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Liquidware Labs Expands Executive Team with Industry Veterans and Sets the Stage for Aggressive Growth and Product Development Strategies

Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation, today announced three new executive team members. Vizioncore alumni, Chris Akerberg, David Feathergill and Grace Krokidas, join an executive leadership team that already boasts recognized names in the virtualization industry, including David Bieneman, founder of Vizioncore, Tyler Rohrer, formerly of FOEDUS, Sonja Pelichet, formerly of Dunes, Jason Mattox, formerly of Vizioncore, and Steve Gant, founder of TNT/vmSight. FOEDUS and Dunes were acquired by VMware; Vizioncore was acquired by Quest Software, and vmSight was acquired by Liquidware Labs and was the basis of the company’s leading Stratusphere FIT and UX solutions.

"This is the right time to bring these individuals on board as we launch aggressive plans for sales expansion, product development and marketing," said David Bieneman, CEO and co-founder of Liquidware Labs. "I'm very excited to have a super group of veteran 'rock stars' to drive us to hyper-growth." Liquidware Labs will also expand operations with a new office in Chicago, making its main operating locations Chicago, Atlanta and Vich, Switzerland.

"We've had tremendous validation of our business model this year," Bieneman said. "We've dramatically increased sales, while making significant partner and OEM alliances, and our solutions have garnered awards and industry recognition across the globe. We want to capitalize on our strengths with a team that has an established track record of year-over-year triple digit growth."

Outstanding Liquidware Labs Achievements, First Half of 2011:

  • Receiving the Citrix Ready 2011 Solution of the Year Award
  • Solidifying partnerships with VMware, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Cisco, Quest Software and NetApp
  • Expanding EMEA presence with new European offices
  • Expanding its activity in China, Japan and Korea & double byte compatibility
  • Upgrading the Acceler8 channel program to enable more organizations to migrate to VDI
  • Gaining visibility with speaking sessions at Cloud Slam '11
  • Being recognized in CRN's "Top 100 Virtualization Companies To Watch," and "100 People You Don't Know But Should" list.

Liquidware Labs' rapidly expanding client roster boasts a large number of Fortune 1000 companies, including Walmart, Cisco, Honeywell, Hertz and MetLife, among others.

New Executive Team Members:

Chris Akerberg joins Liquidware Labs as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Akerberg was previously VP of Global Sales for Server Virtualization at Quest Software, which he joined through the acquisition of Vizioncore. He was instrumental in building out a powerful channel for Vizioncore’s products, driving sales and taking Vizioncore from a small start-up to the industry leader in virtualization management solutions in just a few years. With more than 15 years’ experience in executive sales management and marketing positions in high tech markets, Akerberg has worked with Sprint, Barracuda Networks and Acer, and he has specialized in developing markets, implementing channel strategies and driving sales programs for new technologies. He holds a B.S. in Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS) from Northern Illinois University.

"Liquidware Labs is positioned perfectly in this market for explosive growth with its innovative solutions, strong market awareness and a stable of proven market veterans leading the effort," said Akerberg. "I am thrilled to join this group and help take it to the next level. The energy and passion reminds me of the early Vizioncore days, and I am extremely excited and focused on having another successful venture here at Liquidware."

David Feathergill joins Liquidware Labs as Chief Software Architect. In this role, he will focus on accelerating the pace and raising the bar on ProfileUnity, Liquidware Labs User Environment Management software. Feathergill’s experience in virtualization technologies spans almost a decade, having joinedVizioncore in 2002 as a developer of a suite of tools to support Citrix MetaFrame professional engagements. He played a key role in creating software development best practices at the company, while continuing to add more robust functionality to virtualization products. Feathergill holds a B.S. in Telecommunications Management from Illinois State University.

Grace Krokidas joins Liquidware Labs as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. In this role, she is tasked with building on the company’s visibility with media and analysts, as well as to drive awareness and education for customers and collaboration with partners. Krokidas was instrumental in making Vizioncore a "household name" in the virtualization community by providing strong support for the user groups, bloggers and evangelists who launched themselves in the early days of the industry. Prior to Vizioncore, Krokidas created marketing strategy and channel programs for Zebra Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Ricoh Business Systems and DeVry University, among others. She has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University in Chicago.

Published Monday, August 01, 2011 9:09 AM by David Marshall
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