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STEC Expands Marketing Team to Drive New Go-to-Market Strategy
SSD Market Leader Appoints Judy Fujii-Hwang, Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications; Zack Mihalis, Vice President, Product Management and Marketing

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced two additions to its marketing organization: Judy Fujii-Hwang, vice president of corporate marketing and communications; and Zack Mihalis, vice president of product management and marketing. The two bring to STEC their nearly four decades of collective experience in high-technology marketing and product management at a strategic time, as the company expands its reach with STEC™ enterprise-class solid-state storage solutions through a multi-faceted go-to-market strategy.

Fujii-Hwang's background spans a variety of high-technology industry segments, with an emphasis on enterprise systems. She comes to STEC from Cloudmark, Inc., where she was vice president of marketing for the telecommunications security provider responsible for global market penetration into the world's largest communications' networks. Before that, Fujii-Hwang was director of marketing at QLogic, responsible for product positioning and promotional planning for the network switches division. Previously, she was a consultant executive with 3Leaf Systems, a provider of server virtualization solutions for enterprise data centers, after having held senior marketing roles at NeoPath Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), PortAuthority Technologies (acquired by Websense) and Data Domain. Fujii-Hwang holds a bachelor's of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in international business, from San Jose State University.

Mihalis's background is in the storage networking and security industry.  Most recently, he was vice president of business development for the data communications and storage business unit at Exar, responsible for spearheading business development efforts in flash-based storage, "big data" and cloud-based applications. Prior to Exar, Mihalis was senior director of marketing and business development at Brocade, responsible for OEM and channel marketing for the server connectivity business unit.  Previously, he held senior marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard, Broadcom, and Adaptec, Inc. Mihalis holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Fujii-Hwang and Mihalis report to Ali Zadeh, STEC senior vice president, general manager and chief marketing officer.

"Executing on a revamped go-to-market strategy doesn't happen on its own; we need a highly experienced marketing organization in place," said Zadeh. "Judy and Zack, individually and collectively, bring to STEC that essential experience in enterprise systems, along with a unique understanding of global marketing and business development."

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state storage solutions designed for the ever-growing performance, reliability and endurance requirements of today's advanced data centers. The industry's first company to deploy solid-state drives (SSDs) into large-scale enterprise environments, STEC offers the industry's widest range of solid-state storage solutions, which protect critical information for major business and government organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, STEC also serves the embedded and military/aerospace markets with SSDs for industrial and rugged environments.  For more information, visit www.stec-inc.com.

STEC and the STEC logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of STEC, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.  All other trademarks or brand names referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those statements concerning the direction of STEC's go-to-market strategy; the evolving enterprise storage and server markets; and the expected benefit and growth of STEC's sales of STEC's enterprise class solid-state storage solutions as a result of hiring Judy Fujii-Hwang and Zack Mihalis. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made from time to time by STEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations section of STEC's website at www.stec-inc.com. The information contained in this press release is a statement of STEC's present intentions, beliefs or expectations. STEC may change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, from STEC's assumptions and otherwise. Except as required by law, STEC undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date thereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Jerry Steach
         Director, Public Relations
         STEC, Inc.
         (415) 222-9996
         jsteach@stec-inc.com

STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc.
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