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Avocent Recruits IT Exec as CEO

Avocent announced that its Board of Directors selected Michael J. Borman as the company's new CEO and newest member of the board.

Avocent announced that its Board of Directors selected Michael J. Borman as the company's new CEO and newest member of the board, effective July 15.

Borman most recently served as vice president, worldwide sales, of IBM Software Group, where he was responsible for annual revenues of more than $15 billion and a 15,000-person sales force. His previous roles at IBM included general manager of the I Series and P Series server product lines as well as other positions. He also served as president and COO of Blue Martini Software.

"Mike brings with him a strong track record of execution and proven leadership ability," said Ed Harper, Avocent's chairman of the board and interim CEO, in a statement. "We view this highly strategic appointment of Mike with his demonstrated ability to grow both software and hardware sales, his technical knowledge, and his proven ability to elicit support from all levels of channel distribution, as a crucial step in Avocent's transformation in becoming a leader in IT operations management."

"I look forward to working with the leadership team already in place to capitalize on Avocent's innovative products and solutions and help the company achieve its next phase of growth," said Borman. "Avocent has excellent opportunities to offer its premier customer base as well as new customers exciting new solutions to reduce costs and simplify their IT operations."



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