sTec Expands Its Global Presence with Asia-Pacific Appointments: New Regional Senior Vice President; Managing Directors in Japan, India

SANTA ANA, Calif. and PENANG, Malaysia, June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced a major expansion to its Asia-Pacific (APAC) operations through three key additions to its regional sales and support team. Michael Burnie joins the company as senior vice president of sales for APAC, while Shigeo Kimura and George Thomas become country managers for Japan and India, respectively.

Kimura and Thomas report directly to Burnie, who is based in the sTec® Malaysia office. Combined, the three new additions bring more than a half-century of sales, marketing and management experience in the enterprise-storage industry, and are focused on enabling sTec to meeting the growing regional demands for its solid-state storage solutions.

Burnie has over 25 years of enterprise-storage experience and was formerly vice president and general manager of APAC operations with Isilon Systems, a specialist in clustered storage and data management. Previously he was with NetApp, where he served as managing director for that company's Australia, Southeast Asia and India operations. Prior to NetApp, he was managing director for APAC at EMC, after having served in the same capacity with that company's Australia-New Zealand operations.

Kimura comes to sTec from APC Japan, a provider of data center solutions where he was executive vice president of sales. Prior to APC Japan, he was senior director of the semiconductors division at Philips Japan, after having served in various sales management positions with Dell, in Japan. Kimura has previously held sales and marketing positions at VeriFone Japan, EMC Japan, CLC Corp., and Jardine Matheson & Co.

Thomas brings to sTec nearly two decades of experience in the IT industry. He was most recently a director at Rivendale Software, focused on enterprise information protection. He was previously country manager for India and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at Tibco Software, after serving as managing director for India and SAARC at NetApp. Prior to NetApp, Thomas held sales and management positions at Apara Enterprise Solutions, PCS Industries, Zenith Computers, and India Telecomp.

"We've had great success in APAC over the years developing relationships with many of the region's top enterprise-systems players," said Nader Milani, managing director of sTec Malaysia. "With the additional focus and capable team of Shigeo and George, led by Michael, we'll be well poised to further build on our success throughout the region."

About sTec, Inc.

sTec, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class, solid-state storage solutions designed for the ever-growing performance, reliability and endurance requirements of today's advanced data centers. The industry's first company to deploy solid-state drives (SSDs) into large-scale enterprise environments, sTec offers the industry's widest range of solid-state storage solutions, which protect critical information for major business and government organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, sTec also serves the embedded and military/aerospace markets with SSDs for industrial and rugged environments. For more information, visit

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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those statements concerning the growing Asia-Pacific regional demands for solid-state storage solutions; the continuing growth of sTec's success throughout the Asia-Pacific region; and the expected increase in sTec sales as a result of hiring Messrs. Burnie, Kimura and Thomas. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made from time to time by sTec, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations section of sTec's website at The information contained in this press release is a statement of sTec's present intentions, beliefs or expectations. sTec may change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, from sTec's assumptions and otherwise. Except as required by law, sTec undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date thereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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