BitTorrent Appoints New VPs to its Management Team
SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2008–BitTorrent, the global standard technology for the delivery of rich media on the Internet, today announced that Ilan Shamir has joined the company as vice president of engineering, where he will drive the company’s technology roadmap and oversee its world-class engineering team. BitTorrent also announced that Simon Morris, previously director of product management, has been promoted to vice president of product management and is now responsible for the direction of BitTorrent’s software clients, products and services. “Above and beyond a world-renowned brand and many millions of users, what makes BitTorrent special is a world-class product development team. I am proud to announce that we have recruited Simon and Ilan to lead our development efforts,” said Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc. “They will play a critical role as we continue to drive the growth of our user base and technology adoption within our ecosystem of partners, including content publishers, software developers, hardware manufacturers, and network operators.” Ilan Shamir brings over 20 years of experience as a seasoned executive, manager and architect. Prior to joining BitTorrent’s world-class team of engineers, Shamir was the general manager of Endpoint Products at Check Point Software Technologies, responsible for leading a distributed organization of 120 employees and the direction of products for both the consumer and enterprise businesses. Before Check Point, Shamir has held key leadership positions at Decru (now NetApp), ePit Systems, and Senterprise Inc. Most notably, Shamir was the CEO, CTO and Founder of SideTalk Inc. where he grew the company to 30 employees and later sold it to a public company. Shamir has also served as a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab focused on peer-to-peer software research. Shamir earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel). New VP of product management Simon Morris has over 15 years of experience serving in leadership positions responsible for product strategy, development and management. Before joining BitTorrent, Morris was the director of product management for Openwave System’s Client Business, where he led all strategy, planning and execution for a $100 million-a-year global business unit. During his tenure at Openwave, he also led divisional strategic planning for Openwave’s $300 million-a-year server division. Prior to that, Morris led channel and product marketing for the worldwide hosted public key infrastructure (PKI) Affiliate business at VeriSign, a leading Internet infrastructure services provider, and was a founder of Mercantil, Inc., a successful venture-backed online business based in South America. Morris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cambridge University and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. About BitTorrent BitTorrent is the global standard for delivering high-quality files over the Internet. Millions of users worldwide are using BitTorrent’s leading peer-accelerated content delivery platform to publish, discover and download digital entertainment content quickly, easily and securely. Founded in 2004, BitTorrent is a privately held company backed by venture capital firms, Accel and DCM. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.bittorrent.com. BitTorrent is a trademark of BitTorrent, Inc.