Cleversafe Appoints John Morris President and Chief Executive Officer

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Cleversafe Appoints John Morris President and Chief Executive Officer

Company Positioned for Continued Growth and Broader Adoption of Award-winning Dispersed Object-Storage Platform

CHICAGO, May 13, 2013Cleversafe Inc., the solution for limitless data storage, today announced it has named John Morris President and CEO. The former Juniper Networks and IBM executive brings proven global-scale business leadership credentials to Cleversafe as it is reaching milestones in petabytes shipped and patents awarded. Morris will focus on expanding Cleversafe’s go-to-market strategy and accelerating its current momentum in capitalizing on the growth opportunity presented by the expanding global digital storage market. Founder Chris Gladwin has been named Vice Chairman and will continue to drive Cleversafe’s technology vision and lead strategic innovation for the company’s award-winning dispersed object-storage technology.

"I was struck by Cleversafe’s breakthrough approach to helping customers with their hyper-scale digital storage growth – it truly challenges the status quo within the industry,” said Morris. “Our strategy and technology is rapidly gaining traction in the market, and I am excited to bring my experience in helping companies scale to reach new levels of growth and revenue to the Cleversafe leadership team.”

As a hands-on industry leader, Morris brings exceptional experience in growing emerging stage businesses as well as multi-billion dollar technology leaders. As a member of the Executive Committee of Juniper Networks, he drove over a billion dollars of topline growth. As President and COO of payments industry startup Pay By Touch, he similarly led the company’s expansion from zero retail stores to thousands, and attracted millions of enrolled consumers to use its innovative biometric payment service. Prior to that, Morris spent 23 years at IBM in several senior executive roles and led the company to record growth in its mainframe business and other units, including leading significant growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Chris Galvin, former Chairman of NAVTEQ Inc., former Chairman and CEO of Motorola Inc. and Chairman of the Board for Cleversafe said, “We are thrilled to have John join Cleversafe at a time when we're seeing very encouraging early customer adoption of our extensively patented object storage technology. Our founder, Chris Gladwin, imagined Cleversafe’s groundbreaking technology and introduced it to the market. As a member of the Board of Directors, Chris Gladwin voted unanimously with his fellow directors to endorse John as his successor. The Board and I are convinced that Chris Gladwin’s technology and founding spirit teamed with John Morris’ global-scale leadership and go-to-market experience will take Cleversafe to the next level.”

Chris Gladwin, Founder and Vice Chairman for Cleversafe, added, “John brings invaluable experience to the company at an important moment in time. It’s rewarding to see the success that we’ve achieved thus far, and to have the opportunity to continue to build on that success by solving the most challenging problems in today’s enterprise environments. I look forward to working with John and to continuing to be a part of Cleversafe by focusing on innovative uses of our technology and on ways our customers and partners can achieve their overall business objectives.”  

Innovation, flawless execution and technology leadership have been core to Cleversafe’s success. Since the company’s founding in 2004, Cleversafe has continually made tremendous strides in technology innovation to deliver on the capabilities of dispersed object-storage to solve hyper-scale digital storage growth. Since the beginning of this year, the company has expanded its partner program and engaged with ‘best-in-class’ technology providers to build a Solution Network which is delivering a comprehensive ecosystem to customers, offering the most cost-effective, scalable and highly available end-to-end storage solutions. Cleversafe has also expanded its channel program and announced the Elevate Partner program that provides go-to-market partners with broad access to technology, marketing and training to grow enterprise sales and services. Interest in both the Solution Network and the Elevate Partner program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Cleversafe’s momentum in 2013 spans all facets of the business, and includes 20 additional patents which have been granted over the last few months, increasing its IP portfolio in support of Dispersed Storage® technology to more than 50 issued or allowed patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Cleversafe has also delivered an additional 28-petabytes to customers for protecting images and video, archiving and sharing personal files, and distributing large-scale digital content.

Cleversafe’s dsNet® object-storage system protects both data and metadata equally and is inherently more reliable than traditional RAID-based storage systems. By applying its unique Information Dispersal technology to slice and disperse data, single points of failure and centralized synchronization points are eliminated. As data is distributed evenly across all storage nodes, metadata can scale linearly and infinitely as new nodes are added, thus reducing any scalability bottlenecks and increasing performance and reliability. Cleversafe’s unique approach delivers the powerful combination of analytics and storage in a geographically distributed single system, allowing organizations to efficiently scale their big data environments to hundreds of petabytes, and even exabytes, today.

About Cleversafe Inc.
Cleversafe has created a breakthrough technology that solves petabyte and beyond big data storage problems. This solution drives up to 90 percent of the storage cost out of the business while enabling secure and reliable global access and collaboration. The world's largest data repositories rely on Cleversafe. To learn more about Cleversafe and its solutions, please visit, call 312-423-6640 or email us at