Lavi de Silva joins WSO2 executive team to lead global sales of SOA solutions

WSO2 Vice President of Global Sales Brings Proven Management Expertise in Building Enterprise Sales and Service Teams

Mountain View, CA – November 10, 2009 – WSO2, the open source SOA company, today announced that Lavi de Silva has joined the WSO2 management team as vice president of global sales. He brings more than 15 years experience in building enterprise sales and service teams to drive profitable growth. In spearheading WSO2’s global sales team, de Silva will capitalize on his deep expertise in consultative sales that help businesses realize the full potential of their technology investments.

De Silva comes to WSO2 from Cato Global LLC, where he was a founding principal of the McLean, VA-based global IT consulting and marketing firm. Previously, he was executive vice president and general manager of the Washington, DC office for Web application management company Bridgeline Software. While at Bridgeline, de Silva increased revenues by more than 50 percent within six months, bringing the DC office to profitability. Prior to Bridgeline, he served as senior director of client services at Q.Know Technologies, Inc. where, in addition to being the “product evangelist,” he built the enterprise software company’s integrated clients services organization, including sales engineering, implementation service, customer care, and training. De Silva also has driven services as vice president of Akopia, Inc. (acquired by Red Hat), practice director of OneSoft Corporation, and management consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.

“From the start, our mission has been to deliver solutions that address enterprises' real-world SOA needs, and that commitment has allowed us to double our growth each year,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and CEO of WSO2. “We are excited to have Lavi join us in supporting that mission as we expand global adoption of our open source SOA software and services. With his deep understanding of solution sales in the United States and around the world, Lavi is an invaluable addition to the team.”

De Silva plans to relocate to WSO2 headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka while building WSO2’s sales presence in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

“Through its groundbreaking SOA software and commitment to open source licensing and development, WSO2 is redefining how enterprise architects and developers bring greater agility, efficiency and insight into their organizations,” said Lavi de Silva. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this dynamic and innovative team, and look forward to helping drive the next phase of WSO2’s growth.”