30 Notable IT Executive Moves: August 2021

August saw a new CEO at Barracuda Networks, a new president at Palo Alto Networks and a new chief technology officer at Okta. Google Cloud, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services all announced new executives as well.

Security and networking company Barracuda Networks, identity and access management company Okta and upcoming IBM spinoff Kyndryl all saw new C-suite hires during August.

Microsoft, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS) were among the tech giants to make other executive hires during the month as companies invest in resources for sales, technology and partners.

What follows are 30 notable IT executive moves from August 2021.

Sanjay Poonen

Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization and cloud computing company VMware Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Poonen left the company in August.

Poonen told CRN he will join the board of a Fortune 500 public company in the fall and consider some new investment opportunities, but hopes to eventually land in a top operational position in the future.

Poonen joined VMware in 2013 tasked with leading VMware’s end-user computing (EUC) business, which exploded under his leadership — growing from $300 million to over $1 billion in just three years. When Poonen was promoted to VMware’s global chief operating officer role, he helped elevate total sales, put VMware on the map in the security market, and also led the effort in making VMware a multicloud software star by forming a slew of partnerships and deals with public cloud leaders like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Oracle, IBM and Alibaba.

When Poonen wasn’t selected to lead VMware as its new CEO following the departure of former CEO Pat Gelsinger this year, he decided to amicably leave.

BJ Jenkins

In August, Santa Clara, Calif.-based cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks poached Barracuda Networks CEO B.J. Jenkins to become its new president while former President Amit Singh moved into the new role of chief business officer as a result of the new hire.

Jenkins -- who spent nearly 10 years as CEO of channel savvy, Campbell, Calif.-based networking and security company Barracuda Networks -- is a 30-year industry veteran with deep channel experience including as a member of Nimble’s board of directors and as a 15-year EMC veteran, including as president of EMC backup recovery systems business.

Palo Alto Networks said that Singh – who spent three years as president - will now work with Jenkins on large deals and also with Chief Product Officer Lee Klarich to deliver “industry leading” products.

Chuck Whitten

Anthony Charles “Chuck” Whitten had his first day as co-chief operating officer at Round Rock, Texas-based tech giant Dell Technologies in August.

Whitten, a longtime top advisor for Dell while working at Boston-based Bain & Co., reports directly to Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell. Dell Technologies’ current COO Jeff Clarke will become co-COO while still keeping his vice chairman role.

Whitten will join Dell from Bain & Company, where he spent the last 22 years. Over the past decade he focused exclusively on the technology sector. Whitten worked alongside Dell’s leadership team in recent years to help shape Dell’s strategy and growth initiatives.

Whitten began his career at Bain in 1998 and was elected to a partnership in 2010. He has been a member of Bain’s board of directors since 2018.

Erica Volini

Erica Volini joined Santa Clara, Calif.-based cloud computing company ServiceNow in August as senior vice president of global alliances and channel ecosystem and go-to-market operations for ServiceNow’s growing partner organization, which is a newly created role specifically for her.

She was previously principal of New York-based Deloitte Consulting, tasked with leading its global human capital organization, which included building relationships with some of the largest companies across the globe.

Volini will help the company and its channel partners drive enhanced workflow, industry solutions and build a broader community of digital transformation leaders as partners continue to be critical to ServiceNow’s strategy to reach a $15 billion run rate.

ServiceNow said it aims to drive growth by leveraging Volini’s deep knowledge of how to combine the power of technology and people together to help customers drive digital transformation that boosts the employee experience, bottom-line sales and productivity.

Sagnik Nandy

San Francisco-based identity and access management company Okta hired a new chief technology officer and president of technology in August. Sagnik Nandy joined the company from Google, where he worked for about 15 years, most recently with the title of vice president of engineering, according to an Okta statement.

At Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, Nandy oversaw “several critical components of Google’s core advertising business, the backbone of the company’s growth and revenue,” according to the statement. “Prior to his time in Ads, he helped build Google‘s measurement and analytics offerings, taking several products from inception to market leaders.”

In his new role, Nandy will lead Okta’s engineering and business technology functions and help with strategic planning around product development activities, according to the statement. He reports directly to Todd McKinnon, CEO and co-founder.

Thomas Gallagher

Thomas Gallagher joined Tysons, Va.-based solution provider DXC Technology -- No. 4 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 -- in August as chief sales officer and vice president of DXC Americas.

