Technology Veteran David Robbins Joins Ellie Mae As CIO

CTO of NetApp Hired to Guide Company's Infrastructure Design and Operations

PLEASANTON, CA – January 26, 2012 – Ellie Mae® (NYSE Amex: ELLI), a leading provider of automation solutions for the residential mortgage industry, today announced that David Robbins, formerly the chief technology officer (CTO) of NetApp, Inc., a provider of storage and data management solutions, has joined the company as its chief information officer (CIO).

In this newly created position, Mr. Robbins will be responsible for designing, managing and assuring the scalability and reliability of Ellie Mae’s data center operations to support the company's expanding software as a service (SaaS) business model. He will also manage the company's MIS, data security and technical operations.

Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Mr. Robbins spent over six years at NetApp, Inc., a company with $5 billion in 2011 revenue. Most recently, from 2008 to 2011, he served as NetApp's CTO, where he developed a program to showcase best practice deployments and business impacts of storage and data management capabilities, and a technology roadmap and adoption strategy for IT systems, networks and storage. Earlier, as NetApp's vice president of global infrastructure from 2005 to 2008, he managed complex systems consisting of highly integrated Tier 1 applications and custom Tier 2 and Tier 3 applications, networks, telephony, data centers and infrastructure. During his 30-year career, Mr. Robbins has held various management positions at Capgemini, Totality Corporation and Electronic Data Systems.

“Over the past two years, Ellie Mae has experienced a four-fold increase in its SaaS user base. As we transition from an enterprise solution to SaaS, the reliability of our system becomes paramount, and the role of CIO even more critical,” said Jonathan Corr, COO of Ellie Mae. “David's expertise will enable him to fast track our IT architecture and infrastructure transformations to accommodate the significant growth we are experiencing and to help deliver sustained client satisfaction. He is an excellent addition to the team.”

In November, Ellie Mae announced that it had expanded its technology and operations team to address growth and build next generation systems. This team will now report to Mr. Robbins.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements under the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include discussions regarding SaaS user base and growth, our ability to deliver IT architecture and infrastructure transformations that will accommodate our growth, and our ability to design, manage and assure the scalability and reliability of our data center operations. Additional risks and uncertainties related to the company's business are discussed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the to the final prospectus relating to its initial public offering and the company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae (NYSE Amex: ELLI) is a provider of automation solutions for the mortgage industry. The company's offerings include the Encompass®, Encompass360® and DataTrac® mortgage management software systems. Ellie Mae hosts the Ellie Mae Network™ that allows mortgage professionals to conduct electronic business transactions with the lenders and settlement service providers they work with to process and fund loans. Ellie Mae was founded in 1997 and is based in Pleasanton, California. To learn more about Ellie Mae, visit or call 877.355.4362.

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Bill Campbell
Campbell Lewis Communications


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