LONGMONT, Colo., Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that Barry Rudolph, a storage and networking veteran of 32 years at International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM has been appointed to the Dot Hill board of directors effective February 20, 2012. Until his retirement from IBM in November 2010, Mr. Rudolph held numerous senior level positions in a variety of functional areas, including operations, engineering, product development, test and assurance, program management, field support and, direct manufacturing. Most recently he was Vice President, System Networking, with responsibility for delivering overall networking product strategy, portfolio management, and P&L over each of the products in the group. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Rudolph was Vice President, Strategy and Stack Integration for IBM Storage, responsible for establishing the overall strategy, driving all decisions on portfolio investments for the storage business, and integrating with other areas within IBM including IBM's Global Services and Software organizations. Prior positions Mr. Rudolph held include Vice President for IBM's Disk, SAN & NAS Storage Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Disk, SAN and NAS storage business within IBM, including profit and loss, product portfolio investments, go to market strategy and execution and customer support. He has also held an identical role with responsibility for IBM's tape business. Mr. Rudolph's accomplished academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. "We are delighted that Barry has joined the Dot Hill board of directors," said Charles Christ, Dot Hill chairman. "His impressive operational experience, knowledge of the storage industry and insight into the decision making process of a large OEM, should prove to be a real asset for Dot Hill. I am confident that he will help to drive the future success of the company." Mr. Rudolph's appointment brings the total number of directors on the Dot Hill board to seven, and the number of independent directors to six.