PowerQuest Names New President/CEO
Paul Winn, former IBM Executive and CEO of Genicom, selected to head storage management software company
OREM, Utah - Nov. 13, 2000 - PowerQuest Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, has selected Paul Winn as its new president and CEO. Winn, most recently the CEO at Genicom for 10 years and a former IBM executive, has extensive experience in developing storage management products and systems.
“PowerQuest has a history of growth and innovation, and I’m excited to be part of this company’s dynamic future,” said Winn. “The storage management market is experiencing accelerated growth, and PowerQuest is well positioned to deliver solutions to help businesses manage their increasing storage needs. PowerQuest is in a great market space.”
Winn graduated from Utah State University in 1969 with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. While at U.S.U., Winn was recruited to work for IBM. In his first nine years with IBM, he helped develop several new families of magnetic tape storage products, large capacity flexible magnetic disk storage media subsystems and new technologies for tape library subsystems. Winn was then appointed IBM’s test laboratory manager. Under his direction, his team validated numerous storage product lines including IBM’s mass storage subsystem and hierarchical storage management software products. Winn then was appointed product manager of new high-speed printing products, then division director of technical staffs. In his last seven years at IBM he was vice president and general manager, first in the Systems Printing, Software and Copier Business, and then for IBM’s Graphic Systems business unit.
In 1990, Winn left IBM to become CEO of Genicom, a publicly traded document imaging company that required a turnaround to become profitable. During his 10-year tenure, he restructured the company by streamlining expenses, improving profit margins, completing acquisitions and generating new revenue streams. While at Genicom, Winn led the implementation of entirely new global systems for the company.
Commenting on Winn’s appointment, PowerQuest chairman of the board, Bob Frankenberg, said, “PowerQuest has grown to the point where we need to manage a higher level of operating complexity, deeper strategic partnerships and product breadth. Paul brings to PowerQuest broad general management experience, public company leadership and great customer and partner perspective – just the right skills and knowledge.”
PowerQuest founder and former CEO Eric J. Ruff agreed, “Paul has the experience to continue our leadership in professional desktop storage management and expand our presence into more mission critical enterprise storage solutions.” Ruff will be taking on the new role of chief architect. “I want to focus on the company’s vision and technology,” he said. “I will concentrate on our mission to simplify complex storage management issues by managing storage growth, deploying networked storage, and protecting storage availability. This will also allow me to spend more time with my number one priority, my family.”
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries. www.powerquest.com
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