Liquidware Labs Hires Three Ex-Vizioncore Execs From Quest Software


Virtualization upstart Liquidware Labs on Monday said it has hired away three executives from Quest Software, all of whom came to Quest through the company's 2008 acquisition of server virtualization startup Vizioncore.

Chris Akerberg, former vice president of global sales for server virtualization at Quest Software, is joining Liquidware Labs as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.

Akerberg joined Vizioncore in October 2005 as vice president of global sales and marketing and was named president and COO in March 2008. Akerberg led the rebranding and integration of Vizioncore, which is now Quest Software's server virtualization division.

David Feathergill, former chief architect at Quest Software, is joining Liquidware Labs as chief software architect. Feathergill joined Vizioncore when the company was founded in 2002 and developed support tools for Citrix MetaFrame deployments.

At Liquidware Labs, Feathergill will focus his energies on ProfileUnity, software that handles migration of Windows native user data to Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, and Windows 7 environments.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Liquidware Labs also hired Grace Krokidas as its new vice president of worldwide marketing. Krokidas joined Vizoncore in 2006 and left Quest Software last September. Since January of this year, she's been working as a partner at Kro Marketing, an independent agency that focuses on IT startups. Krokidas also spent two years as a public relations manager at Zebra Technologies, and two years as a Field Marketing Manager at Sun Microsystems.

The path between Vizioncore and Liquidware Labs is a well traveled one at this point. In April, Liquidware Labs hired Jason Mattox, one of Vizioncore's co-founders and a 15-year virtualization industry veteran, as its CTO.

At Vizoncore, Mattox created vRanger, software for backup and recovery of data in virtual server environments, and his background includes work with IGC MultiNode, MaxSpeed MaxStations, Windows Terminal Server and various Citrix server-based computing offerings.

"A lot of the knowledge and experience I've gained in the past applies to now," Mattox said in an April interview with CRN. "Things have almost come full circle, and VDI is definitely back to consolidating users in the data center."