His hiring follows DXC President and CEO Mike Salvino’s announcement in August that DXC Technology has brought on a new slate of executives to “seize the market and build a strong financial foundation” more than a year after it made significant layoffs.

“What the team is finding is that the new DXC story is resonating in the market and new hires are wanting to join DXC, because they see the opportunity to progress their careers with a company that‘s on the right trajectory,” Salvino said on the August quarterly earnings call.
Gallagher joined DXC after more than three years with Paris-based solution provider Capgemini, leaving as chief sales officer and vice president of cloud infrastructure services for North America. At Capgemini, he led “a diverse team of 120 direct sales executives, solution architects and pre-sales bid (managers) dedicated to growing the cloud, cyber security and digital transformation business of Capgemini throughout North America,” according to his LinkedIn.
He served more than six years at IBM on and off, leaving in 2018 as a strategic sales leader.

Bhanumurthy Ballapuram

In August, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Cloud turned to a Wipro alum to fill its newly created role of vice president of customer experience for the Japan and Asia-Pacific region.

Bhanumurthy Ballapuram was named to the position after spending 29 years with the Bangalore, India-based Wipro, an information technology, consulting and business-process services company that’s a global system integrator partner for Google in the enterprise space.

Ballapuram had last served as president and chief operating officer at Wipro for five-plus years until June and as chief executive of Wipro Digital, Wipro Consulting Services and Business Application Services for more than two years prior, according to his LinkedIn page. “

Ballapuram will help Google Cloud expand its global customer experience team that’s responsible for developing and executing strategy to ensure customers adopt Google Cloud and realize business value from it. He will report to John Jester, global vice president of Google Cloud customer experience, whose role includes leadership of professional services, training and enablement, and customer support.

Hatem Naguib

Campbell, Calif.-based networking and security company Barracuda Networks said that current Chief Operating Officer Hatem Naguib -- a five-year Barracuda veteran -- was appointed CEO and a member of its board of directors in August as a result of Palo Alto Networks poaching Barracuda CEO B.J. Jenkins.

As COO, Naguib led “the product, cloud ops, support and manufacturing teams that deliver Barracuda’s powerful, best-of-breed solutions securing our customers against all threat vectors,” according to his LinkedIn.

Naguib joined Barracuda in 2016 as senior vice president and general manager of its security business. Naguib came to Barracuda from VMware, where he served as vice president for that company‘s security and NSX networking business.

He spent more than nine years with VMware and previously spent more than two years with Sun Microsystems, leaving in 2006 as director of partner engineering, according to his LinkedIn.

Dave Young

Last month, Monroe, La.-based Lumen Technologies moved telecom veteran Dave Young into a newly created role within the indirect channel team: senior vice president of strategic sales. As part of the leadership change, Lumen’s channel chief for the last four years, Garrett Gee, left the business. Gee’s team now reports to Young.

Young, a former Level 3 Communications executive, most recently served as senior vice president of Lumen’s Public Sector and Global Hyperscaler business, where he was responsible for the team’s overall market strategy and profitability, according to the company.

Prior to his time with Lumen, Young served as regional vice president of Level 3’s Government markets group and before that, he was vice president of Federal Markets. He joined Level 3 in 2002. The telecom veteran started his career with AT&T, moving on to Lucent Technologies, and then Avaya.

In his new role, Young will oversee Lumen’s indirect team. Current leaders from the Hyperscaler --Young‘s former team -- as well as the System Integrator and Digital Ventures groups, will become part of Young’s new team, according to Lumen.

Young, in his new role, will continue to report to Ed Morche, president of Lumen’s North American enterprise and public sector team.

Mark Hermans

Plano, Texas-based solution provider Argano promoted Mark Hermans as group chief operating officer in August, reporting to Argano Group CEO Chip Register, according to a company statement.

Hermans will continue to serve as COO of Argano company Arbela Technologies, which he joined in 2018, according to the statement and Hermans’ LinkedIn. He will lead efforts to “design the future state operating model, business processes, and technology foundation supporting Argano‘s unique platform and organizational model,” according to the statement.

Before Arbela, he worked at UXC Eclipse for about 10 years, leaving in 2018 as a senior vice president, according to his LinkedIn. He also previously served as a senior implementation consultant for the Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning tool while at solution provider Tectura.

