MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced that Robert Zecha has joined the company as executive vice president and chief product officer, a newly formed strategic position. In this role, Zecha will be responsible for all aspects of product development, product management, quality assurance and program management. An industry veteran with extensive engineering and business management experience, Zecha will drive the development of new solutions that address the data protection and business continuity issues faced by today's enterprises. Zecha will articulate and execute the company's product strategy and ensure the continued evolution of FalconStor's suite of data protection products. "The new position of chief product officer demonstrates our commitment to designing and bringing to market original solutions that solve today's complex data protection challenges," said Jim McNiel, president and CEO of FalconStor. "With his entrepreneurial spirit, executive business leadership and a proven ability to execute, Rob will further our mission to develop innovative technology and promote new best practices that will ensure FalconStor's position as the industry's most trusted data protection partner." Before joining FalconStor, Zecha was the vice president of engineering and operations for Altior, where he led the delivery of compression storage and networking solutions for Big Data. Prior to Altior, Zecha held the positions of vice president of business development, engineering and marketing at SMSC and vice president of engineering as founder of Afide. In 1993, Zecha founded NetVision Corporation and, as president, led it to a successful acquisition by Network Peripherals, where he served as corporate officer and vice president of worldwide engineering. Zecha is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.