Datapower Adds Former Cisco Executive as CEO & President To its Stellar Senior Management Team; Formally Announces VP Of Sales

Fast Growing Demand for Its XML-Aware Networking Products Drives DataPower’s

Expansion Coast to Coast

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-April 14, 2003 – DataPower Technology, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent XML-aware network infrastructure announced today that it has appointed former Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) executive Jim Ricotta as its chief executive officer and president. Enterprise use of XML, SOAP and Web Services continues to grow at an astounding pace and requires the best XML-aware networking infrastructure for the performance, security and manageability of XML. With tremendous demand for both its DataPower XS40 XML Security Gateway(tm) and DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator(tm) solutions, DataPower has expanded its sales team and opened two additional sales offices on both the East and West Coast. DataPower also formally announced the appointment of Larry D’Angelo as its vice president of sales; Larry has officially been with DataPower since December, 2002.

Jim Ricotta comes to DataPower with over twenty (20) years of experience in the networking and enterprise computing industries. Jim was most recently the General Manager of Cisco Systems’ Content Networking division and was responsible for Layer4-7 switching, Content Delivery Networking (CDN), and caching products. Previously, Jim co-founded SightPath, an early pioneer in CDN products and he served as SightPath’s CEO and Chairman from its inception in 1998 through its acquisition by Cisco in May 2000. Prior to SightPath, Jim held positions in engineering, marketing, sales, and general management at leading high technology companies that include Avid Technology, Sun Microsystems and IBM. Jim holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSEE from Cornell University.

“DataPower is very fortunate to have attracted someone of Jim’s caliber and industry experience as CEO,” said Eugene Kuznetsov, founder, chairman and CTO at DataPower Technology Inc. “Jim’s track record of success with companies in fast-growing markets like content-aware networking is a tremendous benefit to DataPower as we continue our rapid growth, and his demonstrated leadership at SightPath and Cisco Systems further extend DataPower’s lead in the XML-aware networking space. The entire management team is very pleased.”

“Use of XML in the enterprise is exploding and this is driving demand for XML-aware networking devices to solve complex performance and security issues for customers,” said Jim Ricotta, president and CEO at DataPower Technology Inc. “I’m thrilled to be leading DataPower – the only company with four (4) years of experience in this field, the fastest, field-proven XML processing technology that DataPower developed and owns, and a proven senior management team.”

Additionally, Larry D’Angelo joined DataPower as vice president of sales last December and brings a deep knowledge of consultative sales of enterprise software solutions. As vice president Larry leads the DataPower sales organization and is responsible for all field sales operations as well as post-sales customer care and service. Prior to DataPower, Larry was vice president of worldwide sales and service at Revenio, a leading CRM solution provider, where he was responsible for major enterprise accounts that included Agilent, Bank of America, and Boise Cascade.

Jim joins an already stellar team at DataPower that includes numerous industry veterans and luminaries including board member Cheng Wu (founder of Arrowpoint now part of Cisco Systems, and Arris Networks), XML visionary Eugene Kuznetsov (founder of DataPower Technology Inc.), vice president of sales Larry D’Angelo (Revenio), vice president of engineering Bill Tao (Sycamore Networks), and vice president of advanced technology Steve Willis (co-founder at Wellfleet, now part of Nortel Networks, and Argon Networks, now part of Unisphere).

With its tremendous growth, DataPower also opened two additional sales offices in New York City and Palo Alto, California. These new offices as well as new sales and services executives help DataPower to better meet the great customer demand for DataPower’s XML-Aware Networking products and augments sales efforts from DataPower’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About DataPower Technology
DataPower Technology provides enterprises with intelligent XML-Aware network infrastructure to ensure unparalleled performance, security and manageability of next-generation applications and XML Web Services. DataPower’s patent-pending XML Generation Three (XG3(tm)) technology powers the industry’s first wire-speed XML-aware networking devices that provide immediate return on technology investments while streamlining application deployments. Founded in 1999, DataPower is privately held and based in Cambridge, MA. Investors include Seed Capital Partners, Venrock Associates and Mobius Venture Capital. For more information about DataPower Technology, please contact 617-864-0455 or visit

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