6connect Appoints Bill Bien as CEO
IPv4 & IPv6 Network Automation Pioneering Company Adds Strength to its Executive Leadership Team
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 17, 2012 – 6connect, Inc., the world leader in IPv4 & IPv6 Network Automation solutions, announced today the appointment of Bill Bien as its new CEO effective immediately.
Bien brings more than 20 years of global experience in service provider and enterprise solutions, telecommunications, and IP Networking to vault 6connect into its next phase of growth and innovation. Most recently he led sales and marketing at People Power, a Silicon Valley startup that provides mobile applications and cloud controls for the Internet of Things, and before that led enterprise and government marketing and business development for Telstra, a global leader in telecommunications innovation. This built upon his experience in corporate strategy, finance and sales at Cisco Systems. Bien holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School and a BA degree in Economics and Chinese from the Ohio State University.
“Our vision at 6connect is to revolutionize the world’s control of IPv4 & IPv6 networks – combining the best of cloud computing with network automation software, said Aaron Hughes, President and CTO of 6connect. With our anticipated fast growth, we are fortunate to bring on Bill as our new CEO because of his unique global and cross-industry experience in telecommunications, cloud computing, and IP networks. He will help us immensely as we prepare to disrupt the DDI and network automation space.”
Bien’s arrival comes at a time when the network automation market is going through massive change because of the accelerating deployment of IPv6 and the number of devices exceeding the number of IPv4 addresses worldwide. The RIPE region (Europe) and APNIC region (Asia) have fully deployed IPv4 and have moved to allocating only IPv6 addresses. All other regions are in similar situations and a global changeover is quickly approaching.
“Bill will make an immediate and positive impact on 6connect – helping the company launch its next generation products into this exploding Network Automation market,” said Mark Gorenberg, managing director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
“I am honored and excited to be joining such a stellar 6connect team, said Bill Bien, CEO, 6connect. We are about to announce our new products in October that will change the paradigm for network automation software going forward.”
6connect was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009. The company is the global leader in IPv4 & IPv6 Network Automation solutions and offers the industry’s first end-to-end network provisioning and asset management system. 6connect Suite is an integrated set of SaaS tools built from the ground up to support the transition and management of complex next-generation, dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Building on more than a decade of innovation with IPv4 & IPv6, the 6connect engineering team includes some of the world’s foremost experts in IPv6 technology, network design, operations, and management.
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