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Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola On The Raucous Town Hall Meeting That Ruffled Datto Employees’ Feathers

O’Ryan Johnson

After a town hall meeting left some employees concerned about the future of the Datto culture, Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola spoke with CRN about his leadership style, the way Kaseya’s Datto acquisition came together and his desire for transparency.

[Editor’s note: This article contains coarse language in an effort to maintain the authenticity of the source material.]

Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola relishes his image as a brash executive who speaks his mind, publicly tangling with competitors and commonly using language some companies would consider too profane for the C-suite.

Those tendencies caught some audience members off guard when Voccola earlier this month hosted a town hall meeting to welcome Datto employees into the fold following Kaseya’s acquisition of its former rival.

During the two-hour meeting, a recording of which was shared with 2,400 incoming Datto employees and viewed by CRN, Voccola compared one former Datto leader to a “petulant child,” became irritated by repeated questions about benefits and repeatedly reassured those watching, “I’m not being a dick.”

He also outlined Kaseya’s policy of avoiding public stances about political and social justice issues, a philosophy different from Datto’s.

“Out of everything that people want at the company, the first thing is the culture,” said one Datto employee who now works at Kaseya and requested anonymity for fear of reprisal. “They want it to stay. Kaseya is trying to rip as much of it away as possible.”

Voccola spoke with CRN last week about the town hall meeting and how it was perceived by employees.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity below.

 
O’Ryan Johnson

O’Ryan Johnson is a veteran news reporter. He covers the data center beat for CRN and hopes to hear from channel partners about how he can improve his coverage and write the stories they want to read. He can be reached at ojohnson@thechannelcompany.com..

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