Gila Kamhi

Gila Kamhi returned to Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel in August with the title of chief AI officer for wireless and connectivity, according to her LinkedIn. In this role, she will build an AI center of excellence and a roadmap for various AI use cases in the division.

She previously worked at Intel for more than 20 years, leaving in 2015 as group leader of the human computer interaction solutions group in the perceptual computing division, according to her LinkedIn. She and her team worked in research and development for user experience and technologies using Intel’s 3D camera RealSense.

Her resume also includes more than five years with Detroit-based carmaker General Motors, where she started in 2015. During her time with GM, she managed “a global group that acts across the company as a focal point for voice processing and speech software solutions,” according to her LinkedIn.

Zachary Kilpatrick

San Francisco-based data observability pipeline technology developer Cribl hired Zachary Kilpatrick in August as its vice president of channels, according to his LinkedIn.

Kilpatrick joins Cribl after more than six years with Okta, leaving Okta as vice president of North America alliances, according to his LinkedIn.

He previously spent more than nine years with Juniper Networks, leaving in 2014 as a senior national partner account manager, where he “grew Q1 2014 partner revenue by 150% YoY,” according to his LinkedIn.

In August, Cribl raised $200 million in Series C funding. The startup plans to use the additional financing to expand its go-to-market efforts – including its channel operations – and expand its product portfolio. The funding round brings Cribl’s total financing to $254 million.

Daniel Carpenter

In August, New York-based robotic process automation company UiPath hired Daniel Carpenter as senior vice president of go-to-market operations, according to his LinkedIn.

Carpenter joins UiPath from Boston-based solution provider PTC, where he led go-to-market operations “across the Customer lifecycle of Marketing, Sales, Service, Customer Success & Cloud, with focus on accelerating revenue, improving productivity and transformation of our revenue engine to provide our customers, partners and employees a world class SaaS experience,” according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to PTC, Carpenter worked for more than two years at VMware Carbon Black, leaving in May 2020 as senior vice president of GTM revenue excellence and operations. At Carbon Black, he “led the strategy, operations and execution capability that enabled Carbon Black to achieve record revenue growth, transition successfully through IPO and then be acquired and integrated into VMware,” according to his LinkedIn.

In August, UiPath channel chief Eddie O’Brien told CRN the company plans to invest some of its initial public offering proceeds toward a channel that rivals even Microsoft’s.

Gerald Youngblood

Hong Kong-based computer maker Lenovo appointed Gerald Youngblood as chief marketing officer for North America last month, making him “responsible for driving the regional marketing direction for Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group while growing customer and partner preference across both indirect and direct channels,” according to Youngblood’s LinkedIn.

Prior to Lenovo, Youngblood was head of global brand, consumer and creative services at Ann Arbor, Mich.-based product testing company NSF International, according to his LinkedIn.

Youngblood previously worked for about 11 years at AMD, leaving in 2017 as senior director of worldwide component marketing, social media and operations. In this role, he “led the company’s first global end-to-end component marketing team” and was “responsible for increasing sales velocity by developing the AMD component brand and go-to-market strategy while driving regional execution,” according to his LinkedIn.

Shubho Ghosh

New York-based telecommunications giant Verizon Business hired Shubho Ghosh as chief strategy and transformation officer in August, according to his LinkedIn. In this role, he will report to Verizon Business Group CEO Tami Erwin and lead a team “focused on strategic horizons, growth and business model innovation and business transformation.”

Ghosh previously worked for more than seven years at Boston-based consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, leaving in August with the title of managing director and partner. He led the groups’ “large-scale change work and in the Technology, Media & Telecom practice” and “Marketing & Sales practice for Transformation, Turnaround and PMI work, focusing on helping clients achieve sustainable revenue growth,” according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to BCG, Ghosh worked for more than three years at McKinsey & Co., leaving in 2014 as an engagement manager, according to his LinkedIn.

Shane Stevens

Shane Stevens joined NinjaRMM last month as chief technology officer during a period in which the remote monitoring and management software maker plans to hire an additional 250 to 300 employees worldwide over the next year. NinjaRMM moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Austin, Texas, and opened its new office in August.

