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Former Oracle exec joins board at software start-up

The business-to-business software maker adds onetime Oracle president and chief operating officer Ray Lane to its board of directors.

Business-to-business software maker Asera announced Thursday that it has added former Oracle executive Ray Lane to its board of directors.

Lane departed Oracle in July after a tenure of eight years, during which he served the database software giant as president and chief operating officer. He currently sits on the boards of other companies, including Sheer Networks and Marimba, and is a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

His term as a member of Oracle's board was scheduled to end in October, and his name no longer appears among the list of board members on the company's Web site.

Belmont, Calif.-based Asera is a 2-year-old, 350-employee company with financial backing from some high-profile companies including Kleiner Perkins, Cisco Systems, Intel and General Electric. Its Web-based software functions on a pay-as-you-go basis as part of an online marketplace designed to help companies conduct transactions and improve communications among sales agents, partners and customers.

Other members of Asera's board include Vinod Khosla, Asera co-founder and general partner of Kleiner Perkins; Janpieter Scheerder, president of network storage at Sun Microsystems; and Pete Solvik, senior vice president and chief information officer at Cisco.

Asera said Lane will bring operational expertise and customer and partner relationships to the company.