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Vell Recruits President and COO for Cloud-based Identity Mgt Software (NYSE: PING)

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Bob Smith

President and COO

> Location: Silicon Valley, CA to Denver, CO
> Industry: Security Software
> Other experience: CEO, Aligo | CEO, Harmony SW
> Ownership: Public (NYSE: PING)

Silicon Valley Veteran becomes President and COO

Denver, Colorado - Ping Identity Corporation, the leading provider of federated identity management solutions, today announced that it has added two experienced executives to its senior management team. Bob Smith, a Silicon Valley Veteran, joined the team as President and Chief Operating Officer, and Patrick Harding, VP and Security Architect at Fidelity Investments, joined the team as VP of Technology. The addition of these executives brings seasoned leadership and enterprise-level expertise to Ping's already strong management team. Mr. Smith leverages his more than 20 years of software sales and executive management experience to oversee all of Ping's sales, marketing and operations. Prior to Ping Identity, Mr. Smith was President and CEO of Aligo. Under Mr. Smith's leadership at Aligo, the company doubled its revenue year over year and innovated on new products in the mobile software space. Nearly 250,000 end users now use Aligo products worldwide. Prior to Aligo, Mr. Smith was president and CEO of Harmony Software Inc., a business performance management software provider. Prior to Harmony, Mr. Smith was vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Be Inc. where he helped conclude the company's IPO.

About Federated Identity

Federated Identity allows enterprises and service providers to securely link and exchange identity information across partner, supplier and customer organizations. Federation takes an open, standards-based approach that eliminates the cost overruns, security loopholes, and user inconvenience caused by rigid, proprietary, "silo-ed" application architectures. Federated Identity has become a key initiative and competitive differentiator for Global 2000 businesses.

About PingFederate

Ping Identity's flagship product, PingFederate v2.0, is an advanced identity federation gateway for implementing the "SAML" (Security Assertion Markup Language) protocol for extended enterprise security, web SSO, and portal and business partner integration. Under the "PingFederate Now" program, users can download, install and use PingFederate for both internal and external federation completely risk-free. Leveraging PingFederate, enterprises can enable seamless application, user and directory integration and web single sign-on across different departments, security domains and business partners through federation's light-weight, loosely-coupled approach. PingFederate is unique in its delivery of simplified integration, administration, integrated security services, and flexible "pay as you succeed" pricing.

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Dora Vell

Managing Partner

Dora Vell is the CEO of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston that recruits technology executives and board members for companies ranging from promising tech startups to Fortune 100 companies. Throughout her 22-year career in executive search, she has successfully completed hundreds of assignments, placing board members, CEOs, COOs, CIOs, technology officers, vice presidents and many other C-level executives. Vell’s clients span both private and public companies and her work has included searches in markets large and small across the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to founding Vell Executive Search in 2005, she was a partner at the executive search consulting firm Heidrick & Struggles for seven years. She started in the Technology Practice in the Toronto office, became the firm’s Technology Practice leader for Canada, and then joined the firm’s Boston office.

Before her career in executive search, Vell worked for 11 years at IBM Canada in software-related roles of increasing responsibility. She started as a software engineer, managed a software engineering team of 100, and then led software sales for IBM Canada. She holds seven worldwide software patents. This deep industry understanding has helped Vell Executive Search become a recognized leader in finding senior executive and board talent for software and SaaS companies.

Vell is a recognized industry thought leader who has published several reports on governance and leadership topics. She has been frequently quoted as an expert on executive and board leadership by outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, The OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell has been a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State University, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for Developmentally Handicapped Adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

The trilingual daughter of a diplomat, Vell grew up in Canada, Greece, France, Switzerland and China. Her unique multicultural and international perspective, experiences as a woman in the male-dominated software field, and insights as a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen inform all her work for clients.

Vell received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a bachelor’s in Computer Science from Carleton University.  She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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