On The Hot Seat
Michael Dell, who won a hard-fought bid to take his company private, sat down with CRN in a series of one-on-one interviews to talk about what's next for Dell. Since the leveraged buyout closed in October, Dell already has made key internal changes to position the company for growth as a private company. Dell appointed Bill Rodrigues, former vice president and general manager of global business, as president of Dell North America. Cheryl Cook, former vice president of enterprise solutions, was named vice president of global channels and alliances, replacing longtime worldwide channel chief Greg Davis, who started the official Dell channel program nearly seven years ago. The net impact of these recent moves by Dell on partners, Michael Dell told CRN, is a Dell that is "faster, easier, better and bigger."