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JNI appoints a pair a VPs

JNI Corp., San Diego, Calif., a manufacturer of enterprise-level storage area network (SAN) products and Fibre Channel-based host bus adapters (HBAs) for Solaris servers, has made two appointments to its executive management team. Shaun Walsh was appointed vice president of marketing, while Hugo Santos assumes the position of vice president of human resources. JNI said that the appointments are a step toward paving the way for the company's long-term growth. Walsh is responsible for all marketing activities worldwide including product management, corporate communications, channel marketing and strategic alliances. Santos, has been assigned the task of managing the company's human resources operation.

JNI Corp.

MTI names new CFO

Dale Wight has landed the position of chief financial officer for MTI Technology Corp. Wight, the former director of finance for Informix Software, Inc., will head up the company's financial and accounting functions on a worldwide basis. His responsibilities include financial forecasting, reporting and analysis. Paul Emery, MTI's chief operating officer, was acting chief financial officer before the appointment. MTI develops and manufactures storage servers for enterprise environments.

MTI Technology Corp.

StorageNetworks looks in-house for engineering and operations leader

StorageNetworks, Inc., a Waltham, Mass.-based storage services provider (SSP) announced the promotion of Mike Tardif to executive vice president of engineering and operations. In his new position, Tardif will direct the team responsible for StorageNetworks' software development technology, as well as the lead efforts in the current build-out of the StorageNetworks' Global Data Storage Network (GDSN). Tardif will continue to report directly to co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Peter Bell. Tardif joined StorageNetworks in January of 2000, from The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he was vice president of IT infrastructure.

StorageNetworks, Inc.

SmartDisk nabs logistics guru

SmartDisk Corp., Naples, Fla., appointed Ben Schugar to the position of senior vice president, operations for the Company's Personal Storage Systems (PSS) division. Schugar will manage the PSS division's manufacturing, procurement, customer fulfillment, and technical support functions. The division designs, engineers, markets and supports the Company's line of ultra-slim portable hard drives, portable CD/R-W drives and other digital data storage products. Prior to joining SmartDisk, Mr. Schugar was executive vice president, global operations for Logicare, Inc. of Melville, NY. In that position, he was responsible for Logicare's global expansion and worldwide logistics initiatives.

SmartDisk Corp.

Xdrive appoints new exec

Internet storage specialist Xdrive Technologies, Inc., has brought Karl Klessig on board as its new executive vice president. Klessig will focus on strategic development for Xdrive, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. ring his career, Klessig founded and was CEO of three software and technology companies. Klessig is a frequent speaker around the world on topics such as strategic partnering, market directions and technology evolution. Recently, Klessig retired from his positions as the Chairman of the Software Council and member of the Board of the Open Group and X/Open, the major open systems standards organization for computers and telecommunications.

XDrive Technologies, Inc.

Chaparral appoints, promotes new executives

Chaparral Network Storage, Inc., a storage networking solutions provider announced two new appointments to the executive team. Ted Niemann has been promoted to Vice President of Finance. In his new role, Niemann will oversee all accounting and finance responsibilities for the company. Niemann has served as Chaparral's Controller since June 1999. In addition, Robert Selinger has been appointed to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Selinger will work on the evaluation and establishment of technology partnerships and industry alliances, as well as serve as Chaparral's primary technology representative for customers, storage industry partners, analysts and investors. Prior to joining Chaparral, Selinger served as vice president and CTO for Global Accelerator and was Vice President and Chief Technologist for Adaptec, Inc.

Chaparral Network Storage, Inc.

WorldStor appoints CFO on the heels of funding round

Prompted by a recent funding round that raised $39 million, WorldStor, Inc., has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer to the executive team to manage the newly raised capital. Scott Yancey, formerly of Network Access Solutions brings 25 years of financial and operational experience to the Fairfax, VA.-based storage service provider (SSP).

WorldStor, Inc.

BitMicro gets Extreme?vice president

Fremont, Calif.-headquartered BitMicro Networks, Inc., announced that Nexsi Vice President of Manufacturing, Paul Romeo has joined its Advisory Board. BitMicro develops high performance flash disk, solid-state disk and network storage solutions. Prior to Nexsi, Romeo served as the Vice President of Operations for Gigabit Ethernet developer Extreme Networks.

BitMicro Networks, Inc.

Lucent executive joins StorageWay

StorageWay, Inc., a storage utility service provider said Rob Farris has joined the company as vice president of worldwide sales. Farris, recently a senior executive at Lucent Technologies, Messaging Division, will report to J. Kim Fennell, president and CEO. Farris will spearhead StorageWay's worldwide sales organization, and specifically, will be responsible for all aspects of the company's sales efforts both direct and indirect, channel partnerships and systems engineering.

StorageWay, Inc.

KOM Networks adds to management team

KOM Networks, a storage management software company, appointed Jeffrey Dale as the company's new President. Dale will take guide the Ottawa, Ontario company's corporate positioning and growth and joins KOM from Tellamon Photonic Networks Inc., where he was the Vice President of business development.

KOM Networks, Inc.

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