Sales Management Veteran, John Balena, Joins Phurnace Software, Inc.

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Former VP Sales and CEO brings 25 years of experience to Austin startup

Phurnace Software, Inc., the Java application deployment company, today announced the appointment of John Balena to the role of Vice President of Sales & Services. He will have responsibility for all sales and services strategy and execution for the company. Balena has over 25 years of sales leadership experience with large technology companies including IBM, BMC Software and Symantec and with startup companies including two ventures that he helped start. He was most recently the CEO of Prime Paradigms International, a Symantec Platinum Value Added Reseller, providing consulting and implementation services for I.T. Governance, Risk and Compliance Management projects.

Earlier in his career, Balena led the worldwide mid-market sales organization for Symantec. Previous to Symantec, he was EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for ComplyChain, an innovative startup that offered a software as a service solution for linking I.T. infrastructures. At BMC Software, Balena was General Manager of Federal Operations in Washington, DC and at IBM he held various sales and sales management positions. Balena has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Penn State University.

"With more than 25 years of experience in sales and senior management in both established and early stage start-up companies, John was the perfect fit for Phurnace," said Larry Warnock, president and ceo of Phurnace. "We were looking for an executive to lead our sales organization to the next level. We are very fortunate to have John join our team and we know that he will make a positive impact out of the gate."

"In this uncertain economy where companies must find ways to do more with less budget, Phurnace really caught my attention," said John Balena, vp sales & services of Phurnace. "The Phurnace solution pulls huge costs out of an I.T. organization almost immediately delivering ROI within a quarter. In doing my evaluation, current Phurnace customers delighted in an investment payback that could be measured within weeks of implementation while increasing the speed of delivering revenue generating web applications."

Phurnace has been adding customers across multiple vertical markets and has extended its automated deployment product line with support for IBM WebSphere®, Oracle WebLogic®, RedHat JBoss™ and IBM WebSphere® Portal. The company has released or has announced direct integrations to IBM Rational® Build Forge®, HP Server Automation, BMC BladeLogic, and source code control systems such as IBM ClearCase®, SVN, and CVS. Phurnace received its venture funding from S3 Ventures of Austin, Texas and DFJ Mercury, a Texas-based Venture Capital fund affiliated with Draper Fisher Jurvetson of Menlo Park, California.

About Phurnace Software, Inc.
Phurnace creates software that accelerates deployments and troubleshoots configuration problems for Java EE applications. It eliminates the error-prone, repetitive processes and headaches associated with deploying, troubleshooting, configuring, and migrating of software running on web application servers -- regardless of vendor or version. System administrators and developers use Phurnace to eliminate 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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