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Symphony Health Solutions Announces New Senior Executive Appointments

HORSHAM, Pa., Oct. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symphony Health Solutions, owned by Palo Alto-based strategic equity firm Symphony Technology Group, today announced two more hires to its executive team including a new leader of Marketing and Product Management and a new head of Human Resources. Don Otterbein was named Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Management and Jeff Cottle was named Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer (CPO). Both are based in Horsham, Pa., and are now active members of the Symphony Health Solutions executive team.

Prior to Joining Symphony Health, Don Otterbein held the position of VP, Life Sciences at Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he led their Sales & Marketing Practice in the development of new, innovative solutions. Prior to this, Don had a long, diverse career at IMS Health, where from 1994 to 2010 he held a variety of global and regional leadership positions in business line management, offerings development, general management, consulting & services, and operations. In his last role at IMS, he served as General Manager of the Business Transformation Services unit, leading a global consulting unit that provided commercial analytics, IT and business process outsourcing services to the commercial operations, market research and managed markets functions of leading pharmaceutical companies. He holds a B.S. degree from Villanova University.

Jeff Cottle joins Symphony Health as SVP, Chief People Officer (CPO) in charge of Human Resources including organizational strategy, training and development, and talent management. Cottle has a strong multi-decade history at SunGard as an HR executive, and was most recently Vice President, Human Resources Operations at SunGard's Financial Systems Division, a technology solutions provider to the financial services markets. Prior to this he served as SVP, Human Resources for SunGard Higher Education (now Ellucian) from 2002 – 2012. In this role, he helped lead the integration of the acquired businesses of Collegis, Systems & Computer Technology Corporation (SCT) and BSR, Inc., into a highly profitable, growing combined business unit with 2,500+ employees, and was responsible for organizational development, global staffing and recruiting, as well as training, development and talent management programs. Prior to SunGard, he held various HR-related positions at Drexel and Temple Universities. He holds a B.A. degree from Temple University.

"Don and Jeff are both seasoned professionals with excellent relevance for our journey and our opportunities ahead with Symphony Health Solutions," said Romesh Wadhwani, CEO, Symphony Technology Group. "We are bringing together complementary insight capabilities and organizations with a goal of establishing a customer centric leader for our industry propelled by strong innovation. Don brings deep industry knowledge of the pharmaceutical and health informatics industry and a highly successful track record running product development and business operations functions for technology and information services companies. Jeff comes to us as a seasoned HR executive and change agent well suited to help us bring these capabilities together, as well as drive a strong organizational strategy and talent development."

About Symphony Health Solutions

Symphony Health Solutions provides comprehensive and multi-dimensional understanding of relevant information necessary to measure performance and inform strategies for optimal business decision-making. Focused on conveying value through information to the life sciences and healthcare industries, each of its units brings deep sector expertise and innovation in the delivery of insight to its client partners.

Comprised of AlphaDetail, ImpactRx, Source Healthcare Analytics and TargetRx, the company connects a broad set of research, analytics and health information products that together form a leading performance measurement group. On this strong collaborative platform, Symphony Health Solutions builds innovative solutions to unite information with insight, and deliver high-value knowledge products that enable clients to operate within an evolving healthcare ecosystem. For more information, visit: www.symphonyhealth.com.

CONTACT: For media information, please contact: Tom Kivett, Kivett & Company Communications tkivett@kivettandco.com 212.727.2935 Heather Varela, Symphony Health Solutions heather.varela@symphonyhealth.com 602.463.7838Source: Symphony Health Solutions