Michael Paczan Joins VaST as Chief Technical Officer : Former IBM Power.org CTO to Address Challenges in Escalating Complexity

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VaST, the leader in electronics virtualization, today announced that Michael Paczan has been named the company's new Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Paczan comes to VaST from IBM where he was most recently CTO for Power.org. As VaST’s CTO, Paczan will work closely with technologists in industry and academia to align VaST technology and research to meet challenges escalating systems design complexity.

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I am delighted to have Michael join our team. His stellar career as a technology executive has ranged from processor design to system architecture, and overseeing the collaborative efforts of successful initiatives such as IBM's Power.org.

As the Power.org CTO since 2005, Paczan chaired the Power.org Technical Committee responsible for managing the organization's collaborative technical initiatives. He managed IBM's cross-organizational technical initiatives contributing to Power.org spanning System on Chip, bus architecture, platform architecture, reference designs, and software initiatives. Michael worked closely with member companies on collaborative innovation where he was first introduced to the concepts of electronic virtualization and VaST technology.

"As I studied VaST's solutions, I came to realize that they had unique technology and products that addressed one of the most acute challenges in electronics design — the concurrent design of hardware and software," Paczan said. "I realized that this was a rare opportunity to significantly impact the electronics industry and leverage my experience gained at IBM working leading-edge processor and compute system design."

"I am delighted to have Michael join our team. His stellar career as a technology executive has ranged from processor design to system architecture, and overseeing the collaborative efforts of successful initiatives such as IBM's Power.org." said Alain Labat, president and CEO of VaST. "His expertise in leading the development and application of new technology through multi-company multi-cultural joint development is a particularly valuable asset to VaST."

Prior to his work with Power.org, Paczan was the director the Sony/Toshiba/IBM (STI) Design Center at IBM working jointly to develop the "CELL" broadband multiprocessor. He has also served as a program manager for Dell, and a co-director of the IBM/Motorola Somerset Design Center.

He holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin - The Red McCombs School of Business where he received the University of Texas Graduate School of Business Kozmetsky Award. Mike also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from United States Naval Academy and he has completed graduate work in nuclear engineering and naval reactor plant operations at the Naval Nuclear Power School.

About VaST

VaST drives electronics virtualization. VaST fundamentally changes the electronics industry by breaking the dependency on hardware prototypes. With VaST, electronics companies develop virtual system prototypes — timing-accurate, high-speed simulation models of their electronic systems — for use in design and supply chain enablement. Using virtualization, customers develop software before hardware and enable early software development by ecosystem partners which cuts time-to-market by 8 months or more.

VaST's customers include worldwide leaders in automotive, consumer, and wireless markets. VaST is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with sales and support offices worldwide.

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