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Paul Talbut announced as new chairman for newly-merged SNIA Europe
and FCIA Europe

Storage Networking World, Cannes, France – 4th June 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) has now completed elections for the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and today officially announced the implementation of the new committee.

The committee and board have been elected from a veritable who’s who of storage and fibre channel experts from across Europe, including members from the UK, Germany and France, firmly cementing the recent merger of both the SNIA-E and the FCIA-E. Both SNIA-E and FCIA-E members jointly nominated the candidates and the board heralds a new chapter in the life of the evolved industry body.

The newly elected governing committee are as follows: Gill Borniche, Peter Coleman, Philippe Fossé, Andy Litherland, Ian Lockhart, Axel Luedecke, Jason Phippen, Malte Rademacher, Daniel Sazbon, Paul Talbut, Robert Thurnhofer, Paul Trowbridge, and Alan Wallman.

The new chairman, Paul Talbut will lead the board for the next two years, shaping future policy and development for the SNIA-E.

Paul Talbut, the newly elected chairman of the SNIA Europe commented on his plans for the future:

“I am delighted with being given the opportunity of leading the new SNIA Europe to accelerate the growth of storage networking in the region. This is about combining the strengths and the memberships of the two organisations and ensuring that storage networks become open, trusted and valued solutions across the IT community.”

The newly elected vice chairperson is Jason Phippen. Both Talbut and Phippen have played vital roles in the FCIA-E and the SNIA-E. Talbut was the founder of the FCIA in Europe and Phippen was a former director. Both served on the governing committee of the SNIA-E and were instrumental in the unification of the two organisations and to ensure the needs of both bodies are fully represented.

Paul Talbut brings with him to the role over 31 years experience in the IT industry and his four years as Chairman for the FCIA-E and CEO of his own company (specialised in integrating storage networking solutions) will help in the new role.
Vice Chair, Jason Phippen also boasts 14 years experience in IT and his experience in leading the technical committee for the FCIA-E will aid in ensuring that the needs of users, channel partners and storage vendors are represented across Europe.

The new Secretary and Treasurer Ian Lockhart and Peter Coleman both held directorship positions in the FCIAE and Coleman served as secretary at the SNIA-E, ensuring that the resources that the SNIA-E has are carefully controlled. They will also be tasked with ensuring that the SNIA-E provides an invaluable service to existing members and a compelling reason to join the growing number of applications from new members. This includes making sure that end users have an independent, impartial arena in which to state their needs to the storage networking industry, and the SNIA-E in turn, can educate them and provide more information. The SNIA-E also gives the industry vital feedback to help shape future benchmarks, standards and accreditation.

Michel Grosbost, who is the outgoing chair of the SNIA-E wished the new board well, commenting: “We are currently at one of the most exciting times of the SNIA Europe’s development, and there will be many challenges ahead for the new board and committee, which I know they will all relish and embrace. During my time as chairman, I was fortunate enough to work with a fantastic team and have no doubt that the new board will fully embrace their new roles and enjoy the experience as much as I did. I wish them all the best of luck and eagerly anticipate the coming developments that are made.”


Rose Ross / Hannah Knowles
Omarketing Limited
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About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)

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.

The SNIA Europe has recently merged with the other leading industry association in storage networking, the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe (FCIAE) –

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, or visit the SNIA Web site at

**** Biographies ****

Gill Borniche

Gill Borniche has previously held the Euro Marketing Chair and PR Manager, Europe positions within the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe.

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 Sun Microsystems.

Gill holds an HNC in Business Studies.


Peter Michael Coleman

Peter Coleman was the Director of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe and Secretary of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe.

Coleman is Managing Director, EMEA of Infinity I/O Ltd. Prior to joining Infinity I/O, Peter was Director EMEA for Gadzoox Networks and has in the past held management and technical positions with leading companies such as Cisco, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, and British Telecom.

Coleman has 25 years experience in the IT industry. He holds various engineering qualifications.

Philippe Fossé

Philippe Fossé was the Treasure of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe’s previous board.

Fossé is currently Director of Marketing EMEA for leading storage vendor StorageTek. In this position, Philippe is responsible for Storagetek’s European Marketing strategy and activities. Prior to joining Storagetek in 1999, Philippe held several sales & marketing positions in the IT sector at Epson, Dell, Digital Equipment Corporation where he played a key role in the integration of DEC’s business into Compaq.

