WSO2 Appoints Inaugural Board of Directors and Advisory Board

OSCON, Portland, OR – July 25, 2006 – WSO2, an open source technology company devoted to building Web services middleware, today announced the formation of its board of directors and advisory board. The group is comprised of visionaries and top executives representing some of the most influential companies in the technology and open source community. As a developer of open source platforms for Web services, WSO2’s objective is to create a new middleware platform, designed from the ground up, to support future Web-centric, community-oriented applications and services. WSO2’s first product, WSO2 Tungsten, is an application server based on XML and Web services designed to support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). WSO2's products are being developed in Java, C and PHP. The WSO2 management team is comprised of individuals that have been instrumental in establishing Web services and SOAP standards, and longtime contributors to Apache Software Foundation open source projects. WSO2’s governing bodies are comprised of leaders in the open source community, as well as visionaries that have molded the technologies that have inspired the company’s creation. “WSO2 is a company built on knowledge and vision that drive the development of technologies that will change the approach to Service Oriented Architectures and the goals of the open source community,” said Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WSO2. “It is essential that these core features are at the heart of our governing bodies. One must only look at the credentials and contributions of our board and advisory board members to understand that this philosophy must come from all levels in order for WSO2 to succeed at the goals we have set forth.” Members of WSO2’s Board of Directors are: James Clark – Thai Open Source Software Center, Founder - Clark has contributed to the open source community for nearly 20 years. In the past 15 years, his work has focused on SGML/XML, where he is a renowned pioneer. His company, Thai Open Source Software Center, provides a legal framework for various open source activities in Thailand. Clark also promotes open source in the Software Industry Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Thailand. Doron Gerstel - Syneron Medical Ltd, President - As former CEO and President, Gerstel co-founded Zend in 2000 to commercialize the solutions needed to make the PHP scripting language viable in enterprise environments. He built Zend into a market leader for the creation of modern open source web applications with 20,000 customers worldwide and is well-renowned for his creation of a collaborative business model, the centerpiece of which was the development of an "eco-system" with customers and strategic partners including IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Intel. Gerstel serves on the advisory board of Fritz, Inc. (acquired by UPS), the third largest logistics provider in the U.S. Sanjiva Weerawarana – WSO2, Founder, Chairman and CEO – Weerawarana lead the development of the Web services platform while at IBM and was a founder of Apache Software Foundation's Web services efforts. Weerawarana is the founder of the Lanka Software Foundation, is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and is also a Board Member of the Open Source Initiative. He's also a visiting professor at University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. Pradeep Tagare (Observer) - Intel Capital, Sr. Investment Manager – Pradeep focuses on investments in the enterprise software space. Prior to joining Intel, he served as Founder/CEO and later VP Products at Yopa Inc, a venture-backed company that developed a mobile applications software platform. Members of WSO2’s Advisor Board include: Larry Augustin – Investor/Advisor – One of the group that coined the term “Open Source,” Augustin was the visionary behind SourceForge.net, the largest open source development site on the Internet. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, OSDL, Pentaho, SugarCRM, VA Software and XenSource. Brian Behlendorf – CollabNet, Founder and CTO – Behlendorf is a leader in the international open source software movement and currently serves as director of the Mozilla Foundation. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server and was a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf served as president of the foundation, was on its board as well as on the Board of the Open Source Initiative. Patrick Grady – Reardon Commerce, Chairman and CEO – recognized as a pioneer in Web services and on-demand technologies, Grady spent years in various venture capital, private equity and operational roles in the technology market, leading investments in start-ups within the software, wireless, high-performance computing and networking sectors. Geir Magnusson, Jr. - Intel Corporation, Director of Open Source Technology – a long time advocate of open source and open community development, Magnusson is a Member and Officer of the Apache Software Foundation. He is a recognized leader of the open source Java movement after having founded the Apache Geronimo J2EE project and the Apache Harmony J2SE project. Prior to Intel, he held a variety of technical executive and management positions at IBM, Gluecode, Adeptra, FitLinxx and Bloomberg. Tim O'Reilly – O’Reilly Media, Founder – O'Reilly's current passion is understanding how open source is changing the computing landscape, leading to the commoditization of the software infrastructure and the creation of a new kind of value in what he calls Web 2.0, the Internet as platform. He is a member of the Board of CollabNet, and was on the board of Macromedia until its merger with Adobe. Tony Pizi – Level8, CIO – Pizi possesses in-depth expertise in technology and the management of innovation. He is an innovator who developed the fundamental patent that forms the foundation for Cicero, Level 8's flagship product, a patent for Distributed Adaptive Computing, and also developed several other patents pending. Prior to joining Level 8, he was the first VP and CTO of the Merrill Lynch Private Client Architecture Group