LORTON, Va., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of innovative forensic DNA products and services, and member of the SolutionPoint International, Inc. group of companies, announced today the appointment of Michael Cariola as Bode's Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Cariola brings more than fifteen years of industry experience to his new role and previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Bode. Barry Watson, formerly Bode's CEO and President, recently retired but will remain with the company as a Senior Advisor. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120619/PH27111LOGO) "Michael has been an outstanding COO, and we are proud to announce his appointment as Bode's CEO and President," said Bart M. Schwartz, Chairman of SolutionPoint. "His results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in extending Bode's track record of innovation." Mr. Cariola has been a key contributor in leading and transitioning Bode to be a world leader within the community. "We are fortunate that we have the opportunity to promote from within," said Joseph Rosetti, Vice Chairman of SolutionPoint. "SolutionPoint's Board of Directors has tremendous regard for Mike, and is confident that under his leadership Bode will continue on a successful path of growth and excellence." Over the past year, Mr. Cariola has maintained responsibility for the operational leadership of Bode's forensic operations, products, software, and consulting services as COO. This includes leading a multi-laboratory system that consists of Bode's ISO 17025 accredited forensics facility in Virginia and ISO 17025 and AABB accredited relationship testing laboratory in Arizona. In addition to ensuring the quality and reliability of services provided to clients worldwide, Mr. Cariola has driven growth through the oversight of Bode's federal business development efforts, active R&D programs, and software and product development. Mr. Cariola has held a variety of progressively responsible positions with Bode, including Senior Vice President, Director of Operations and Laboratory Director. While serving as laboratory director, he was primarily involved with Bode's forensic casework and databasing activities. During this time, Bode successfully assisted numerous crime laboratories in the elimination of backlogs and Mr. Cariola helped launch several new services and products, implementing new technologies to increase quality, efficiency and effectiveness in the laboratory. These have become the cornerstones of Bode's international offerings and are a significant driver of company growth.