PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug 2, 2010 -- Percona, provider of pay-as-you-go consulting and support for MySQL databases, announced today the appointment of Espen Braekken as Vice President of Consulting & Support.

Espen Braekken will be leading the Consulting teams (US and Europe) and the worldwide support team at Percona.

Espen has been in the software and services industry for more than 20 years. He has managed teams at Oracle and Amadeus (e-Travel) as well as at several smaller technology companies; most recently as the leader of a group of agile web developers at Senitel Consulting.

He lived six years in the US and he worked several years in Oracle's System Performance Group. Under Cary Millsap's direction this group played a key role in the move towards instrumentation and sound, scientifically proven, approaches as the basis for performance evaluation and optimization of databases.

"I am very much looking forward to this challenge," said Espen Braekken. "Databases in the context of performance and scalability has always been my passion." He went on, "I think Percona has the most talented team in the industry. There are huge opportunities for independent consulting organizations in this space."

Espen lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife and 2 children.