Liquidware Expands Alliances Team as Computing Heads to the Cloud

Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, announced the appointments of 23-year veteran and three times Microsoft MVP, Robert Corradini, to lead its robust alliances programs as Director of Alliances, and fellow Microsoft MVP, Jeff Pitsch, as Senior Solutions Architect, effective October 2018. These appointments come at a strategic juncture, as the company works to expand its Amazon, Microsoft and Nutanix alliances in order to help organizations navigate the virtual desktop landscape, while continuing to deliver a more enhanced customer experience through its additional longstanding and key alliances with Citrix and VMware.

Corradini was recently responsible for crafting and running Nutanix Ready, a global program to validate third party solutions, that equipped him with a skill set which plays perfectly into the extended work Liquidware is doing with AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Nutanix. A creative, savvy technical engineer, he is skilled in both public and hybrid cloud computing with expertise that moreover spans the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology solutions.

Industry Veterans from Nimble Storage, DSSD and HPE Join WekaIO Advisory Board

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WekaIO, the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, today announced that seasoned storage professional Suresh Vasudevan, the CEO of open source container vendor Sysdig and former CEO of Nimble Storage, has joined its newly established advisory board. Joining Vasudevan on the advisory board is Bill Moore, former founder and CEO of rack-scale flash array startup DSSD which was acquired by EMC in 2014, and Randy Seidl, founder of Revenue Acceleration and formerly of EMC and Hewlett Packard.

The appointment of seasoned executives who have led companies to high growth will help accelerate WekaIO's ability to scale revenue and customer acquisition. As CEO of Nimble Storage, from 2011-2017, Vasudevan led the company from an early-stage startup through a successful IPO, and to a customer-base some 10,000-strong coupled with almost $500 million in annual revenue, before its acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Prior to that Vasudevan was CEO of Omneon, Inc., and before that spent nearly a decade at NetApp, where he held various senior executive positions.

Rackspace Continues Build Out of Executive Team

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Rackspace announced today that Mark Bunting has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bunting joins the executive leadership team, led and built out by CEO Joe Eazor over the past year. Under Eazor's leadership, Rackspace is poised to continue its transformation as one of the industry's broadest providers of IT and professional services across applications, data, security and infrastructure. 

"I've known and worked with Mark for years and am excited to have him formally on board," said Joe Eazor, CEO, Rackspace. "His appointment to CMO, in combination with the recent additions to the Rackspace executive team, serves as a signal to the market that we're ready to drive Rackspace forward as a digital transformation leader."


Five9 Appoints Industry Veteran Rowan Trollope as New CEO

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Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN), a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rowan Trollope as CEO effective May 3rd. Trollope was formerly SVP & General Manager of Cisco’s Applications Group.

Mike Burkland, who transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman last December due to health reasons will continue as Executive Chairman. Barry Zwarenstein, Five9’s CFO, who served as Interim CEO during the transition, will continue as Chief Financial Officer. Dan Burkland will remain President overseeing Five9 customer facing functions which include Sales, Marketing and Services.

Zerto Expands Executive Leadership Team with Appointment of Chief Revenue Officer

A new position to build on the company's high-growth partner and customer strategy 

Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, today announced the appointment of Ed Carter as chief revenue officer. The role will focus on leading Zerto's global sales team and building on this year's record-breaking growth.   

Zerto's total cloud and enterprise sales in Q1 2018 have far surpassed total cloud and enterprise sales in Q1 2017. Carter joins Zerto to build on this momentum. He and the sales team will focus on acquiring new customers, growing enterprise and existing accounts and building Zerto's partner GTM strategy to increase strategic partner revenue and deepen relationships across the company's partner ecosystem. Carter will also be instrumental in an aggressive growth strategy as Zerto continues to build itself into a world-class company. 

