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Cyan Adds Accomplished Sales Executive John Halliwell

Former Microsoft and Sun Microsystems Executive Leads Cyan's Worldwide Field Operations (March 26, 2012)

PETALUMA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/12 -- Cyan today announced the addition of John Halliwell as vice president of worldwide field operations. Bringing over 20 years of experience with both public and private companies, John will manage Cyan's sales team to accelerate Cyan's global expansion.

According to Cyan CEO Mike Hatfield, "We are excited to have John join our team. His successful experiences in sales and general management around the world will further enhance Cyan's rapid global expansion efforts. Our success with Software Defined Solutions will also be enhanced with John's background in software sales and cloud computing. As Cyan capitalizes on its relentless global communications network growth, John is ideal to lead our worldwide field operations."

John's diverse background includes experience in international operations, sales strategy development and management, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. He brings experience leading sales efforts in the EMEA, APAC and Americas regions. Prior to joining Cyan, John was integral in the growth of Enterprise business at Microsoft.

"I am excited about Cyan's unique solutions that enhance our customers' business models," stated Halliwell. "I look forward to growing Cyan's outstanding sales team and to fueling Cyan's worldwide growth."

Most recently, John was general manager, northwest enterprise and partner business for Microsoft. John was responsible for the company's sales, service, and marketing, and was essential in Microsoft's growth in business during his tenure.

Prior to Microsoft, John served as vice president of global accounts and business development at Avaya. Before that, he held the positions of vice president of media and communications for, and development of a new go-to-market strategy for its launch of software platform as a service. John held various leadership roles with Sun Microsystems, Inc., and was responsible for Sun Grid, Sun's Cloud Computing startup venture. In addition, John has held a variety of leadership roles at 3Com Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Telecom New Zealand and Apple, New Zealand.

About Cyan
Cyan is an industry-leading, global innovator of multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, software and SaaS solutions, and professional services that fundamentally transform networks into Service Level Aware Networks. Cyan has a wide range of deployments across the world. Cyan customers range from multi-million line local access service providers, to regional transport, business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, data center and cable MSO service providers. Cyan enables service providers to scale, extend, and simplify conventional and packet-based networks for more profitable service offerings. For additional information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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