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  • 18 November 2003 11:56

IronPort Steels Bosch for IT Industry Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, November 18th 2003

After 18 months absence, Michael J. Bosch has returned to the local IT scene as Managing Director and – as yet – sole employee of the newly formed Australian and New Zealand arm of IronPort Systems, Inc.

San Bruno, California-based IronPort was founded in 2000 and has become a leading business email infrastructure products and services provider. IronPort’s family of Messaging Gateway appliances speed email delivery as much as 10 times faster than conventional means, offer unprecedented ease of use, high levels of security and reduced total cost of ownership.

Additionally, IronPort's revolutionary Bonded Sender Program and SenderBase services help guarantee email legitimacy and thwart the voluminous threat of unsolicited commercial email or spam.

Mike Bosch is in good company at IronPort. The company was founded by Internet messaging pioneers from companies such as Hotmail, eGroups, ListBot and Yahoo! and is backed by two of Silicon Valley’s most seasoned venture capital firms – Allegis Capital and Menlo Ventures. Other significant investors are General Motors, NTT Japan and Chevron Texaco.

IronPort’s directors include Jack Smith, the co-founder of Hotmail Corporation; Scott Banister, the founder and VP Technology of ListBot, later acquired by Microsoft; and Scott Weiss who is IronPort’s CEO and was previously responsible for business development at Hotmail.

Mike Bosch is a US citizen but long time Australian resident having first come to this country with Texas Instruments in 1981. He was Sun Microsystems’ first Regional Sales Manager in Australia and later joined Cisco. In 1997 he set up the local arm of Network Appliance.

Mike spent the last 18 months like any successful IT player who knows when to exercise his stock options. His time away included indulging his love of sailing – he competed in last year’s Tahiti Nui Cup – and setting up his presumptive Hunter Valley vineyard.

He also spent time in Europe tracing his family’s wine making origins in and around Alsace-Lorraine where his ancestors prudently labeled their wines either French or German depending on which country was ruling their part of the map at the time.

Mr Bosch holds a Bachelor of Economics from Indiana University and Masters in Economics and Finance from the University of Idaho.


Notes for Editors

IronPort Systems is an email infrastructure products and services provider targeting Global 2000 companies. The company has developed a family of products called Messaging Gateway™ appliances that offer breakthrough performance, unprecedented ease of use and reduced total cost of ownership. Additionally, IronPort Information Services, Bonded Sender Program and SenderBase, help guarantee the delivery of legitimate email and thwart the voluminous threat of unsolicited commercial email (UCE) or spam.

IronPort A60, IronPort A30, IronPort C60, Messaging Gateway, AsyncOS, IronPort, SenderBase, and Bonded Sender are trademarks of IronPort Systems.

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Contacts Michael J. Bosch IronPort Systems Australia / New Zealand Mob +61 (0) 417 287 345

Press Contact Derek Evans Gotley Nix Evans Tel +61 (0)2 9957 5555 Mob +61 (0) 410 601 673

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