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Posted May 28, 2014
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Pertino CEO Named Winner of World Class New Zealand Awards

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – May 29, 2014 – Pertino, a company reinventing networking for the cloud era, today announced that CEO and co-founder Craig Elliott was a recipient of the World Class New Zealand Award for his contributions in technological innovation and strategic counsel to the New Zealand community. World Class New Zealand is a New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) initiative managed by Kea.

“I’ve enjoyed the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape and the brilliance of its people for over twenty years, and I’m honored to receive the World Class New Zealand award,” said Craig Elliott, CEO and co-founder for Pertino. “New Zealand as an emerging technology hub has such tremendous talent and skill, and I’m excited to contribute to the nation’s innovation and technological growth.”

In March, Pertino announced a summer intern program for New Zealand university students, dubbed InterNZ, which leveraged New Zealand’s summer from December through February. Elliott started the program to tap tech-rich Kiwi universities for a steady supply of eager and capable software development talent, to build on the momentum of Pertino’s U.S. summer internship program.

In addition to co-founding Pertino, Elliott is co-founder and a board member for the Kiwi Landing Pad, an organization that helps high-growth New Zealand technology companies establish and grow their business in the U.S.; a member of the board of directors for New Zealand based tech company Xero; and a strategic advisor to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

The World Class New Zealand Awards celebrate inspirational, world-leading Kiwis at home and around the world. Established in 2003, the awards are one of New Zealand’s most prestigious individual achievement awards, acknowledging New Zealand’s top international talent who all share a vision to make New Zealand succeed. Prior to the 2014 World Class New Zealand Awards black-tie gala dinner, winners will speak at Inspire Days, a three-day travelling entrepreneurial and innovation conference, to tell their story about how they made their mark on the world stage.

About Pertino

Founded in 2011, Pertino has an inspired vision for reinventing networking for the cloud era, and in the process, being a catalyst for democratizing IT for small-to-medium businesses. Globalization, cloud-enabled IT, and growing demand for always-connected people, devices, and things is affecting businesses of all sizes – making the “outside network” as critical as the inside one. However, traditional wide-area networks have not kept pace. Pertino’s revolutionary Cloud Network Engine enables an IT person, regardless of skill level, to build a secure and reliable cloud network in minutes that connects people everywhere to IT resources anywhere. To achieve this breakthrough, Pertino has developed a software-driven cloud platform that combines the power and pervasiveness of the cloud with network virtualization and Software-defined Network (SDN) technology. The company is venture funded and headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. For more information or to try Pertino free for yourself, please visit pertino.com.

Todd Krautkremer

Todd Krautkremer

VP Sales & Marketing

Pertino is my 5th start-up since doing time at AT&T and Siemens. As Pertino's VP of Sales and Marketing, I thrive on building new market opportunities and speak networking, security, SaaS, cloud, mobile, Big Data, carriers, and a little Russian.

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