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Harry Ruda

Chief Executive Officer, Desktone

Harry Ruda joined Desktone as Chief Executive Officer in October 2006, bringing over 30 years of experience in the information and communications technology marketplace.

As CEO, Ruda leads the Desktone team working to deliver cost savings and simplicity to the expensive and complex world of corporate desktop computers. Ruda came to Desktone from Softricity, an application virtualization provider, which he co-founded as CEO in June 1999, before assuming the role of Chairman in March 2006. Since Softricity’s inception, Ruda had raised over $60 million from top-tier venture funds all of whom realized significant ROI. Softricity was acquired by Microsoft in July 2006 in one of the largest software transactions in New England, valued at greater than 17 times previous year’s revenue.

Prior to Softricity, Ruda was President and CEO of ITS, a manufacturer of video access equipment for IP and ATM networks. The company was acquired by Artel Video in March 1999 just prior to the first round of funding. Ruda also co-founded and served as VP of Sales and Marketing for a VC-backed start-up, Network Switching Systems, a manufacturer of integrated voice and data switching equipment. After the company was acquired by BBN Communications, Ruda served as BBN’s VP for Integrated Network Sales, responsible for worldwide deployment of integrated T1 networks to enterprise accounts.

Ruda also founded and operated a global telecomm consulting business, Global Technologies, whose clients were many of the world’s leading telecomm service providers. Ruda also held executive positions at Bell Atlantic, Bridgeway Corporation, and Glyph Systems.

Additionally, Ruda serves on several private company boards as Independent Director and also sits on several advisory boards for early stage companies.

Ruda holds an M.B.A. from Boston College and an MS in Operations Research and B.S. in Management Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.