INCLINE VILLAGE, NV - December 16, 2013 - Frontline Systems Inc., a leading developer of analytics software including the Solver in Microsoft Excel, is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathan Brixius is joining the company in January 2014 in the key role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with responsiblity for all aspects of product design and development, technology choices, quality assurance, and release management.

"All of us at Frontline Systems are thrilled that Nate is joining us," said Daniel H. Fylstra, Frontline's founder, President and CEO.  "He has a great combination of expertise in analytics methods and algorithms, software technology and engineering, and experience shipping quality software products, ideally suited for our business."

Dr. Brixius was most recently Senior Vice President - Analytics Development at Nielsen, where his team built analytics platforms used worldwide by Nielsen analysts.  Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Microsoft, where he led the team shipping several releases of Microsoft Solver Foundation, and designed and developed key components of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server.  He earned a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Iowa in 2000, where his thesis "Solving large-scale quadratic assignment problems" led to several awards, including the SIAG/OPT 2002 prize for most outstanding paper in the field of optimization.

"Frontline Systems is known for its pioneering work in analytics software and its aggressive product development efforts, with ten major releases in the last five years," said Mr. Fylstra.  "With Nate on board, we'll be stepping up our efforts to democratize analytics, bringing the power of easy-to-use analytics software to everyone."

Frontline Systems Inc. ( is the leader in spreadsheet-based analytics software, helping managers gain insights and make better decisions for an uncertain future.  Its products integrate forecasting and data mining for "predictive analytics," Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis, and conventional and stochastic optimization for "prescriptive analytics."  Frontline developed the solvers/optimizers in Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro, distributed to more than 750 million spreadsheet users.  Founded in 1987, Frontline is based in Incline Village, Nevada (775-831-0300).