Wind River Names John Fanelli as Vice President of Product Planning and Management

  • New executive hire will focus on product strategy and execution
  • Fanelli will drive Wind River’s product lines–Workbench, General Purpose Platform and Market Specific Solutions
  • Concurrently, Wind River delivers Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition Reference Design Release

Alameda, Calif.--January 5, 2005--Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that John Fanelli has joined the company as Vice President, Product Planning and Management. Fanelli brings more than 15 years of product management expertise to Wind River and will oversee all product planning and management functions for the company’s product lines–Wind River Workbench, General Purpose Platform and Market Specific Solutions. Fanelli will report to John Bruggeman, Wind River’s chief marketing officer. Coinciding with Fanelli’s arrival, Wind River today also announced the Reference Design Release for its Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition.

Fanelli joins Wind River from Sun Microsystems where he spent more than six years in a variety of leadership positions. Most recently, Fanelli served as senior director of marketing for Sun’s Network Systems Group. In that position, he played an instrumental role in developing the strategy and roadmap for Sun’s AMD Opteron processor-based server and workstation product lines. Fanelli also served as Sun’s director of business management and product marketing, Java System Network Identity, Communications and Portal Services; director of marketing and business management for the Sun ONE and iPlanet software divisions; and group marketing manager of Sun’s Solaris software division.

"John Fanelli brings an impressive track record to Wind River, and I am confident he will provide the vision, leadership and execution to deliver increasingly innovative products to our customers," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. “John also brings key Linux experience to Wind River that will be invaluable to the organization as we expand our Linux offerings for the device market. We are very pleased to start off the 2005 New Year by adding his talents to our team.”

Fanelli holds a M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a M.S. in computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology and B.S. in computer science at the University of Michigan.

“The proliferation and rising complexity of intelligent, connected devices is creating a tremendous market need for device software optimization solutions, and out of all the competitors vying for this market, Wind River is clearly the company to watch,” said Fanelli. “With the decision early last year to open its product lines to Linux, as well as its strong installed base, leading marketshare, and more than 30,000 developers, I can’t think of a more exciting time to join the company.”

Concurrent with Fanelli’s appointment, Wind River also announced the Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition Reference Design Release To learn more about Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition please visit

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). The company enables customers to develop and run device software better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River’s Workbench, General Purpose Platform and Market-Specific Platforms reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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