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SolarWinds Appoints Dennis Howard, EVP and CIO, Charles Schwab, to Board of Directors

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#SWISolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the appointment of Dennis Howard, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Schwab Technology Services, Charles Schwab & Co, to its Board of Directors, effective September 17, 2020. Howard replaces Paul Cormier, President and CEO, Red Hat, who resigned from SolarWinds’ Board to open up a vacancy for the appointment of Howard.

For over 20 years, SolarWinds has been committed to making IT look easy by arming technology pros with the powerful tools they need to solve today’s IT management challenges. Dennis’ deep operating expertise and leadership roles in building and scaling technology environments for large enterprises will be a valuable addition to our Board of Directors as we continue to build and position SolarWinds as a partner of choice for IT infrastructure management solutions,” said Kevin B. Thompson, president and CEO, SolarWinds. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Cormier for lending his expertise and perspective to the Board for these past two years.”

The SolarWinds leadership position in the market and strong focus on continued disruption of the IT infrastructure management space make it a compelling time to join the company,” said Dennis Howard. “I look forward to adding my experience as an IT leader to this Board.”

Howard will also serve on the company’s audit committee.

Dennis Howard has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Charles Schwab & Co, Inc. since 2016, and previously served as its Senior Vice President, Core Technology Services from 2014 to 2016. Prior to Charles Schwab, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Visa Inc., and in various other information technology roles at Visa across a number of disciplines, including development of enterprise systems, data and analytics, and client-facing product development. Howard has also worked in technology at Commerce One, Inc. and other firms and served in several roles in the public sector. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Public Policy & Administration degree from Baylor University.


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