He completed the Stanford Executive Programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California.

Almquist has more than 25 years experience in executive sales management and strategic sales to customers worldwide. Before joining Violin, Almquist was the vice president worldwide sales leader at a cyber security start-up. He has worked at start-ups, medium-sized and fortune 500 companies, including Ericsson and Redback Networks,where he built highly efficient and effective sales organizations. Almquist speaks fluent English, Spanish, French and Swedish and holds an MSc in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Linkoping, Sweden.

About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Visit Violin Memory at and follow us

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential benefits to Violin Memory resulting from the appointments of Messrs. Wolf and Almquist, potential technology, business and financial benefits to customers resulting from the use of Violin Memory's products, and Violin Memory's business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at and on the SEC's website at All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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