CloudHealth's New CEO Is Ready To Keep Scaling With A Red-Hot Market

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Tom Axbey starts his new job of CEO at CloudHealth Technologies on Monday ready to keep the cloud management vendor's tremendous momentum rolling.

Axbey (pictured) is taking the reins of a startup fresh off a multi-million dollar funding round, with a surging customer and employee base, as well as an expanding partner community.

"To be able to walk into a rapidly growing company with an expansive technology roadmap, with a full balance sheet, is sort of a dream come true. No changes are needed. It's just how quickly can we scale this," Axbey told CRN.

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Axbey, who spent almost a decade as CEO of Rave Wireless (now Rave Mobile Safety), is filling the shoes of CloudHealth founder Dan Phillips, who will stay on as chairman of the company's board of directors.

Axbey sees in CloudHealth a company that has differentiated itself in a rapidly emerging, and increasingly competitive, multi-cloud management market by committing to a channel-centric business model, he said.

"CloudHealth right from the get-go identified partners as strategic, and that's always been part of the business' strategy. Most companies start direct and then want to scale with partners. The whole dynamic of this company is to make partners successful," he said.

That partner-centric approach now needs to be extended globally, with new MSP and reseller alliances around the world, Axbey said.

Axbey led Rave Wireless, a Framingham, Mass.-headquartered vendor of cloud-based safety products, to a recent acquisition by a private equity firm.

Phillips, who's been CEO at CloudHealth since its founding in 2012, spearheaded the selection process for his successor over the summer after raising a $46 million D-round, with the goal of moving closer to an IPO.

Phillips told CRN after that funding was secured, it was time for someone else to take over corporate leadership as he was no longer at a point where he could make the necessary decade-long commitment to overseeing day-to-day operations.

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