Stevens previously worked at Plano, Texas-based Digital.ai, leaving the company in June 2020 as vice president of engineering. At Digital.ai, he led “development teams responsible for Agile portfolio management and DevOps product lines - VersionOne, TeamForge and Continuum,” according to his LinkedIn.

His resume includes more than 10 years at Cisco, where he left in 2014 as director of engineering, leading teams for workload automation and cloud provisioning product lines, according to his LinkedIn.

Mitch Novotny

Norwalk, Conn.-based print and digital document products giant Xerox moved Mitch Novotny into the role of regional vice president of professional services last month.

He previously worked for more than six years at Xerox company Carr Solutions, leaving with the title of director of professional services. His duties at Carr included professional services strategy, business performance execution, developing policies and procedures and managing and coaching project leads and consultants, according to his LinkedIn.

Before Carr, he worked as an IT consultant for more than two years at Japan-based office technology company Konica Minolta Business Solutions and its All Covered division, leaving in 2015, according to his LinkedIn. He developed solution selling skills, techniques and product positions within the management and sales teams, educating salespeople on cloud, managed IT, virtualization, voice-over-IP and other solutions.

Vasee Sivasegaran

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based virtualization, networking and cloud computing company Citrix hired Vasee Sivasegaran in August as chief technology officer of the Americas, according to his LinkedIn.

Sivasegaran joins Citrix from West Reading, Pa.-based regional health care provider Tower Health, where he worked for more than two years, leaving with the title of vice president and chief technology officer. His responsibilities at Tower included strategic leadership for the technology department and managing enterprise architecture, database operations and client systems engineering, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to Tower, he worked for more than 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania, leaving in 2019 as associate chief information officer of infrastructure technology for the university’s health system.

He describes himself on LinkedIn as a “strategic leader with over twenty five years of experience in the Information Technology field with significant expertise in project management, budget management, maximizing system availability, improving service levels, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction, enhancing disaster recovery, improving compliance and information security, and establishing policies and procedures in a 24x7 highly available environment.“

Geoff McCleary

Geoff McCleary joined Paris-based solution provider Capgemini -- No. 7 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 -- as vice president and global connected health lead last month, according to his LinkedIn.

He joins Capgemini after more than four years at London-based professional services firm PwC, leaving in August as a digital therapeutics lead. He also worked at Philadelphia-based marketing firm Digitas Health LifeBrands for about five years, leaving in 2016 with the title of senior vice president and group director of mobile, according to his LinkedIn.

McCleary describes himself on LinkedIn as an “expert source and proponent of using innovation and emerging technologies to create meaningful experiences and outcomes for patients, consumers and physicians, and he routinely provides executive teams with a clear focus on the future trends and forecasts that they need to carefully navigate this rapidly evolving space.”

David Francoeur

In August, David Francoeur returned to Dublin-based solution provider Accenture as senior manager over the CEO and enterprise strategy practice, according to his LinkedIn. Accenture is No. 1 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500.

Francoeur previously worked at Accenture from 2004 to 2006, leaving as a project leader, according to his LinkedIn.

He joins Accenture from Boston-based financial services company State Street, where he worked for more than seven years. He left State Street in August with the title of vice president of strategic enterprise business solutions, designing and implementing “large scale transformational projects across the Bank,” according to his LinkedIn. He led “deployment of technology tools designed to enable enhanced operational transparency and improved end to end process productivity across the firm.”

Before State Street, he spent about six years with Fidelity Investments, leaving in 2013 as vice president of strategy, designing and implementing “leading edge end to end integrated Strategic Planning processes from Multi-Year plans, capital allocation, to execution scorecards using an ‘issues based’ framework as the foundation,” according to his LinkedIn.

Jacob Lehrbaum

In August, Jacob Lehrbaum returned to San Francisco-based customer relationship management software provider Salesforce with the title of senior vice president of Customer 360 product marketing, leaving his role as director of Android developer relations at Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, according to Lehrbaum’s LinkedIn.

Prior to Google, he worked at Salesforce for more than five years, leaving in March 2019 with the title senior vice president of administrator and developer relations. In this role, his team promoted “Salesforce products and technologies to developers and Salesforce Admins world-wide,” helping them “skill up via tools, videos, and content on developer.salesforce.com, admin.salesforce.com and trailhead.salesforce.com.”

