Al Monserrat, Citrix Systems' former top sales executive, has taken the CEO job at RES Software, a Netherlands-based IT automation technology vendor, CRN has learned.
RES Software plans to make a formal announcement of Monserrat's hiring next Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told CRN Thursday. A spokesman for RES Software, which has its U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, declined comment.
RES Software has been without a CEO since last June when former leader Klaus Besier stepped down after four years at the helm.
Monserrat joined Citrix in 2000 and had been senior vice president of worldwide sales and services since 2008. In January, Citrix announced that Monserrat would be leaving and tapped Carlos Sartorius, who was previously managing director and vice president of Citrix's Europe, Middle East and Africa business, to replace him.
Monserrat has been a popular figure in the Citrix channel and several partners told CRN they believe his hiring will help raise the Dutch vendor's profile in the U.S. market.
"Al is a great guy and getting him on board would be a big win for RES," Mike Schumacher, president of Lakeside Software, a Detroit-based Citrix partner, told CRN when informed of Monserrat's hiring. "Certainly he is connected, but even more importantly, his leadership skills could help take them to the next level."