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Former Oracle PR Chief Finn Joins Open Source Rival

Ingres Corporation, a leading business open source database company, has named former Oracle PR head James Finn chief communications officer; Kristin Hollins as VP of executive and product communications; and Robert Swadosh as VP of strategic communications.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA—Ingres Corporation, a leading business open source database company, has named former Oracle PR head James Finn as senior vice president and chief communications officer; Kristin Hollins as vice president of executive and product communications; and Robert Swadosh as vice president of strategic communications.

“This is a team that successfully positioned the major infrastructure players over the last decade during rapid growth and are joining Ingres to broaden adoption of business open source software,” said Terry Garnett, chairman and chief executive of Ingres Corp. “These management additions solidify our strategy to build a world-class company that will scale to compete with the leaders in enterprise software.”

Finn joins Ingres from IBM, where he was vice president of communications for IBM Americas.  Previously, he was vice president of worldwide corporate communications for Oracle, leading the communications strategy around its hostile takeover of PeopleSoft. Prior to joining Oracle, Finn was senior vice president of corporate communications at Chase Manhattan Corp. 

He will report directly to Garnett, who was previously senior vice president of marketing and business development at Oracle.

Hollins most recently was vice president of international and executive communications, and formerly vice president of product communications at Oracle, where she worked alongside Finn. Swadosh joins Ingres from S2 Communications, a communications research consultancy he co-founded in 2000. Earlier he held positions at MWW Group and GolinHarris.

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