Philippe Fossé is a graduate from the ESG (High Business School) of Paris and majored in marketing.


Andy Litherland

Andy Litherland was a founding member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe and has served on the board for three terms, most recently as joint treasurer.

Litherland’s aim within the SNIA-E is to equip end-users and resellers with the knowledge to deploy Storage Networks using any technology that fits their current and future environments.

Litherland is currently Director of EMEA at ACAL and has over 15 years experience within the IT reseller industry.


Ian Lockhart

Ian Lockhart is currently acting as the Marcoms Chair for the UK Forum of Storage Networking Industry Association Europe. He has also held the position of Technical Chair within the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe for the past two years.

Lockhart is Strategic Projects Manager for Ideal, where he founded the Storage solutions division. He has over 16 years experience in IT of which 14 years have been specialised in Storage.

Lockhart has qualified for SNIA FC-SAN certification Level II and various manufacturer courses.


Axel Luedecke

Axel Luedecke was Vice President of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe.

Luedecke is European Product Manager for MTI Technology. Prior to MTI, Luedecke worked at Sun Microsystems among others. He has over 26 years experience in the IT industry.

Luedecke holds a Master in Telecommunications.


Jason Phippen

Jason Phippen has previously held the Membership Committee chair in the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe and prior to this, Director and Technical Committee Chair of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe.

Phippen is currently Head of EMEA Product and Solutions Marketing at VERITAS. Prior to this, he was EMEA Technical Director at SCH Technologies. Phippen has over 14 years experience in the Storage arena.


Malte Rademacher

Malte Rademacher was the founding member if the German Forum, Storage Networking Industry Association Europe and its chairman for the past two years.

Rademacher is currently regional marketing director, EMEA South of EMC Computer-Systems Deutschland GmbH, the German subsidiary of EMC Corporation. He is responsible for all marketing activities and the development and implementation of EMC Germany’s marketing strategy. Rademacher has served 10 years at EMC Computer-Systems Deutschland GmbH.

With more than 24 years of practical and management expertise in IT operations management, data center, systems and network management, Prior to joining EMC, Rademacher was marketing manager of the German subsidiary of Digital Equipment in Munich and responsible for the area of sales-supporting IT operations.

Rademacher holds a degree in education science from the University of Frankfurt, Germany.


Daniel Sazbon

Daniel Sazbon has held the Vice Chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe for two terms. He has also been Director of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe.

As Chairman of the SNIAE-FCIAE Unification Task Force he has overseen the successful merger of the two associations, culminating in the new board elected in May 2003.

Sazbon is currently Director, Storage Networking Sales EMEA at IBM. He joined IBM in 1982 and held various positions at European and worldwide level in the networking industry. In 1999 he became responsible for defining and promoting IBM SAN and NAS solutions in EMEA.

Sazbon holds a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the Toulouse University in France.


Paul Talbut

Paul Talbut was a founding member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe and served as Chairman for four years. He was elected on to the Governing Committee of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe last year and has been actively involved in the UK Forum.

Talbut is currently Chief Executive of HPS Limited, a company he founded in 1988 established as an independent storage network integrator. He has over 31 year’s expertise within the IT industry and is still learning.


Robert Thurnhofer

Robert Thurnhofer was elected to the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe last year.

Thurnhofer is Director Marketing Storage Management EMEA for Computer Associates. He has held several management positions within CA, especially in the Storage Business Unit. Prior to working at Computer Associates, he also worked for Attachmate, Interkom GmbH and the European Patent Office. He has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, of which 10 years have been in the Storage arena.


Paul Trowbridge

Paul Trowbridge has been a member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe since January 2000 where he project managed the FCIAE conferences.

Trowbridge is currently Regional Marketing Manager (Northern Europe) at BROCADE. He has held various marketing and sales positions within the IT industry and has over 25 years experience.


Alan John Wallman

Alan Wallman was a founder member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe and has served as joint Treasurer for the past two terms.

Wallman is currently Vice President EMEA at Emulex. Prior to this, Wallman worked at IBM and ICL among others.

Wallman has over 30 years experience in IT and holds an honours degree in Engineering.


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