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Bruce Chizen Joins Voyager Capital as Venture Partner

Former Adobe Systems CEO brings digital media and software experience and connections to technology entrepreneurs

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Voyager Capital, a leading West Coast venture capital firm, announced that Bruce Chizen, former CEO of Adobe Systems, has joined the firm as a Venture Partner. Previously serving on Voyager's Advisory Board, Chizen is expanding his role to bring his strategic insight and leadership experience to technology entrepreneurs offering innovative solutions in digital media and software.

"Bruce possesses a rare combination of valuable market insight and senior business experience," said Bill McAleer, managing director at Voyager Capital. "His strong industry reputation, connections and background in digital media and software will benefit our ventures as new applications and services redefine how businesses and consumers engage with information."

Well-known as CEO of Adobe Systems, Chizen transformed the company into one of the world's largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. During his tenure, Chizen tripled revenue and transformed a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry. Chizen also led the company's expansion into new markets, including the enterprise, knowledge worker and consumer.

"I'm very excited about where Voyager Capital is headed," said Chizen. "The firm is uniquely positioned in the major technology markets on the West Coast including Silicon Valley, Seattle and Portland. I've been impressed by Voyager's value-add strategies, as well as the depth and experience of the firm's investment team. I look forward to helping build Voyager's franchise and accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies."

Prior to Adobe Systems, Chizen served at Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. He first joined Claris as founding senior manager and later became vice president of sales and worldwide marketing before assuming the role of vice president and general manager of Claris Clear Choice. Previously, Chizen also held positions in Mattel Electronics' merchandising group, helping grow it to a $500 million business, and Microsoft Corporation, where he was the company's eastern region sales director.

Chizen holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the board of directors of Synopsys, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Elemental Technologies, a Voyager Fund III portfolio company in the digital media sector, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Chizen also continues in his capacity as a senior adviser to Permira Advisers, LLC.

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Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, CloudEXPO, Inc. and DXWorldEXPO, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $200 million. SYS-CON Media was listed three years in a row by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche among the fastest-growing private companies in America. Kircaali launched DXWorldEXPO LLC, a Lighthouse Point, FL-based "digital transformation" events company in March 2017.

Fuat completed Bogazici University (ranked among the top 100 universities in the world) Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree in Istanbul, Turkey. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates.

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