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Senior channel sales expert tasked with driving revenues of Drobo smart storage and Transporter private cloud technologies

LONDON, UK – June 4th, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions and Transporter private cloud platform, has announced the appointment of Kevin Vine as vice president (VP) of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Vine will report to Jillian Mansolf, Executive VP of Global Sales and Chief Marketing Officer at Connected Data.

Vine has more than 25 years experience in the IT industry working for brands including HGST, Buffalo, Ericsson and US Robotics/3Com. His career has focused on creating strategies that directly impact sales and strengthen marketing efforts, more recently for G-Tech’s expansion into the Apple market. Prior to this he built and successfully ran the entire Buffalo channel programme for the company’s extensive range of consumer and business storage products. In addition to holding senior channel sales and management positions at these companies, Vine spent several years as managing director of networking services at Ingram Micro.

Commenting on the appointment, Mansolf said: “Kevin’s strong background in developing and building US brands’ market share in EMEA is impressive. His ability to understand the market and then rapidly and efficiently build out the best channel model is exactly what a fast-growing business like Connected Data needs. Kevin will play a fundamental role in our growth plans across EMEA in the second half of 2014 as we focus on building our sales, marketing and technical support in the region. We’re all extremely pleased to have him on board.”

In his new role, Vine will be tasked with managing and driving EMEA revenues of Connected Data’s business portfolio which features the Drobo smart storage family and the new Transporter private cloud platform. While his team will continue to work closely with distributors CMS, Ingram Micro, Comline and Beta Distribution he expects to significantly increase the number of resellers selling these brands within the next 12-18 months.”

Vine said: “The combination of the Transporter and Drobo brands presents a compelling proposition to build a major channel business across EMEA serving the storage and private cloud needs of the consumer, prosumer and SMB communities. Not only is the technology outstanding – the business potential for the channel to both sell and integrate these solutions is excellent.”

About Connected Data
Connected Data, the creator of Transporter, the world’s first peer to peer private storage device is focused on providing elegantly designed solutions for consumers, professionals and businesses. Transporter devices allow customers to privately share and protect data at a fraction of the cost of fee based cloud services. The Connected Data team consists of the same professionals responsible for the popular Drobo storage array and the creation of the high performance BlueArc Silicon Server. Connected Data is privately funded and based in San Jose, California. For more information, visit connectimation.wpengine.com.

James Carter / Emily Gallagher
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