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Ott and Liblong to Advance Verano’s Position as a Leading Provider of Software
for Mission Critical Industrial Infrastructure


March 11, 2003—Verano, the leading provider of software for highly secure management, control and connectivity of critical industrial operations, today announced the appointment of Mark Ott as chief financial officer and Breen Liblong as vice president of software development. From Verano’s headquarters in Massachusetts, Ott will manage the company’s G&A operations and interact with the financial and investment communities over Verano’s next phases of growth. Liblong will oversee the development and expansion of the company’s existing core technology products, as well as upcoming products, leading the team from the Calgary office. Both Ott and Liblong will report to Verano’s President and CEO, Brian Ahern.

“With Mark’s extensive financial experience in global high technology companies, we are confident that Verano’s corporate accounting, financial strategy and reporting are on solid ground,” said Ahern. “Breen’s extensive experience in enterprise application development, coupled with his strong business aptitude, will allow us to expand our solutions which help companies meet secure data access and management demands of critical industrial operations.”

Most recently, Ott was chief financial officer at GlobalNetwork Technology Services, Inc., a networking consulting company based in Houston, Texas. He assembled and managed a global finance and administration infrastructure and helped prepare the company for IPO.

Previously, Ott spent about 10 years overseas, holding positions as a financial controller for the Australian subsidiary of Honeywell Bull, director of strategic financial planning and analysis at Groupe Bull’s Paris headquarters and European financial controller for Cabletron, based in the UK. Ott holds a B.S. degree in mathematics, as well as an MBA, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Liblong joins Verano with more than 18 years of technology and executive management experience in the creation of Internet search and enterprise product technologies. He most recently served as director for Personal Search at AltaVista Company, a world leader in search technology. There, Liblong built and led teams that developed a number of specialty Internet Search products for AltaVista, including News and Directory Search. He also oversaw the Canadian engineering operations of AltaVista, and was chief information architect in charge of AltaVista’s expansion into the portal arena.
Before joining AltaVista, Liblong was president of PiperCreek Software Ltd., a software development company that consulted extensively with AltaVista in the development of several key search technologies. Previously, he led a number of joint venture teams with the Alberta Research Council that developed advanced technology products, including intelligent map conversion systems, automated fault detection and diagnosis systems, and an intelligent power monitoring system. Liblong holds B.Sc. (Dist.) and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Calgary.

About Verano

For enterprises with mission critical industrial infrastructure, Verano technology provides an unsurpassed level of operational responsiveness by offering highly secure, integrated, real-time management of these operations. Verano’s Instant Awareness™ software products manage real-time industrial operations and integrate them with day-to-day enterprise decision making while providing the highest level of security to protect sensitive industrial infrastructure.

Verano has been a trusted supplier to more than 220 industrial enterprises in process manufacturing, transportation, utilities and energy industries who have successfully implemented its products. These customers, representing more than 2,200 systems and 5,300 user seats, include Bayer AG, Boeing, Celanese, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, Genentech, Gerber Foods, Henkel, Innogy and Thames Water.

Founded in 1996, Verano is headquartered in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with operations also in Canada and England. Additional information about Verano is available on the Web at
http://www.verano.com



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