James Finn to leave IBM for Ingres Corporation

REDWOOD CITY: Jim Finn, former communications executive at IBM and Oracle, has joined open source software startup Ingres as SVP and chief communications officer.

REDWOOD CITY: Jim Finn, former communications executive at IBM and Oracle, has joined open source software startup Ingres as SVP and chief communications officer.

Finn will be responsible for media relations, marketing and employee communications, and investor and analyst relations for the open source database company.

Finn joins from IBM, where he was VP of communications for IBM Americas. Finn joined IBM in April after leaving Oracle in January 2005 as VP of worldwide corporate communications.

IBM has already named Bryan Simmons as Finn's replacement. Simmons was previously VP of client and industry communications at IBM.

"This is one of those rare opportunities to redefine the [database software] industry," said Finn of his decision to join the startup. "Open source is a wave [that] people are riding."

Open source has become a major story in recent years, particularly as companies such as Mozilla and Red Hat inject new life into their industries, web browsers and operating systems, respectively.

Finn hopes that Ingres, which launched in November, will have the same impact on database software, which will take the company into direct competition with his former employer Oracle. The company has hired OutCast Communications as its agency and has announced multiple new hires.

Kristin Hollins, former Oracle VP of international and executive communications, will serve as VP of executive and product communications at Ingres. Also joining the company is Robert Swadosh as VP of strategic communications. Swadosh joins from S2 Communications, a communications research consultancy he co-founded.

Finn will report to Terry Garnett, chairman and CEO, who was SVP of marketing and business development at Oracle.

"We're going to help this company get out there and connect with users," said Finn. "We're going to be a disruptive force" in the database software market.

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