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Management

The Avistar Management Team includes pioneers in the original development of much of the technology that has led to integrated and networked video, data and voice collaboration, appropriate to Avistar technologies and products. The team includes:

Bob Kirk, Chief Executive Officer
Kirk joined Avistar as CEO in July 2009 and is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and advancement of its mission and objectives. Fueled by his extensive experience as a successful CEO, Kirk’s goal is to ensure the growth of Avistar within the quickly expanding unified communications and videoconferencing industries. Kirk most recently served as the CEO of ChoicePay. Previously to ChoicePay, Kirk served as CEO of VICOR, Inc. where he led VICOR’s successful expansion and subsequent sale to Metavante Corporation. He holds an MBA in Business Management and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia University.

Elias (Eli) MurrayMetzger, Chief Financial Officer
MurrayMetzger brings to Avistar more than 11 years of experience in financial management, regulatory compliance and operations at technology organizations. Prior to joining Avistar, MurrayMetzger served as Assistant Controller of Centra Software, Inc., a provider of software solutions for online business communication, collaboration and learning. During his tenure at Centra from April 2004 to January 2006, MurrayMetzger successfully navigated the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance effort and all SEC reporting and compliance functions as the company reached profitability and was sold to Saba, Inc. in February 2006. Prior to Centra, MurrayMetzger worked for the technology audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers from February 2000 to March 2004. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness with a concentration in finance from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Steve Westmoreland, Chief Operating Officer
Westmoreland joined Avistar in October 2009 and is responsible for the company’s development, quality assurance, and operational support functions. Westmoreland brings to Avistar over 25 years of proven experience in Information Systems. Most recently he was SVP of Support Operations for Vicor where he helped grow the company and played a leading role as part of Metavante’s successful acquisition of Vicor. Prior to that Westmoreland held CIO positions at Damage Studios and VALinux Systems. Earlier, he held operations and technology positions with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Centex. Westmoreland holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University.

Vladimir Vysotsky, Chief Technology Officer
Vysotsky joined Avistar in May 2001 and is responsible for the company’s technology vision and architecture as well as the application of this technology. Reporting to the Avistar COO, Vladimir has been instrumental in the evolution of Avistar architecture and applications, participating as a senior developer, team lead, architect and project director for major OEM projects. Prior to joining Avistar, Vysotsky developed software for multimodal online call center solutions (MATRAnet, U.S./Ukraine) and GIS, command and control, and decision support systems (Topaz – Inform, Ukraine). He is a graduate of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and holds a masters degree in Physics.

Bryan Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Kennedy joined Avistar in December 2009 and is responsible for the company’s Business Development initiatives. Prior to joining Avistar, Kennedy held executive management positions at Avid technology, a leader in digital media solutions; Platinum Venture Partners, a leading early stage venture fund; McKinsey and Company, a leading management consulting firm and has founded, participated in and advised numerous successful technology start-ups. His professional experience extends into the digital media, enterprise software, systems and data storage markets. Kennedy is a graduate of Farleigh Dickenson University with a major in Economics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.