New board members reflect SNIAs focus on end user requirements and
London/Paris 23rd May 2002 - The Storage Networking Industry Association
Europe (SNIA-E) has elected three new members to its executive committee.
Charles Inches, IT Director at Cornr Bank has been elected Chairman of the
end user advisory board. This new position and board is focused on
developing end user activity within SNIA from a knowledge share perspective
and as a formalised channel for delivering vital feedback to the vendor
Rainer Hilsenbeck, Executive Vice President, of German reseller and IT
consultancy TIM AG has become Chairman of the newly formed Education
Committee of SNIA Europe. Rainer will continue to lead the SNIAs mission to
encourage technical excellence and accredited certification to within all
levels of the industry.
Gill Borniche, EMEA Marketing Director, Legato Systems has been elected as
Chair of the SNIA Europe Marketing committee. She will be focused on
communicating the Associations vision to all areas of the storage
Michel Grosbost, Chairman of the SNIA Europe executive committee and
consultant at French Storage Software and Service Provider NEST welcomes the
new board members: Through 2002 we are focusing on a variety of important
areas such as the new end user advisory board and many education focused
initiatives such as Storage Networking World Europe and the FC-SAN
accreditation. We are very pleased that seasoned storage professionals such
as Charles and Rainer will be leading in these areas. With Gills experience
and focus for SNIA Europes messaging we are looking at a winning
About the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation
made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning
virtually the entire storage industry end users, vendors and resellers.
SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by
ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted
solutions across the IT community. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely
committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel
open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information,
contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SNIA Web site at
The SNIA co-founded Storage Networking World Eurostorage event in Cannes
(June 5-7 2002). Eurostorage, is a manufacturer-independent source of
information and thus delivers well-founded knowledge. The conference
provides objective answers to strategic and critical questions. Storage
Networking World is an established forum which demonstrates the
possibilities as well as the limits of storage-technology to the business
audience. Last year in September, Storage Networking World Eurostorage,
premiered in Europe at Seville and attracted over 400 registered
participants. For more information please visit Eurostorage on-line at
Chairman of the SNIA Europe end user advisory board
IT Director, Cornr Bank, Lugano, Switzerland
Mr. Inches has over 20 years experience in the industry, with five years as
a systems and storage manager. His areas of expertise are Mainframe systems
programming and analysis, mainframe and distributed systems management,
operational management and technical analysis.
His current responsibilities cover IT Service delivery, Infrastructure
architecture and Logistics, with the deployment of around100 people.
Charles was awarded best speaker award at StorageTek FORUM1997 in San
Francisco was the Steering Committee Chairman for EuroStorage from 1999 to
2001 and is an executive member of SNIA-Europe as Chairman of the end users
QUOTE FROM CHARLES INCHES: We have created the User Advisory Board for
users concerned with implementing the right storage strategy for their
companies and storage professionals can often benefit from dialogue with
someone in the position who is facing or has faced the same challenge.
Chairman of the SNIA Europe Education committee
Executive Vice President, TIM AG
With over 15 years working in the IT industry, since 2000, Rainer has been
the Executive Board Member responsible for TIM AG business development and
the Marketing, Consulting and Professional Services divisions.
He is an Executive Board Member of SNIA (Storage Networking Industry
Association) Europe and Chairman of the Education Committee of SNIA Europe.
A graduate in philosophy, philology and literature from the Johannes
Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
QUOTE FROM RAINER HILSENBECK: It is vitally important for certification of
storage specialists to lead the way in providing the path for formal as well
as the informal knowledge sharing provided by initiatives from the end user
Marketing Director, Storage Networking Industry Association Europe
EMEA Marketing Director, Legato Systems
Gill Borniche is Marketing Director of the Storage Networking Industry
(SNIA) Europe, the European affiliate of the SNIA.
In this role, Gill is responsible with the governing board of directors for
the business strategy of the association, as well as marketing and public
Gill is working to make the SNIA-E the leading voice in storage in Europe,
and through it to alert all enterprises to the new storage solutions and
standards that are continually evolving.
As EMEA Marketing Director at Legato Systems, Gill is responsible for
driving the marketing strategy of Legato Systems storage management
software solutions across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Legato,
Gill held various marketing communications positions during her 9 years at
Gill holds an HNC in Business Studies.
QUOTE FROM GILL BORNICHE: SNIA Europe has a busy schedule of events and
learning opportunities and we will be focused on maintaining a clear and
focused message to end users, the reseller and vendor community and key
strategic partners such as the FCIA.
Michel R. Grosbost
Chairman, Storage Networking Industry Association Europe
Consultant and major shareholder, NEST
In this role, Michel as SNIA-E Chairman is responsible with the
Vice-Chairman and the SNIA-E governing board for the business strategy of
the association and for the SNIA-E European end-user group development
With over 20 years of experience in computer storage-related solutions,
Michel is currently a consultant and a major shareholder with NEST, a
software and service provider specialized in Enterprise Storage Management
and in Infrastructure Design. Prior to NEST Michel has served as
Vice-Chairman of ADIC Europe the last 2 years and served as President & CEO
of ADIC Europe from1994 to 2000.
Prior to joining ADIC, he was President & General Manager of
Gigatape/Gigatrend and held a number of management and marketing positions
at Intertechnique, Wang and Hewlett Packard.
Michel holds a degree in electronics from the University of Paris, France.
Michele Osten / Rose Ross
+44(0)208 255 5225
Michele@omarketing.co.uk / email@example.com
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