Research Triangle Park — StrikeIron co-founder Bob Brauer will step into the role as CEO replacing Richard Holcomb who moves into the position of Chairman of the Board.

In his new role, Brauer will expand his current role as president to include that of CEO, and will now be directly responsible for the management, growth and success of StrikeIron’s business operations. He will also oversee all of the company’s day-to-day operations in addition to leading corporate strategic initiatives.

Richard Holcomb, also a co-founder of StrikeIron, will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of the company as it continues its rapid growth in the Web services market.

“As one of the founders of StrikeIron and with a proven track record of leading other companies to success, Bob is the perfect choice to take our company to the next level,” said Holcomb. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as StrikeIron continues its rapid growth and expansion.”

“This is an exciting time to be a part of StrikeIron and the Web services industry in general,” said Brauer. “With the recent launch of our Web Services Marketplace, we are experiencing significant momentum. As president & CEO, I intend to see that the momentum continues to grow.”

Holcomb and Brauer have both served as serial entrepreneurs for many years and have experienced significant success with a variety of companies. Prior to StrikeIron, Brauer was the founding chief executive officer of the DataFlux Corporation, an innovative database management software company launched in 1996, financed by the Aurora Funds and several private investors, and acquired by SAS Institute in June of 2000. Prior to DataFlux, Brauer was a software engineer with Seer Technologies.