VBrick Taps Doug Howard as CEO

Howard has nearly two decades of networking experience and joins VBrick from USA.NET, the wholly owned subsidiary of Perimeter E-Security.
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Enterprise IP video solutions provider VBrick has upgraded its executive team, appointing communications industry veteran Doug Howard as CEO.

Howard has nearly two decades of networking experience and joins VBrick from USA.NET, the wholly owned subsidiary of Perimeter E-Security, a leader of enterprise-class security and compliance technologies. He brings to VBrick deep experience in business development, M&A, operations, engineering, marketing and sales, and executive leadership of global companies.

The company also promoted John Shaw to Chief Operating Officer. Shaw has played a key role in helping VBrick reach major milestones in 2009, a year in which the company added over 400 new customers (such as the recently announced deal with the Federal Trade Commission) to its roster while unveiling technologies for capturing, managing and distributing live and on-demand video and rich media.

Howard replaces Vince Graziani, who has served as VBrick’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007. Graziani will stay actively engaged with VBrick by continuing to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

While at USA.NET, Howard served as President and oversaw all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, business strategy and service delivery. Under his leadership USA.NET experienced 25 percent yearly revenue growth.

“Doug’s proven leadership in various fields of high-tech – including software, Internet security and telecommunications – and his established track record of growing revenues in emerging markets make him the ideal leader to steer VBrick to the very top of the enterprise IP video streaming market,” said Pete Chung, managing member of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and a member of VBrick’s Board of Directors.

Howard is a widely quoted expert across several high-profile technology areas including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud computing and IT/network security. He is a regular on the technology industry speaking circuit, having addressed attendees at Interop and Computer Security Institute (CSI) events, as well as myriad other conferences. Howard has also co-authored a book entitled “Security 2020” that is due to be published in 2010. The book will examine contemporary and future network-specific cyber attacks, including Video and Voice Over IP, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and how enterprises can bolster their defenses to safeguard against them.

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