Scott Petry, Founder of Postini, Joins Return Path’s Board of Directors
Petry Joins Fred Wilson, Greg Sands, Scott Weiss and Brad Feld
November 10th, 2010 – New York City – Return Path, the global leader in email deliverability and security services, today announced that Scott Petry of Google (GOOG) has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Petry founded Postini in 1999 and continued to lead the company through its acquisition by Google in 2007 for $625 million. Mr. Petry joined Google as product management director.
Today Google Postini Services is the leading enterprise-level anti-spam solution serving tens of thousands of businesses across all industries. Early clients included Merrill Lynch, Circuit City, and Hormel Foods — the company that makes the canned meat product known as Spam.
Mr. Petry began his career at Apple Computer (AAPL) in the product management group where he worked on the Newton PDA product. He was also a US national team rower and won a bronze medal in the 1987 world championships.
Mr. Petry joins a Board that includes many business and technology luminaries including Fred Wilson, Greg Sands, and Scott Weiss. Mr. Wilson, a managing director of New York-based Union Square Ventures, is widely known for his blog AVC which covers entrepreneurship and technology and has more than 80,000 readers. He is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Business Insider and TechCrunch. Mr. Sands is a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures in Silicon Valley, known for investments in Palm, Shutterfly and LifeSize.
On the entrepreneur side, Scott Petry joins existing Board member Scott Weiss, co-founder of Ironport Systems, a company he started in 2000 and sold to Cisco Systems (CSCO) for $830 million in 2007.
The Return Path Board of Directors is also advised by Brad Feld, a managing director of Boulder, Colorado-based Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital, which is a major investor in Return Path. Mr. Feld and Foundry Group were recently featured in the New York Times for being a leader in funding companies that are fueling the tech explosion in Colorado where Return Path has a major presence. He also blogs at Feld Thoughts.
“We have been very fortunate to attract some of the top names from the technology investing and email security communities to our Board of Directors,” said Matt Blumberg, CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder of Return Path. “We are extremely excited to bring on Scott with his wealth of experience in email security and technology and business building into the mix.”
“Return Path is an exciting company with innovative products and services, top talent at all levels and a solid financial foundation,” said Mr. Petry. “I’m looking forward to working with the management team and the Board to provide strategic guidance as the company accelerates its product innovation cycles.”
About Return Path
Return Path works to make email work better by scoring and certifying email senders from around the world. We help marketers, publishers and other large-volume email senders increase their response rates by providing the world’s leading inbox deliverability solution. We help mailbox providers and email administrators at ISPs and enterprises block unwelcome and malicious email by providing near real-time IP reputation scores and other data-driven tools. Taken as a whole, these tools and services improve the consumer experience of email by protecting them from spam, phishing and other abuse. Return Path offers free access to Sender Score, the email reputation measure compiled through our cooperative data network of ISPs and other email receivers, at our reputation portal: www.senderscore.org. Information about Return Path can be found at www.returnpath.net.
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