Brocade appoints new EMEA sales chief

June 14, 2010
Brocade has appointed Alberto Soto to lead sales operations in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced that it has appointed long-time networking executive, Alberto Soto, to lead the sales organization for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) geography, effective July 1, 2010. Soto will replace Ulrich Plechschmidt, who will be moving to Brocade’s corporate headquarters in San Jose to lead the company's Global Sales Enablement and the OEM Marketing departments.

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Previous to Brocade, Soto was vice president and general manager of HP ProCurve EMEA, a position he assumed in late 2006. At Brocade, Soto will report to Ian Whiting, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales while Plechschmidt will report to John McHugh, vice president and chief marketing officer.

Soto’s extensive networking industry expertise will help Brocade expand its footprint in the EMEA market, in particular by bolstering relationships with essential channel partners and distributors. According to Forrester Research, the EMEA IT segment will be an almost $500 billion market opportunity in US dollars.

“As we outlined at our recently held Technology Day, we see opportunities abound across the networking industry, which we believe is undergoing another major innovation cycle,” said Whiting. “Veteran leadership like the kind Alberto brings to Brocade is crucial for our company to separate from the pack in a hyper-competitive yet strategically important market that EMEA is.”

Soto has a long and distinguished career in IT, predominantly at networking companies. Before joining HP ProCurve, he was the country manager for the Iberian Peninsula for 3Com where he grew the business to more than $200 million per year. Before that, he was the country manager for Iberia at Madge Networks and helped established a 1-tier channel program for that region. His previous experience also includes stints at Digital Equipment Corporation, Bull and Sener.

Soto’s educational background is also extensive. He holds an executive MBA from the IESE Business School in Madrid as well as a Masters in Computer Science and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering both from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

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