Previously, he spent more than two years at San Francisoc-based cloud application hosting company Engine Yard, leaving in 2013 as director of marketing. At Engine Yard, he was “responsible for product marketing, demand generation, marketing communications, web marketing, and other inbound and outbound marketing activities for the Engine Yard cloud platform,” according to his LinkedIn.

In August, Salesforce announced new integrations with Slack under the platform name of “Slack-First Customer 360,” according to a company statement. Among the integrations are digital deal roms allowing sales representatives to update Salesforce records and meeting information from Slack; automated daily briefings in Slack; the ability to create Slack channels for service teams to collaborate on complex cases; direct sharing into Slack of insights from Marketing Cloud and Datorama and Slack notifications connected to Tableau data that need actions.

Swathi Joshi

Swathi Joshi joined Austin, Texas-based tech giant Oracle in August as vice president of cloud security engineering, according to her LinkedIn.

Before Oracle, she worked for more than four years at Los Gatos, Calif.-based video streaming service Netflix, leaving with the title of security engineering manager over detection and response. In this role, she led “detection engineering, security incident response, and threat intelligence,” according to her LinkedIn. She previously served as a senior technical program manager at- Netflix, “responsible for crisis management and maturing the incident response function.”

Joshi previously worked for about two years at FireEye, leaving in 2017 as senior escalations manager. In this role, she managed and solved “most critical technical efficiency and detection efficacy customer problems,” according to her LinkedIn.

She describes herself on LinkedIn as an “information security technical manager with a focus on threat intelligence, incident response, and detection engineering.”

Adam Seligman

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services appointed Adam Seligman vice president of its no-code tool Honeycode in August.

Before AWS, Seligman worked as chief operating officer at San Francisco-based internet applications developer Mozilla for less than a year, working on “a large restructuring and orientation around new products,” according to his LinkedIn. He “launched and grew Mozilla VPN” while at the company.

His resume includes about two years with Google, leaving in November 2019 as vice president of developer relations, according to his LinkedIn. He previously spent more than six years with Salesforce, leaving in 2017 as executive vice president of the Salesforce platform.

Seligman also spent more than eight years with Microsoft, leaving in 2011 as senior director of breadth strategy, leading “Microsoft‘s overall engagement approach to developer and IT Pro communities,” according to his LinkedIn.

Blair Felter

In August, Blair Felter joined Irving, Texas-based Evoque Data Center Solutions as vice president of marketing.

Felter previously worked at Tampa, Fla.-based data center services provider vXchnge for about four years, according to her LinkedIn. At vXchnge, she implemented “business-centric marketing campaigns designed to meet business objectives and increase leads.”

“To meet those goals and objectives my team and I work to align sales and marketing strategies through close collaboration with company stakeholders to ensure our message is perfectly understood and relatable to our audience,” according to her LinkedIn. “From there, we build high performing GTM (go-to-market) strategies and marketing campaigns to convert strangers into customers.”

She previously held marketing roles at OpenKey, Digital Recognition Network and MultiView, according to her LinkedIn.

Bobby Hall

Campbell, Calif.-based voice over IP products provider 8x8 promoted Bobby Hall to the position of global vice president and channel chief last month, according to a post on LinkedIn. Hall’s previous title was vice president of North America channels.

Hall joined 8x8 in 2018 as regional vice president of channels east. He previously served as area vice president of channel alliances at CenturyLink Business (now Lumen Technologies) and as director of North America channels for Unify, according to his LinkedIn.

Unify was a joint venture of Gores Group and Siemens before its acquisition by Munich-based Atos. Atos completed the acquisition in 2016, according to a statement from the time.

At Atos Unify, Hall led “a team of Channel Account Managers responsible for developing and managing strategic resellers and distribution partners in North America,” according to his LinkedIn.

Randy Riley

Randy Riley returned to Raleigh, N.C.-based IBM subsidiary Red Hat in August with the title of vice president of the company’s southeast region. Riley previously worked at Red Hat from 2012 to 2019, leaving with the title of vice president, according to his LinkedIn.

Between his Red Hat stints, he worked at San Francisco-based business planning software provider Anaplan, leaving in August with the title of area vice president of the south region.

Before Red Hat, Riley worked as a sales director at VMware, leaving the company in 2012, according to his LinkedIn.

