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OTG Software Inc., which develops online storage and data access applications, made public a pair of appointments last week. The Bethesda, Md., company appointed former Varsity Group Inc. attorney Stuart Soberman as its newest vice president and general counsel. Soberman will be responsible for providing business and legal counsel to the executive team in areas that include contracts and licensing agreements, protection of intellectual property, human resources and SEC compliance. Also announced from OTG, Scott Carson has joined the company as vice president of storage research. Carson is reporting to OTG's CTO and is responsible for developing strategic technologies and advanced storage product architecture. Prior to joining OTG, Carson was the CTO of BakBone Software, where he helped develop corporate strategies for storage network product development. Prior to BakBone's acquisition of Tracer Technologies, Carson was one of the founders of Tracer and was the principal architect of its MagnaVault near-line storage product line for Unix.

OTG Software Inc.

Hitachi names new VP, GM Hitachi America R&D Division

Hitachi Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, announced it has appointed Eiichi Amada vice president and general manager of the Research and Development Division of Hitachi America Ltd. He succeeds Kenji Takeda, who has been named president of the Corporate Venture Capital unit of Hitachi America Ltd. The appointments are effective Jan. 21. Amada, 49, most recently was senior manager of the Hitachi Ltd., Corporate Strategic Planning Office. Takeda served as head of the Hitachi America R&D Division since June 1998 and has had responsibility of the North America operations of the Corporate Venture Capital unit since July 2000. The Hitachi America R&D Division is comprised of eight laboratories, including the Automotive Products Research Laboratory, Farmington Hills, Mich.; the Digital Media Systems Laboratory, Princeton, N.J.; the Information Technology Laboratory, Santa Clara, Calif.; the Systems LSI Research Laboratory, San Jose, Calif.; the Network Systems Research Group, Santa Clara, Calif.; the SAN Technology Lab, Santa Clara, Calif.; the Service Systems Research Group, Santa Clara, Calif.; and the Design Center in San Diego, Calif.

Hitachi Ltd.

Infiniband Co. adds VP of engineering

Fabless Infiniband semiconductor company Banderacom Inc. of Austin, Texas, hired semiconductor industry veteran Terry Hulett as vice president of engineering. In this new role, Hulett will oversee the execution of all technology research and development, managing the expansion of Banderacom's product development organization. Hulett brings 20 years of engineering experience developing microprocessors and related technologies. Before joining Banderacom, Hulett was vice president of research and development for Austin-based Si Solutions Inc. In addition, one of Banderacom's founding team members, Eric Johnson, has been named vice president of business development. Johnson will be responsible for securing additional venture funding, developing strategic partnerships, building sales channels and working with senior management to guide the company's growth. InfiniBand technology is a high-performance channel-based semiconductor architecture that provides increased scalability and reliability for servers and other Internet infrastructure equipment. Using a packet-based switching fabric, InfiniBand technology is expected to meet the need for faster, less congested and more reliable data transport through the Internet.

Banderacom Inc.

SwapDrive taps new board leader

SwapDrive of Washington, D.C., a provider of online storage and file management solutions and services, appointed David Steinberg as the chairman of the company's board of directors. Steinberg, the principal and founder of, carries more than 20 years of sales, operations and technical experience in the data communications industry to SwapDrive. In his role as chairman, Steinberg and the existing board members will be responsible for guiding the company's sales channel development, technology partnership alliances and overall product development and marketing. SwapDrive said Steinberg will play an integral role in driving its mission to evolve from a Web storage solutions provider into a company that not only offers online storage services, but also the software interface solutions that enable the management of in-house Web-based storage networks.

SwapDrive Inc.


Zantaz Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., a provider of electronic data storage, management and retrieval solutions, made public the promotion of Steve King to president and CEO, succeeding Ralph Mele, who has been named chairman. King joined Zantaz in November from E*Trade Group Inc., where he served as interim president and CEO of the company's online investment bank, E*Offering. King is charged with leading the worldwide growth and momentum of Zantaz' "Smart Storage" eArchiving solutions. In his new role as chairman, Mele will continue to focus on developing new strategic funding and business relationship opportunities to drive Zantaz' expansion.

Zantaz, Inc.

Comdisco names new head of HR

Comdisco Inc. of Rosemont, Ill., announced it has appointed Nazneen Razi as senior vice president of Human Resources. In this new position, Razi is responsible for human resources worldwide, and keeping key people in key positions to stay in sync with Comdisco's business objectives. Razi is a 22-year veteran in the HR field and, prior to Comdisco, held various positions within CNA Insurance Companies before being named senior vice president and senior human resources officer for CNA Risk Management. Comdisco has also appointed Mike DiGrazia as vice president, Corporate Global Logistics. In this new position, DiGrazia is responsible for all of Comdisco's transportation and technical services facilities worldwide. Comdisco is in the process of opening its newest Technical Services Center in the Netherlands, which is being directed by DiGrazia, to house and recondition used equipment to meet the needs of Comdisco's equipment remarketing operations. Additionally, DiGrazia is also responsible for all back office logistics coordination for Comdisco Equipment Solutions Division. Comdisco offers a suite of information technology services including business continuity, Web-Availability, storage and IT Control and Predictability Solutions.

Comdisco, Inc.

ADIC gets new European marketing head

Advanced Digital Information Corp. of Redmond, Wash., made Eric Merjagnan its director of marketing for ADIC Europe. Merjagnan's role as director puts him in charge of marketing and communications strategies across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, managing marketing activities in ADIC offices and cooperative efforts with ADIC's distributors and channel partners. Merjagnan joined ADIC from CPR Online, an online brokerage services offering of the Groupe Cr�dit Agricole Indosuez, where he served as director of marketing.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

TrueSAN adds to board; nabs new VP of engineering

San Jose, Calif.-based TrueSAN Networks Inc., an enterprise storage networking company, announced the appointment of Vincent M. Occhipinti to its board of directors and Paul von Stamwitz as vice president of engineering. Occhipinti, who immediately joins TrueSAN's board, is currently a managing director, and a founding member of Woodside Fund. Prior to founding Woodside Fund, Occhipinti, founded Logisticon Inc. which he led as president and CEO, and pioneered enterprise process and factory automation software. Von Stamwitz, newly recruited to the position of vice president of engineering, is a specialist in the fields of I/O technologies and IP networking. Most recently, as principal engineer, von Stamwitz led a team in spearheading Adaptec's Ethernet storage initiative. Working with other industry leaders, von Stamwitz helped pioneer IP storage and the iSCSI protocol.

TrueSAN Networks Inc.

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