Opengear Hires Rick Stevenson as CEO

Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:49am EDT

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Opengear (, provider of next generation console server
and remote management solutions, announced today that Rick Stevenson will
be its new CEO. Stevenson has previously worked with Opengear's founders
while at several startups, including Stallion Technologies and SnapGear.
He replaces Bob Waldie, who will become Opengear's Executive Chairman.

    "The team at Opengear has built successful companies before. It is an
exciting time for me to join Opengear because of Opengear's technological
vision, their commitment to open source and, ultimately, their ability to
control complex, distributed systems and networks," said Stevenson, new
CEO of Opengear.

    Stevenson previously served as CEO at SnapGear -- a leading developer of
network security devices that was sold into McAfee -- where he served as
a vice president of product development. He has also held senior roles at
IBM, Secure Computing, Stallion Technologies and Pyramid Technology, as
well as having been involved in several successful startup companies. He
has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from the University
of Queensland and currently serves there as an Adjunct Professor in the
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

    Now Executive Chairman at Opengear, co-founder Bob Waldie expressed how
fortunate the company was to be able to attract a seasoned executive of
Stevenson's caliber. "Rick has a deep technical knowledge in network
security and embedded systems, and he's been a stalwart supporter of the
FOSS community. He also has a breadth of commercial experience leading
technology companies." 

    Opengear reported a 50% growth in North American revenues in 2010 and has
added several new members to its executive ranks as the company increases
global momentum:

--  Dr. Brendan Baker, Manager of Business Development and Sales in
    Australia and New Zealand:
     Baker recently joined Opengear and has
    more than 13 years' experience in the ICT sector, including roles in
    engineering and research. Brendan comes to Opengear from Queensland
    University of Technology (QUT) where he served as a research lab
    manager and researcher. He has held roles both as a visiting scholar
    at the T.J Watson IBM Research Center in New York, and as Professeur
    Invite at the Universite d'Avignon, France. Brendan also has
    extensive experience in the control and automation fields, having
    worked as a Software Engineer in the transport division at Invensys
    Rail and Foxboro Australia. He holds a PhD, and
    BE(Electronics)/BInfoTech from QUT.
--  Robert Waldie, Vice President Business Development in UK and Europe:
    Waldie manages the Opengear UK operation and is responsible for
    technology partnering, channel development, marketing strategy,
    channel sales training and technical support there and in Europe.
    Prior to setting up the UK operation Robert led the Opengear software
    development team. Before Opengear, Waldie worked as a software
    engineer with Secure Computing / Cyberguard / Snapgear and BRDC
    developing embedded Linux security and network applications. Robert
    holds a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Linguistics from the
    University of Queensland.


Opengear will be exhibiting at CiscoLive (July 10-14) in Las Vegas
at booth 872. Rick Stevenson will be at the show talking to prospective
partners and customers. 

    About Opengear
 Opengear ( develops
enterprise-grade remote infrastructure management solutions. It designs
and manufactures next generation console servers for secure remote access
and control of routers, switches, servers, firewalls, uninterruptible
power supplies, power distribution units and environmental monitoring
devices. Opengear's open source platforms give network managers and
system integrators the most flexible, extensible and secure remote
management solution on the market today.


Bret Clement 
Opengear PR

Kyle Peterson
Opengear PR

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