BMC CTO Joins VVP Advisory Board and the BOD of VVP Portfolio Company PowWow

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2015

Kia Behnia, the CTO of BMC up until the acquisition of BMC by Bain Capital in 2013 has taken on 2 posts with Vertical Venture Partners. Kia has joined the VVP Advisory Board and also joined the board of directors of VVP portfolio company PowWow.

Kia, says “I am delighted to be part of Vertical Venture Partners. The strategy of focusing on vertical markets is spot-on from my perspective; there is domain expertise, substantial IP, fewer competitors and a focused sales message to the C-suite about business advantage through technology as opposed to just technology. I am also looking forward to helping on the PowWow board. In a post PC era, having critical applications available across a number of mobile platforms is critical. Businesses are struggling to move to mobile apps due to high costs and the time it takes to re-factor and re-write existing apps. This reality is a huge problem for the CIO’s and line of business owners. PowWow’s application transformation technology allows a CIO to deploy legacy critical applications on any mobile device in a matter of days; this is very compelling.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Behnia was responsible for leading BMC’s technology and solution strategy for all products including emerging areas such as social enterprise and mobility management and cloud computing management. In 2011 Mr. Behnia served as one of the commissioners for Tech-America’s cloud2 commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2). The commission’s three-month mandate is to provide the Obama Administration with recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and for public policies that will help drive U.S. innovation in the cloud.

Previously, as BMC’s Chief Corporate Architect, Mr. Behnia was responsible for leading the design of BMC’s industry-leading Business Service Management architecture and the critical enabling Atrium technologies. Mr. Behnia was previously Chief Technology Officer for the Change and Configuration products at BMC Software; Mr. Behnia is responsible for the direction of product development and product strategy for the Change and Configuration products at BMC including the BMC Atrium CMDB. Mr. Behnia was previously Chief Technology Officer for Marimba Inc. In that role, he led Marimba’s product strategy and technology partnerships. During his tenure at Marimba, Mr. Behnia was instrumental in the design and delivery of Marimba’s innovative configuration automation solutions across servers, client systems and mobile devices. Prior to joining Marimba, Mr. Behnia served as a senior member of the technical team for Tivoli Systems Inc., which was acquired by IBM. Mr. Behnia has over sixteen years’ experience in Enterprise Service, Infrastructure and Application Management. Mr. Behnia holds a B.A. degree in Computer Science from University of California at Davis.

Mr. Behnia is a frequent industry speaker at industry events and active in participating and leading industry wide initiatives that foster adoption of new technologies.

About PowWow
PowWow delivers enterprise applications from the cloud so mobile workers can be productive from anywhere on any device, such as iPads, Android tablets, Macs, and Windows machines. PowWow does this using a new approach – Mobile Virtualization as a Service – that optimizes existing applications for mobile devices without a port. Unlike traditional VDI, PowWow’s collaborative workspace and adaptive user experience make working on virtualized applications feel native on any device. And PowWow’s powerful cloud services, including instant web-based provisioning and sophisticated integrations to enterprise infrastructure, remove the major barriers to deployment.

About Vertical Venture Partners
Vertical Venture Partners (VVP) is a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies that target specific vertical markets. Some vertical markets of interest include Retail, Healthcare, Transportation, Insurance, Financial Services and Telecommunications. Some technology areas of interest include: analytical applications, cloud applications, mobile, vertical CRM, cyber-security and software infrastructure. VVP also invests in university technology transfer thru an affiliation with UC San Diego, matching interesting technology with specific vertical markets. VVP will invest at any stage of a company’s growth and can help companies accelerate their business. For more information, interested parties may contact VVP at

Oct. 28, 2015 |