BMC Veteran, Jay Gardner, Appointed to Phurnace Software Board of Directors

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Austin start up makes fifth appointment to board with Jay Gardner, BMC veteran.

I am really pleased about the role and to look forward to work with Phurnace and hope to play an active role with the board and management team.

Phurnace Software, Inc. (, the java application deployment company, announced the appointment of Jay Gardner, former CIO of BMC Software, to its board of directors. Gardner is the fifth appointee to the company's board. He retired from BMC earlier this year and held multiple executive positions there over his 20 year tenure.

As CIO for BMC Software, Gardner was focused on aligning the company's IT organization with its business objectives. He joined BMC Software in 1988, after spending 10 years at IBM Corp., and held numerous positions in the company's sales organization, including vice president of sales in North America, and vice president of Global Field Operations before being named CIO.

"With more than 30 years of experience in sales, IT and operations with two industry powerhouses, Jay brings a wealth of knowledge to Phurnace that few tech startups see," said Larry Warnock, CEO of Phurnace. "We're looking forward to Jay's counsel as we grow our business and continue to align with our customers' needs."

Phurnace Software is a resident of the Austin Technology Incubator (IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin) and was the winner of the 2006 Moot Corp Competition. The company has been developing its flagship product and acquiring early customers.

"After working for multi-national, public enterprises such as BMC and IBM, Phurnace is exactly the kind of innovative, nimble company whose legacy I want to help shape," said Jay Gardner, Phurnace board member. "I am really pleased about the role and to look forward to work with Phurnace and hope to play an active role with the board and management team."

Gardner joins other Phurnace board members Rob Adams, best-selling author, lecturer and IC2 fellow, University of Texas McCombs School of Business; Blair Garrou, Managing Director, DFJ Mercury, Adjunct Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University; Daniel Nelson, Co-Founder, Phurnace Software; and Larry Warnock, President and CEO, Phurnace Software.

Phurnace received its Series-A funding in September led by DFJ Mercury, a Texas-based Venture Capital fund affiliated with Draper Fisher Jurvetson of Menlo Park, California. The company will announce additional capabilities to its Java EE deployment software later this month.

About Phurnace Software, Inc.:
Phurnace creates software that accelerates the deployment of Java EE applications. It eliminates the error-prone, repetitive processes and headaches associated with the set up, configuration, and migration of software running on web application servers -- regardless of vendor or version. Developers and system administrators use Phurnace to reduce errors, save time, and reduce overall deployment costs.

Phurnace and the Phurnace flame logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Phurnace Software, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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