Ciprico gets new president/CEO

Video and audio storage software, services and solutions provider Ciprico has appointed Steven D. Merrifield as its new president and CEO.

Merrifield was most recently senior vice president of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST), a division of Hitachi, where he was also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. At Hitachi GST, Merrifield was in charge of managing the operations and sales organizations of the division following the merger of the IBM Storage Technology division and the Hitachi Hard Drive Company.

Merrifield said Ciprico had developed a new open software-based storage platform that would be marketed to the consumer, small business and enterprise storage markets.

James W. Hansen, Ciprico’s chairman of the Board of Directors who has served as CEO since September 2004 (following the retirement of the company’s previous CEO), will remain chairman of the Board of Directors.

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