SAN FRANCISCO, December 11, 2001 -- TurbolinuxÂ®, Inc a worldwide leader in
Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and
management products, today announced that Ernest "Ernie" Cicogna has been
named chief financial officer. In this role, Cicogna will be responsible for all
aspects of worldwide finance for Turbolinux. This appointment completes
Turbolinux's top management structure and positions the company for continued
growth in its leading Linux distribution business while pursuing adjacent markets
with its new software deployment and management product suite, called
"Ernie provides us with a very high level of industry experience and critical
business insight," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "His background,
working for a large institution as well as a smaller, high tech company, provides
Turbolinux with a unique combination of perspectives -- the disciplined financial
processes required to run larger companies and the more flexible entrepreneurial
environment associated with smaller, creative companies."
Cicogna, a 30 year computing industry veteran, comes to Turbolinux from
NetObjects, where he served first as vice president of finance and then as CFO.
Prior to NetObjects, Cicogna held positions at IBM for over 25 years, serving as
controller for their Internet division, as well as a financial manager for IBM in both
Tokyo and Hong Kong, Italy, and the United States.
"Turbolinux has a great track record for bringing in top talent and the addition of
Ernie to the team continues that tradition," said Andy Rappaport, a member of the
Board for Turbolinux and a partner at venture capital firm, August Capital.
Commenting on the firm's ongoing strategy, Cicogna said, "During a phenomenally
difficult time for the tech industry, Turbolinux has transformed itself both in the US
and Asia. I'm excited to be part of the company as it continues to grow and deliver
to customers solutions that enable flexible processing power."
Cicogna has a master's degree in Business Administration from Baruch School of
Business and a bachelor's of science in Mathematics from City University of New
Founded in 1992, TurbolinuxÂ® Inc. is a global software company providing Linux
operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and management
products that allow computing assets to be quickly redefined on demand --
enabling true flexible processing power. Backed by some of the world's leading
technology companies, including Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC,
Novell, Oracle, SGI and Toshiba, Turbolinux is headquartered near San
Francisco with offices around the world. For more information, visit the Turbolinux
Web site at http://www.turbolinux.com.