Press Release: The Planet Appoints General Manager to Lead New Microsoft Business Unit
HOUSTON, April 30, 2007 – The Planet, the world’s largest privately held dedicated hosting company, today announced the appointment of Cody Menard as general manager of its newly formed Microsoft business unit. Menard reports to Vice President of Marketing Steve Kahan.
In this role, Menard will manage the recently formed business unit, developing new solutions designed specifically around Microsoft and Windows environments. The company plans additional announcements around new products and services this summer.
“Cody Menard brings deep experience with Microsoft and its Windows Division, and he’ll serve as a critical resource in developing our solutions for Microsoft-based environments,” said Kahan. “As we continue to diversify our product portfolio to meet the fluid demands of our global customer base, his extensive technology background and ability to build solutions from the ground up will be critical to the successful delivery of our future offerings.”
Prior to joining The Planet, Menard served as a group program manager in Microsoft’s Windows Division, where he was responsible for ensuring that critical business applications remained compatible with new Windows releases. In 1999, Menard founded Covasoft, Inc. and served as its Chief Technology Officer until its merger with Tonic Software in 2002. He also worked as a senior consultant for Cap Gemini and as the director of ERP solutions at BMC Software. Menard began his career at AT&T Bell Labs and spent 13 years with the company. He holds two patents with the systems he developed at Covasoft for real-time diagnosis of business transaction failures in a highly distributed environment. Menard earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
About The Planet
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools, and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses. For additional information, visit www.theplanet.com.