Successful Sales Executive Joins the Industry Leader in FCoE to Accelerate Market Share Gains, Spearhead Revenue Growth: QLogic today announced the appointment of Jim Rothstein to vice president of North America Sales. With an established rack record of growing profitable storage companies, Rothstein, who multiplied sales at Brocade (Nasdaq:BRCD) and Hitachi, Ltd.'s Data Systems unit, will spearhead the company's sales in North America across all channels-including OEM Sales and the QLogic Partner Program-while advancing its go-to-market capabilities. He will report to Scott Genereux, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at QLogic.

"Jim Rothstein will synergistically unify our North America channel and OEM sales organizations under a single leader, thereby strengthening our competitive positioning and enabling our partners to win more business in high growth markets such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet," said Genereux. "Jim brings a history of proven sales management skills and consistent execution balanced with an aggressive, dynamic approach that will be a welcome addition to the QLogic management team."

Commenting on his appointment, Rothstein said, "QLogic has been taking extensive market share from competitors for the past year in the Fibre Channel adapter market. The emergence of FCoE in next-generation data centers presents a significant growth opportunity for companies with tangible products today. With QLogic now at the forefront of network convergence, I look forward to helping the company expand its share in this rapidly emerging market and leading the North America sales organization to its next stage of growth."

Rothstein's career spans a multitude of sales and sales management roles over a period of 18 years in the storage industry. Rothstein spent seven years at Brocade in strategic sales roles with increasing levels of responsibility, including vice president of Worldwide Tapestry Sales and vice president of North America Sales. At Brocade, Rothstein established a scalable sales growth model and was responsible for managing a $400 million enterprise sales organization. He is credited with significantly expanding the company's addressable market by implementing go-to-market models that increased the company's sales coverage in both established and emerging markets.