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Former COO of CNET Joins VA Software as Group President of Open Source Technology Group

Rich MarinoTapped to Lead Largest Network of Tech Sites Featuring User-Generated Content

VA Software Corporation, the online media, e-commerce and software provider in community-driven Open Source innovation, has announced the appointment of Rich Marino as Group President of its online media division, OSTG, Inc. (Open Source Technology Group). Marino comes to OSTG with more than 24 years of executive management, sales, marketing, and global operations experience with media organizations. As Group President, Marino will continue to accelerate the momentum at OSTG by managing the strategy, planning and operations for the network's top-ranked technology sites, including Slashdot.org, SourceForge.net, freshmeat.net, Linux.com, NewsForge.com, and ITManagersJournal.com.

"We are pleased to have a media veteran like Rich on board. OSTG has seen tremendous growth in unique visitor traffic over the past years, and Rich's experience and successful track record will be invaluable to the organization as we continue to position ourselves as the leader in technology media," said Ali Jenab, VA Software's president and CEO. "Rich drove significant growth at CNET, Ziff-Davis and IDG; we look forward to his contribution to OSTG and VA Software's growth in the future."

"OSTG has cracked the code for effectively disseminating quality user-generated content on a massive scale -- unlike any other media environment out there today," added Rich Marino. "SourceForge.net and Slashdot.org are invaluable to the technology community in part because they provide site visitors with a platform to publish their own experience and expertise. I believe that the demand for content such as this is only going to increase over time -- and OSTG is perfectly positioned to capitalize on this demand with both the audience and the marketers who need to reach that audience."

Most recently, Marino was CEO of Trinity Learning Corporation, where he oversaw overall operating results for 5 subsidiaries located both domestically and abroad. During his tenure as COO of CNET Networks, he was instrumental in the company's growth from $50 million to over $200 million in operating revenue. Marino also spent 10 years with IDG as President and CEO for the PC World Communications business unit. While with PC World, Marino was successful in growing the publication into the leading monthly magazine in its field with well over $100 million in annual revenues.

Marino's appointment comes at a time when OSTG is taking a leadership position in the online media marketplace: the network has seen record growth with a 6-time increase in unique visitor traffic since 2002 -- delivering more than 30 million unique visitors each month, according to Google Analytics. OSTG has also seen a significant increase in technology marketers and vendors purchasing the network's comprehensive, integrated advertising programs and its largely unduplicated audience of technology professionals. Top-tier technology companies, including AMD, IBM, HP, Oracle, Rackspace, Microsoft, Verizon, and Sun, rely on OSTG marketing channels to provide them with access to the rich community of technology influencers and consumers who visit the sites on a daily basis.

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