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This excerpt taken from the VSNT DEF 14A filed Feb 27, 2009.

Versant's Named Executive Officers

        The following table identifies the individuals who were Versant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer and Versant's next most highly compensated executive officer (together referred to as the "Named Executive Officers") during Versant's fiscal year ended October 31, 2008. Mr. Witte and Mr. Wong currently serve in the positions indicated for them in the following table. Mr. Huben's employment with Versant terminated effective as of December 2, 2008. Versant has no other executive officers as of the date of this proxy statement and, except for Messrs. Witte, Wong and Huben, had no other executive officers during fiscal 2008. Biographical information for Mr. Witte is found on page 6 of this proxy statement under "Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors—Nominees" and biographical information for Mr. Wong and Mr. Huben is set forth immediately below the following table.

Name of Officer
  Age   Title
Jochen Witte   48   President and Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Wong   57   Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Thomas Huben   39   Executive Vice President, Field Operations

        Jerry Wong has been Versant's Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since June 2006. Prior to his appointment to these positions with Versant, from March 2003 to December 2005 Mr. Wong served as Chief Financial Officer and a consultant for Companion Worlds, Inc., a privately held company that provided technology enabling instructional content for mobile digital devices. From March 2004 to June 2006 Mr. Wong also served as a financial consultant for Vega Vista, Inc., a privately held company developing solutions for accessing and interacting with rich content on small displays, such as those on handheld devices. From January 2000 to November 2008 Mr. Wong served as an independent trustee for Firsthand Mutual Funds and also served for four years as chairperson of the Firsthand Mutual Fund's audit committee. From 1995 to October 2002 Mr. Wong was Vice President of Finance for Poet Software Corporation and Poet Holdings, Inc. and from 2000 to October 2002 he was Executive Vice President of U.S. operations for Poet Software Corporation, an affiliate of Poet Holdings, Inc. Poet Holdings, Inc. was a provider of object-oriented database and e-catalog solutions that merged with Versant in March 2004. Mr. Wong holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

        Thomas Huben served as Versant's Executive Vice President of Field Operations from January 2006 to December 2008. Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President of Field Operations, from July 2005 to January 2006 Mr. Huben was Versant's Vice President of Worldwide Sales. From January 2005 to June of 2005 he was Versant's Vice President, European Database Sales and from March 2004 to December 2004 he served as Versant's Director of Sales, EMEA. Prior to joining Versant as a result of its merger with Poet Holdings in March 2004, Mr. Huben had served as Director of Sales of Poet Software GmbH. Mr. Huben's employment with Versant terminated in December 2008.

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This excerpt taken from the VSNT DEF 14A filed Feb 28, 2008.

Versant's Named Executive Officers

        The following table identifies Versant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer and Versant's next most highly compensated executive officer (together referred to as the "Named Executive Officers") during fiscal year 2007. These individuals are also currently serving in the capacities indicated, and Versant has no other executive officers as of the date of this proxy statement. Biographical information for Mr. Witte's is on page 4 and for Messrs. Wong and Huben is set forth below.

Name of Officer

  Age
  Title
Jochen Witte   47   President and Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Wong   56   Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Huben   38   Executive Vice President, Field Operations

        Jerry Wong has been Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Versant since June 2006. Prior to his appointment to these positions with Versant, from March 2003 to December 2005, Mr. Wong served as Chief Financial Officer and a consultant for Companion Worlds, Inc., a privately held company that provides technology enabling instructional content for mobile digital devices. From March 2004 to June 2006 Mr. Wong also served as a financial consultant for Vega Vista, Inc., a privately held company developing solutions for accessing and interacting with rich content on small displays. From January 2000 to the present Mr. Wong has served as an independent trustee for Firsthand Mutual Funds and also served for four years as chairperson of the Fund's audit committee. From 1995 to October 2002 Mr. Wong was Vice President of Finance for Poet Software Corporation and Poet Holdings, Inc. and from 2000 to October 2002 he was Executive Vice President of U.S. operations for Poet Software Corporation, an affiliate of Poet Holdings, Inc. Poet Holdings, Inc. was a provider of object-oriented database and e-catalog solutions that merged with Versant in March of 2004. Mr. Wong holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

        Thomas Huben was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Field Operations in December 2005. Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President of Field Operations, from July 2005 to January 2006 Mr. Huben was the Company's Vice President of Worldwide Sales. From January to June 2005 he was the Company's Vice President, European Database Sales and from September 2001 to December 2004 he served as the Company's Director of Sales, EMEA. Prior to joining Versant as a result of its merger with Poet Holdings, Mr. Huben had served from 1998 to 2001 as the Director of Business Development of Poet Software GmbH.

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