New Hires Strengthen Company’s Operations and Sales Globally
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Jul 9, 2015: iPass Inc (NASDAQ: IPAS), the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network, has announced the appointment of three new executives. Rajani Kolli has been named vice president of operations, reporting to iPass president and CEO Gary Griffiths. In addition, reporting to Patricia Hume, iPass’ Chief Commercial Officer, are Christine Braelow, vice president of sales, Americas, and Mato Petrusic, vice president of sales, EMEA & AP.
Rajani Kolli will drive iPass’ overall network and cloud technology operations and strategy. He will be responsible for designing, building and operating the infrastructure that supports iPass’ global Wi-Fi network of over 20 million hotspots. He joins the company with 18 years of experience in developing, deploying, managing and optimizing the delivery of cloud services from global data centers for some of the industry’s leading companies, including Cisco and WebEx. Rajani has also served in a variety of technology and management positions at Saba Software, Siemens and KCP Sugar.
“Rajani was a critical member of my executive staff at WebEx and Cisco,” Gary Griffiths. “Rajani’s expertise and prowess in network operations and strategic vision played a critical role in WebEx’s success, implementing key initiatives to reduce operating costs while significantly improving performance and reliability. We are very fortunate to have Rajani’s hand on the helm that will guide the growth and efficiency of iPass’ network and cloud operations; he is truly one of the most accomplished technology executives in Silicon Valley.”
As vice president of sales, Americas, Braelow will be responsible for leading iPass’ sales and solution engineering teams across North, Central and South America. She brings over 20 years of technology experience, having co-founded Lynx-Consulting, an Enterprise Resource Planning consulting firm. In her most recent role, she was a Client Partner executive for SAP America, where she supported and provided innovative solutions for high profile Silicon Valley customers.
As vice president of sales, EMEA and AP, Petrusic will be leading all sales and business development across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Most recently, he successfully led VMWare’s General Business Sales & Partner Ecosystem Sales in Central EMEA. He has also served as VP of Sales at GFI Software in EMEA & APAC, and VP of Worldwide Distribution Sales, Alliances & Sales Operations for the SME Division at SAP AG, where he significantly contributed to the evolution and expansion of its Channels and Ecosystem.
“I’ve worked closely with Mato frequently over the past decade, notably in Avaya and SAP,” said Patricia Hume, “I can attest to Mato’s sales experience, leadership and, most importantly, his ability to drive new business growth. Likewise, Christine is a savvy and tenacious executive, blending large enterprise sales experience with no-nonsense entrepreneurial spirit. I am delighted to have them both on our commercial leadership team.”
About iPass Inc.
iPass delivers global, mobile connectivity as a hosted cloud service, connecting its customers with the people and information that matter the most on all of the devices they choose to carry: smartphones, tablets and laptops. iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network, with 20 million hotspots in airports, hotels, airplanes and public areas in more than 120 countries across the globe. In the rapidly changing technology of Internet connectivity, iPass is the industry pioneer in ensuring businesses have unlimited access to unlimited content.
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