McDATA Names President and Chief Operating Officer

McDATA Corporation(R today announced the appointment of John A. Kelley to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer. Kelley was most recently executive vice president, for Qwest Communications International.

“I am pleased to welcome John Kelley to McDATA,” said Jack McDonnell, chairman and chief executive officer of McDATA. “John’s history of successful leadership, strategic planning, and managing and streamlining operations in the technology sector make him a valuable addition to our senior management team. I am confident that John will further enhance the depth and breadth of our increasingly strong senior management team, help McDATA fully implement our Core-to-Edge strategy, realize our vision of global market leadership in open SAN solutions and increase value for our shareholders.

“I am excited to join McDATA and participate in driving the company’s continued market leadership, growth, profitability and value creation, opportunities that are apparent in the storage networking industry,” said Kelley. “Jack McDonnell has brought together a great team to lead the company in its next stage of growth, and I am looking forward to working with them to implement McDATA’s strategic vision.”

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