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Zend Technologies Appoints Mark de Visser as Chief Marketing Officer

De Visser Brings Extensive Experience Marketing Open Source and Development Tools; Aims to Accelerate Adoption of PHP for Building Next Generation Web Applications

Cupertino, Calif. - December 06, 2005 - Zend Technologies, the PHP company, today announced that Mark de Visser has joined the company as chief marketing officer. De Visser has previously worked in marketing positions at technology companies such as Agitar, Red Hat, and Borland. At Zend, he will be responsible for the company’s overall market strategy, as well as for product marketing and corporate communications.

De Visser joins the company at an important juncture. PHP, software for rapid development and deployment of Web applications, is being increasingly adopted with an estimated 2.5 million developers currently using it and 22 million deployed websites. PHP is also getting increasing attention from corporate users and major software companies such as IBM, Oracle, and Google.

De Visser joins Zend from Agitar Software, a supplier of tools for Java software developers, where he oversaw the successful introduction of three generations of the Agitator development tool, winning broad customer adoption as well as technology awards from JavaOne, InfoWorld, eWeek, SDTimes, and the Wall Street Journal. Before Agitar, de Visser was vice president of marketing at Red Hat Inc. where he was a member of the team that created the company’s market-leading position with the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. He also worked for twelve years at Borland International in international and product marketing roles, and as vice president of corporate marketing.

"PHP is at a tipping point and Zend is recruiting the market’s best and brightest to ensure we’re providing a full lifecycle solution for companies building PHP based Web applications,” said Doron Gerstel, Zend co-founder, president and CEO. “Mark is an important addition to the executive team and will be instrumental in guiding the long-term market strategy that will ensure continued high growth of the company."

"The rate of innovation in software delivery is ever increasing, disrupting existing businesses and enabling new opportunities and business models,” said de Visser. “Zend is one of the companies at the heart of this trend and its community of users, contributors, customers and partners, is vibrant and rapidly expanding. It is exciting to have the opportunity to contribute to this innovation and the creation of the next great software company."

About Zend Technologies Inc.

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend's founders are the architects of PHP, which is used by more than 22 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic Web applications. Deployed at more than 10,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend, headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded with investments from Azure, Index, Intel Capital, Platinum, SAP Ventures and Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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