Michael Splinter Elected to Pica8’s Board of Directors
Applied Materials CEO brings global operations expertise and broad industry
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- February 25, 2013
Pica8 Inc., the leader in open networking for software defined networks (SDN),
today announced the election of Michael R. Splinter, chairman and CEO of
Applied Materials, Inc., to the company’s board of directors.
“Pica8 is a visionary organization that is making significant strides toward
changing the way networks are managed by offering true software-defined
networking (SDN) and hardware independence,” said James Liao, CEO and
co-founder, Pica8. “Mike is a visionary himself and a proven technology leader
who will bring tremendous value to Pica8 through his industry relationships,
leadership and experience.”
Splinter has served as president and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc. since 2003
and became chairman of the board of directors in 2009. During his tenure, he
has led Applied to record revenue and profits, while launching the company’s
entry into new energy markets.
“Pica8 is an innovative company on an exciting growth trajectory,” said
Splinter.“I look forward to playing a role in helping Pica8 realize the full
potential of their game-changing technology for cloud computing.”
Prior to joining Applied, Splinter spent 20 years at Intel where he held
several top executive positions. He earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in
electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
About Pica8, Inc.
Since 2009, Pica8 has been fulfilling the promise of true software defined
networking (SDN) by providing the world’s first open, hardware-independent
switching system. Pica8 open switches transform the data center by decoupling
hardware from software. This new approach provides greater flexibility and
adaptability, all while driving down implementation- and management-related
costs of cloud and virtualized applications. Pica8 is a global company
headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit
Steve Garrison, 415-205-8566
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