Before VMware, Riley spend more than six years on and off with IBM, leaving in 2011 as a software sales manager “for IBM’s largest Business Unit, managing 10 individual contributors and partners in the Information software brand selling to Fortune 10, 100, 1000 and Mid-Market companies,” according to his LinkedIn. IBM completed its $34 billion Red Hat acquisition in 2019.

Rajesh Jaluka

In August, longtime IBM employee Rajesh Jaluka jumped to its upcoming New York-based Kyndryl spinoff as chief technology officer for U.S. public and federal markets, covering “government (federal, state, and local), education, healthcare, and life sciences,” according to Jaluka’s LinkedIn. “I am driving culture change and new operating model to deliver managed services with Agile, DevOps, DevSecOps, SRE, Everythings as Code, etc.”

Jaluka spent more than 24 years with IBM, leaving in August as one of IBM’s chief technology officers. Among his accomplishments was streaming “operations by designing a global dispatching system that prioritized the workload for over 20,000 system administrators in 15 countries,” according to his LinkedIn.

On Sept. 1, many IBM employees transferred to Kyndryl updated their social media networks to reflect that change. This was because Kyndryl “assumed operational control of our business within IBM,” a Kyndryl spokesperson told CRN in an email. “We will use this time to continue to test systems and prepare to become a stand-alone, publicly-traded company in the fourth quarter. As we move forward, we are committed to establishing a distinctive organization and culture – flatter, faster and more focused.”

Evan Sparks

Evan Sparks started his new role as vice president of artificial intelligence and high performance computing at Spring, Texas-based enterprise IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise last month, according to his LinkedIn.

HPE had announced in June the acquisition of Determined AI, the startup Sparks founded in 2017. “Following our acquisition by HPE, I continue to lead the Determined AI team as we deliver the world‘s best (open source!) platform for AI model development to users interested in training models at scale,” Sparks said on his LinkedIn.

HPE will leverage the San Francisco-based startup’s software stack to train AI models faster and at any scale using Determined AI’s open source machine learning platform. HPE is combining Determined AI’s platform with its own AI and high performance computing (HPC) offerings to improve engineers’ speed-to-production time for AIto solve business outcomes quicker for customers.

Before Determined AI, Sparks was a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he researched and developed “systems for large scale data analysis and machine learning in the UC Berkeley AMPLab,” according to his LinkedIn. He left the university in 2016.

Manik Gupta

In August, Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant Microsoft appointed Manik Gupta corporate vice president of Teams Consumer, Skype and GroupMe.

“I see a great opportunity in Teams to build upon Microsoft’s mission ‘to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,’ help people better manage their daily lives and connect and collaborate more deeply with friends, families, and colleagues,” Gupta wrote on LinkedIn when announcing his new job. “I’ve defined my career by building foundational consumer products from the ground up and am excited to dive in.”

Gupta previously served as chief product officer at San Francisco-based ridesharing company Uber, leaving the company in January 2020. He led “a team of over 1100 people across Product Management, Data Science & Machine Learning, Data Analysis, User Design and Research, Program Management and Product Marketing functions,” according to his LinkedIn.

Before Uber, Gupta worked for more than seven years at Google, leaving in 2015 as director of product management for Google Maps. He was “responsible for long term vision, strategy and execution for three product lines - Maps Data, Local Data and Google My Business to ensure Google Maps‘ maps and business (local) data is most accurate, comprehensive and useful, globally,” according to this LinkedIn.

JG Chirapurath

John “JG” Chirapurath joined German enterprise software giant SAP last month as chief marketing and solutions officer, in charge of “commercial strategy, product, solutions marketing and GTM (go-to-market) for SAP‘s platform - Business Technology Platform - across Database, Analytics, AI, RPA, IoT & developer tools,” according to his LinkedIn.

He spent more than 14 years on and off at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, leaving in July as vice president of Azure, according to his LinkedIn. In this role, he “led worldwide commercial strategy, marketing and GTM for Azure, Developer Tools, and Servers across Infrastructure, Apps, Data & AI.”

Chirapurath previously served as chief strategy and product officer at Ann Arbor, Mich.-based library applications provider ProQuest, leaving in 2017. He ran “company-wide strategy, product management and business development,” according to his LinkedIn.

He also previously worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, leaving in 2015 as vice president and general manager, running “the Application Lifecycle Management business with P&L responsibility,” according to his LinkedIn.