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As chief technology officer, Simon Roach will spearhead research and product development across the KEMP LoadMaster family of products.
Yaphank, N.Y. – June 12, 2012 – KEMP Technologies today announced that Simon Roach has been named chief technology officer. As CTO, Mr. Roach will spearhead research and product development across the KEMP LoadMaster family of products. Mr. Roach will also lead strategic initiatives addressing KEMP’s next-generation product offerings and current load balancing solutions.
“KEMP’S commitment to improve customer satisfaction by accelerating user access to business-critical web applications with affordable, yet powerful server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers, combined with a pipeline of exciting new opportunities on the horizon, make this an incredible time to join the KEMP team,” said Mr. Roach.
Mr. Roach brings to KEMP more than 25 years of software productization experience with more than 15 years in technical/executive positions. After graduating in 1985 with a 1st Class Honors Degree in Physics and Computing, Mr. Roach held R&D positions at Siemens AG, Siemens-Nixdorf and AT&T with a focus on operating system kernels and Internet protocols. As co-founder, joint-CEO and CTO of GMRS Software GmbH, he was responsible for the creation of a revolutionary new generation of flexible call processing technology and the successful growth of the business, leading to its acquisition by Brain Force AG in 2000.
During a five-year tenure as Managing Director and Design Authority of Brain Force’s Communication Networks Division, he was responsible for the creation of a portfolio of software products (including what is now the KEMP LoadMaster). As a partner in Roach & Stolz Software GmbH since 2005, Mr. Roach has been heavily engaged in developing standardized best practice approaches to conducting software technology and IT due diligence assessments for the investor community in Europe and the USA.
“We are thrilled to have the original creator of KEMP’s load balancing technology and a software and information technology industry leader join our team,” said Peter Melerud, executive vice president of product management of KEMP. “Simon brings deep technical experience and has a proven track record of fueling expansion in the companies he manages. His experience and management will help KEMP’s LoadMaster and virtual load balancer solutions (VLM) continue to be the leaders in high availability and reliable load balancing for business customers of all sizes.”
About KEMP Technologies
KEMP Technologies is the #1 price/performance load balancer and application delivery controller, used by thousands of businesses who consider IT, e-commerce, web and business applications as mission-critical to their long-term success. KEMP helps companies rapidly grow their business by providing 24/7 infrastructure availability, better web performance and secure operations – while streamlining IT costs.
KEMP’s LoadMaster products include Layers 4-7 load balancing, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, intrusion prevention system), plus one full year of product support – delivering industry leading price/performance.