CHELMSFORD, Mass., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH), the leading global provider of information optimization solutions, today announced the appointment of Mike Carroll as its Vice President of Worldwide Sales Support. With more than 20 years of direct field operations experience, Mr. Carroll will be responsible for worldwide pre-sales, services, training and customer support. Mr. Carroll will report to Michael A. Morrison, president and CEO. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110711/NE33146LOGO ) Mr. Carroll joins Datawatch from IBM Cognos, where he was responsible for the North American financial performance management pre-sales function. Prior to IBM Cognos, Mr. Carroll was vice president of North American pre-sales at Applix, Inc., a leader in business analytics software, which was acquired by Cognos in 2007. Mr. Carroll previously spent 10 years at Cognos and Applix in a number of senior technical positions. "In prior positions, Mike has played a critical role in driving excellence in customer-facing organizations around the world and his appointment into this new position at Datawatch demonstrates our continued focus on making our customers successful," said Mr. Morrison. "Mike has demonstrated exceptional leadership, deep industry knowledge and strategic thinking throughout his career and is experienced building quality teams in high growth companies. We expect him to be instrumental to continuing the momentum Datawatch has already achieved and driving the business forward." "I am thrilled to be part of a team filled with exceptionally talented people," said Mr. Carroll. "Datawatch is defining information optimization and is a clear leader in accessing and leveraging semi-structured data from various sources and in various formats. It's an exciting time to be spearheading Datawatch's customer-facing operations and I look forward to contributing to Datawatch's continued success." Mr. Carroll holds a B.S. in Finance from Texas A&M University.