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Black Duck Software Names Security Expert Bill Ledingham as Chief Technology Officer

Black Duck Software, the leading OSS Logistics solutions provider enabling the adoption and management of open source software (OSS), today announced the appointment of Bill Ledingham to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President of Engineering.

A 30-year industry veteran, Ledingham will guide the company’s technology vision and product strategy to further improve the performance and usability of Black Duck’s breakthrough OSS Logistics solutions. He will also work closely with Lou Shipley, President and CEO of Black Duck, to grow the company’s base of enterprise IT customers and address new markets with a SaaS model.

“Bill is the ideal technology leader to help us make OSS Logistics ubiquitous across the enterprise,” said Shipley. “His proven ability to create value in the information security space, manage product transitions, deeply engage customers, and drive cross-functional product delivery will enable us to not only achieve our goals, but to surpass them. We are thrilled to have him on board at such a pivotal time in our history.”

Ledingham most recently served as CTO of Verdasys, a provider of data risk management and information security solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and the government. During his six-year tenure at Verdasys, Ledingham led engineering, product management, OEM relationship, customer support, and IT functions.

Prior to Verdasys, he served in senior engineering, business development, and product development positions at three other software companies, two of which were purchased by larger entities, and one which went public.

“The rapid growth of open source adoption across the enterprise and the associated security risks present a remarkable opportunity for Black Duck and its OSS Logistics solutions,” said Ledingham. “We are in position to help enterprises speed up application development lifecycles and dramatically improve software quality, while easily mitigating security risks. This will lead to unprecedented levels of innovation. I am excited to be a part of such an important undertaking.”

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck provides the world’s only end-to-end OSS Logistics solution, enabling enterprises of every size to optimize the opportunities and solve the logistical challenges that come with open source adoption and management. As part of the greater open source community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources through The Black Duck Open Hub (formerly Ohloh), and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity, and improved efficiency, visit and follow the company at @black_duck_sw.

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