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Rob Rae On Leaving Kaseya-Datto And Pax8’s Bright Future
‘It’s just so natural and easy with Pax that it just makes life and the job so much easier,’ says Rob Rae, Pax8’s corporate vice president of communities and ecosystems. ‘I don‘t have to worry about a direct sales organization or to worry about any other type of divisions that would conflict with what my sole agenda is, which is growth of MSP.’
After much speculation regarding his next move, Rob Rae, the former senior vice president of business development for Datto, has landed at Denver-based cloud distributor Pax8.
In his new role as corporate vice president of communities and ecosystems, Rae will continue to improve and grow MSP relationships, provide guidance and consultation to implement new programs and partner with Pax8’s channel team on industry events and community operations. He will also be hosting Pax8’s inaugural Beyond 2023 conference in June.
Despite the shiny new title, a new position for the company, and a new employer, Rae’s goal remains the same: to help MSPs grow their business.
“The ultimate goal that any of us are doing, and Pax included, is growth, not just of the actual vendors but the MSPs themselves,” Rae told CRN. “It’s making sure that we’re all marching in the right direction, making sure that we’re all selling the most relevant technology and that we‘re all ultimately, at the end of the day, growing our businesses.”
Rae comes to Pax8 after nearly 10 years at Datto, which he left in October just months after Miami-based Kaseya bought the company for $6.2 billion, even after Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola said Rae would be staying on after the acquisition.
“It was time to just go and do something new,” he said. “I’m kind of at that point in my career where I’m either going to have to stick it out with them for the rest of it or I’m still young enough, and this channel is still growing fast enough, that there‘s opportunities to go and do more things, try new things and do different things.”
CRN spoke with Rae about his new position, his thoughts on leaving Datto and his continued committment to the MSP community.