John Thornton Joins SolarWinds' Board of Directors

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General Partner of Prestigious Venture Capital Firm Expands His Connection to Network Management Software Leader

SolarWinds, a leader in network management software, today announced the appointment of John Thornton to the company's Board of Directors. Mr. Thornton, currently a member of the company's advisory board, will transition to his new role effective immediately.

Thornton is a general partner at Austin Ventures, a 25-year-old firm that has invested almost $1.3 billion in central Texas companies, including SolarWinds. Thornton, with a specialization in early-stage software investing, has for more than a decade supported many of the most successful technology ventures in Texas such as Active Power, Dazel, Metasolv, NetIQ, an Attachmate business; Motive, TechRepublic, Tivoli, Vignette, and Waveset. Previously, Thornton was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe.

"John's expertise in the software industry has been and will continue to be an invaluable asset to our company," said Michael S. Bennett, chief executive officer, SolarWinds. "His new role as a board member will ensure that we're the beneficiary of his considerable guidance as we move into our next phases of growth."

"The SolarWinds executive team continues to drive positive bottom-line results and deliver real value to customers," said John Thornton, general partner, Austin Ventures. "SolarWinds is a company poised for success with a growing customer base that spans small to large businesses. I am excited to join the Board of Directors at this time, as the company rapidly expands its leadership in the network management market."

Thornton joins SolarWinds' current board members Steven Cakebread, chief financial officer,; Jeffrey Horing, managing director, Insight Venture Partners; Bobby L. Martin, independent business consultant; Benjamin Nye, managing director, Bain Capital Ventures; Don Yonce, Founder; and Michael S. Bennett, CEO and president, SolarWinds.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds is a leading provider of Windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software. SolarWinds products are geared to customers who need a scalable, easy-to-use network management solution for 250 to 10,000 managed elements at an affordable price point providing quick time to value. More than 45,000 customers spanning the military, mid-market businesses, government agencies and education institutions have chosen SolarWinds to reduce network downtime, monitor network performance, manage network compliance and change and improve staff efficiency. For more information, please visit

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