Spanning Cloud Apps Expands Executive Team to Fuel Company Growth

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Spanning Cloud Apps LLC, the leading provider of SaaS data protection, today announced the expansion of its executive team to help the company meet the increasing demand for its backup and recovery solutions for SaaS applications. As the company continues to grow across the globe and expand its product portfolio, these new appointments will help fuel product innovation and sales growth.

Taps Former SolarWinds Executives to Drive Sales

Chad Savoy has joined Spanning as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, where he will develop strategies to help the company achieve its aggressive sales goals. Prior to joining Spanning, Chad served as Vice President of Sales at Vyopta Incorporated. He has also held Vice President of Sales positions at Datadog, Cornerstone OnDemand and SolarWinds, where he helped create and refine the SolarWinds sales process. Recognized as a best practice in the software industry, SolarWinds sales process contributed significantly to growing the company from a start-up to a profitable publicly traded company.

OpenStack Board Elects Ericsson as Platinum Member of the Foundation

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The Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation has approved Ericsson as a Platinum Member, the highest level of investment and commitment to the Foundation. With 14 live OpenStack deployments and more than 80 customers running OpenStack globally, Ericsson is investing in OpenStack as the platform for edge computing and distributed cloud.

Ericsson is powering global telecoms' transition to 5G networks, and OpenStack has emerged as the standard technology for these next-generation networks. Heavy Reading reports that 86 percent of global telecoms name OpenStack as important to their success, and network transformation is the primary driver.

Virtuozzo Appoints Cloud Executive George Karidis as Chief Executive Officer

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Virtuozzo, a leading virtualization software provider, today announced the appointment of George Karidis as its chief executive officer. Mr. Karidis is a 20+ year veteran of the software industry. He has been a driving force in helping service providers and enterprises harness new cloud infrastructure models to fuel business growth and innovation. At Virtuozzo, Mr. Karidis will focus on leading aggressive company growth and expansion by innovating with new technology, driving new use cases for both service providers and enterprises, and leveraging new channels to market. Today, Virtuozzo offers a complete portfolio of open source and commercial virtualization products, including production-ready containers, an optimized KVM hypervisor, and software-defined storage.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Karidis has established a proven track record of success in leading high-growth businesses. Mr. Karidis served as chief strategy officer and chief operating officer at cloud infrastructure platform provider SoftLayer Technologies, which was acquired by IBM in 2013 for $2 billion. Mr. Karidis played an integral role in building SoftLayer into the largest privately held cloud infrastructure services provider at the time with revenues approaching $400 million. Most recently, Mr. Karidis held the position of president, Cloud Technology Services, at CompuCom, an IT managed services and infrastructure solutions provider. He also held roles at Devonshire Investors, a private equity firm, as well as industry analyst firm The Yankee Group.

Ceridian Announces Death of President, Dave MacKay

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The Ceridian family is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dave MacKay, President of Ceridian. Dave embodied Ceridian's heart and soul for over three decades. His leadership was driven by the strong belief that a company's success begins with the employee experience. This simple yet profound approach influenced all of our actions and shaped our culture. Dave had an extremely deep passion for the company, our employees and customers worldwide.

"Dave was universally loved and admired at Ceridian and in the community," says David Ossip, Chairman and CEO, Ceridian. "The memories and condolences that we continue to receive are a true testament to Dave's character. He had a tremendous impact on us as individuals and as an organization, and leaves behind a powerful legacy of kindness, integrity and humility. Ceridian grieves Dave's sudden passing. He will be sorely missed."

VMware's Number Two, Carl Eschenbach, Leaves Virtualization Giant for VC Firm

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Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s president and chief operating officer, has announced that he is leaving the company after 14 years of service.  In an official company statement made today, VMware confirmed that Eschenbach has resigned from his operational role to "pursue a new career opportunity."  VMware also stated that he would continue to strategically advise VMware chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger, the VMware Board of Directors and the executive team.

Although the official announcement did not specify where Eschenbach was headed, Fortune reported that he will land at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital as a partner.