ALAMEDA, Calif., May 30, 2001 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today announced the appointment of Steve Kennedy as vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. In this new position, Kennedy will be responsible for directing Wind River's sales efforts in North America, Europe the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. In addition, Kennedy will direct corporate communications globally. Wind River's direct sales force accounts for about 700 sales and field engineers, while worldwide corporate marketing for Wind River totals nearly 35 professionals.
"We are happy to welcome Steve to Wind River," said Tom St. Dennis, president and chief executive officer for Wind River. "Steve brings to Wind River the valuable experience of building a cohesive sales and marketing organization. We saw the importance of creating this position to help Wind River strengthen our position as a global strategic supplier. I look to Steve to lead our field sales into new territories, deepen Wind River's relationships with new and existing customers, while growing the Wind River brand name."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with an organization that markets truly innovative products and services," said Steve Kennedy, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Wind River. "It is the responsibility of the Wind River sales and marketing team to educate our customers, both new and existing, on our suite of complete solution-level products. Because we offer a complete development environment, from hardware bring-up, to development tools, and a variety of operating systems, we have an exceptional market opportunity ahead of us. We clearly have the necessary elements for strong growth, an exceptional management team, strong customer relationships, and dedication to technical excellence."
Kennedy joins Wind River with an established background in sales and marketing. Prior to joining Wind River, he was senior vice president worldwide sales and marketing at SONICblue Corporation from 1999 to the present. Kennedy also spent 10 years at Quantum Corporation, where he most recently served as the executive vice president worldwide sales and marketing. While at Quantum, Kennedy was an integral part of the company's sales growth, which went from $200 million when he started to $5.9 billion when he left the company. Kennedy holds a B.A. in Business Studies from Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, England.
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
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Director, Global Communications