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Kaseya CEO On Finalized Datto Deal: Our Job Is To Make Sure We ‘Build The Best Freaking Platform For Our Customers’
Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola talks to CRN about the changes ahead, including the news that Datto’s CEO Tim Weller will be ‘moving on’ and Rob Rae and Ryan Weeks will be staying. ‘Rob‘s awesome. … I tried to hire Rob for the last six years, so we got Rob finally. It took us buying Datto to get Rob Rae to be an employee,’ Voccola says.
Let’s talk about the Datto acquisition. What’s happening to [Datto CEO] Tim Weller?
Tim Weller is no longer at Datto. Tim always did a great job of stewarding the business after Austin McChord, the founder, left. I got to know Tim pretty well during the process. Great guy, a great human being. He [cares] about people, which is pretty cool, which is not very common [and that’s] unfortunate in the world that we live in. But Tim will be moving [on] .He won’t be coming along on the journey. Tim is a CEO, and a very good CEO. Tim will continue advising me and the company and helping the company. He’s been a true pro during this process. But Tim will be moving on. He’s got other things he wants to do. He’s a CEO. And when I say ‘moving on,’ I want to be very clear. Tim and I will be in constant communication. Tim’s going to help me understand everything about Datto. He’s making himself available. He’s done an amazing job as a steward of the company. Tim has offered on numerous times to help me with anything I need or anything the company needs. He’ll always be available if anyone needs to reach out to him. But Tim will no longer be an employee per se. [He’ll be a] 100 percent unofficial adviser.
Tim bleeds Datto blue. He loves Datto, and he wants what’s best for Datto’s customers and Datto’s employees, and he’s going to help me make sure we continue to deliver on that.
Where is Tim Weller going?
He’s probably going to spend a lot of time with his family. Tim’s probably the best person to ask. But I’ll tell you this: Tim is a super-talented executive. He’s got a great track record. Tim can write his own ticket. Tim can do anything he wants. He can go run a company. He can go sit on boards. He can go be an operating partner at a private equity firm. He can hang out with his family, and he’s very close to his family. He’s got kids. He can write his own ticket. And whatever he does, I’ve got his back 100 percent.