IONA Names Co-founder and Chairman as New CEO

5/16/2003 - IONA®, the leading provider of Rapid Integration software (NASDAQ: IONA), announced changes to the senior management of the company.

With immediate effect company co-founder and Chairman Dr. Chris Horn takes up the post of CEO. Dr. Horn co-founded IONA and has been Chairman since March 1991. He was the initial developer of IONA's Orbix product and served as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception until May 2000. Dr. Horn is Chairman of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in Dublin and serves as a Director on the board of directors of a number of Irish high-tech companies and representative organisations.

Mr. Kevin Melia, an IONA board member since 1994, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Melia has held a number of senior management positions in the high-tech industry, most recently as founder, Chairman and CEO of Manufacturers Services Ltd. (NYSE:MSV), a leading EMS company. He is also a former CFO of Sun Microsystems, President of Sun Microsystems Computer Company, a Sun Microsystems subsidiary, and Executive VP of Operations for Sun Microsystems.

In a series of further moves, Mr. Barry Morris, CEO since May 2000, Mr. Steven Fisch, COO, who joined the company in August 2002, and Mr. David James, Executive Vice President Corporate Development, who joined in 1997, have resigned.

"The Board of IONA Technologies is responding firmly to the challenges and opportunities of the changed marketplace, to position the company for profitable growth and to take advantage of market opportunities through business and new product development. I want to thank Barry, Steven and David for their enormous contributions to IONA and I wish them well in their next challenges" said Dr. Chris Horn.

Continuing Dr. Horn said; "Our objective is to provide top quality support to our extensive installed customer base, to build on IONA's strengths and capability to develop new products, and to enable us better to support our customer's evolving IT requirements with excellent products and service."

"Through its history to date IONA Technologies has demonstrated strong industry leadership, it has developed an innovative product range and built an excellent customer base."

The company has both the energy and necessary financial resources to hand, including $75m in cash and investments, to target profitable growth for the future and, under its new management team, the company is being re-energised. IONA is a company with a strong development strategy and great potential," said Dr Horn.

Commenting on his resignation as CEO, Mr. Barry Morris said, "I have enjoyed the challenges of working with IONA, its employees, customers, partners and its products. I feel it is time to move on to a new challenge. It has been a privilege to lead IONA to the height of its success and to manage the company in difficult market conditions. I wish the company every success in its goals of market leadership in the middleware marketplace and I believe that the company has the capacity to succeed in its objective."

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Melia said, "The Board is confident that these changes to the leadership team are in the best interests of the company, as we pursue our strategy to return IONA to sustained profitability, as quickly as possible."

About IONA
IONA® is the leading provider of Rapid Integration software with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA's award-winning Rapid Integration software products are built on: service-oriented architectures that increase reuse of software assets to deliver lasting results, standards-based software that enables vendor independence, and incremental deployment capabilities that lower the customer's risk.

Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

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