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30 Notable IT Executive Moves: December 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

December saw key hires at Verizon Business, Rackspace, DXC, Microsoft, Google and AWS.

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A new Verizon Business chief marketing officer, a Rackspace chief technology officer and a DXC Technology chief information officer were among the major executive hires in December.

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

The job changes come during a period dubbed the “Great Resignation” due to elevated rates of Americans quitting their jobs. The number of Americans who quit jobs in November reached 4.5 million, a record high.

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

Milena Marinova

In December, Microsoft hired Milena Marinova as vice president of data and artificial intelligence solutions, according to her LinkedIn.

At the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant, Marinova is responsible for “building AI Solutions from concept to execution with customers and partners” and “delivering on Data and ML initiatives to address global problems,” according to her LinkedIn.

Before joining Microsoft, she was a venture partner at Atlantic Bridge Capital for about five years, according to her LinkedIn. At Atlantic Bridge, she advised on AI investments and portfolio companies. She joined Atlantic Bridge in 2017.

Her time with Atlantic Bridge coincided with more than three years at publishing giant Pearson. Marinova joined publishing giant Pearson in 2018 and left with the title of founder and senior vice president of the AI Products and Solutions Group.

While at Pearson, Marinova “assembled a team of data scientists, researchers, machine learning engineers, developers and learning specialists to found the AIPS group at Pearson” and “created the AI strategy and vision for AI-powered products in education under the Aida brand – the first AI tutors delivering personalized learning with real-time feedback and an AI platform for ML/DL/RL services,” according to her LinkedIn.

Marinova previously worked at Intel Corp. for about six years, according to her LinkedIn. She left in 2018 with the title of senior director of AI products and solutions. In this role, she “led development of pilots and commercial solutions for AI applications across industries, including retail, IoT, and robotics” and “advised Intel Capital on investments in AI startups.”

Tim Bates

Tim Bates joined Lenovo in December as chief technology officer of the global accounts business, according to his LinkedIn.

Before he joined the Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer, Bates worked for about 18 years at automaker General Motors. He left the company with the title of technical fellow and chief immersive technology strategist, according to his LinkedIn.

During his time with GM, Bates led a team that produced “a variety of photo-realistic visuals and animations of vehicle interiors and exteriors, dealer retail environments and products” with “real-time rendering, Game Development engines, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality tools,” according to his LinkedIn.

Bates also served in the Marines, according to his LinkedIn.

Khaled Sedky

In December, VMware hired Khaled Sedky as vice president of engineering, according to his LinkedIn. In this role, he will lead engineering for “VMware’s Kubernetes investments, including Tanzu Mission Control, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Tanzu Community Edition, and open source contributions to the cloud native ecosystem.”

Before joining the Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization and cloud giant, Sedky worked at Amazon Web Services for more than nine years, according to his LinkedIn. He left AWS with the title of general manager of machine learning.

Before AWS, Sedky worked at Microsoft for more than 15 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company in 2012 with the title of software architect. In this role, he led “the architecture for scaled-out machine learning based features in Exchange 15.”

Harvey Gluckman

Capgemini – No. 7 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 – hired Harvey Gluckman last month as vice president of strategic deals for the Americas, according to his LinkedIn.

At the France-based systems integrator, Gluckman “is responsible for developing enterprise-wide customer digital reinvention programs to optimize Capgemini‘s customer industry value chains and their user experience utilizing Capgemini’s portfolio of business consulting, emerging technology services & digital capabilities,” according to his LinkedIn.

He previously worked at IBM for more than two years, including a role as retail, consumer products, travel and transportation leader in support of the spin off of Kyndryl, IBM’s managed infrastructure services business.

Before joining IBM, Gluckman worked for less than a year with Atos. He left in 2019 with the title of vice president of market influence channels for the Americas, according to his LinkedIn.

Peter Bilotta

SAP hired Peter Bilotta last month as vice president of cross product management, according to his LinkedIn.

Bilotta joined the Germany-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider after more than three years at Shopify. He left Shopify with the title of product lead, according to his LinkedIn.

Before Shopify, Bilotta worked at Atlassian for more than a year. He left Atlassian in 2018 with the title of principal product manager lead, according to his LinkedIn.

Alex Spinelli

Google hired Alex Spinelli last month as vice president of product for core machine learning, according to his LinkedIn.

Before joining the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant, Spinelli worked at LivePerson for more than three years, leaving with the title of chief technology officer and executive vice president of product, technology and operations, according to his LinkedIn.

He worked at Amazon for about five years, leaving in 2018 with the title of director of product and technology and global head of the Alexa operating system, according to his LinkedIn. At Amazon, he “led the core software systems and capabilities that enable teams across Amazon and the world to build first-of-their-kind applications and experiences for Alexa.”

Prior to Amazon, Spinelli worked for more than five years at publishing giant Thomson Reuters. He left in 2012 with the title of senior vice president of news and media technology, according to his LinkedIn.

Ernest Jones

Ernest Jones joined Amazon Web Services in December as general manager, head of sales, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to joining the Seattle-based cloud computing giant, Jones worked at Red Hat for more than a year. He left the company with the title of vice president of North America for sales and services, according to his LinkedIn.

His responsibilities included “selling, delivering, and successfully deploying these solutions to our clients across North America with a team of talented and dedicated Red Hatters, Partners, ISVs, SIs, Value Added-Resellers, Distributors and Strategic Alliances,” according to this LinkedIn.

Before joining Red Hat, Jones co-founded and led vVents.com, a virtual events platform provider. The company sold in 2020 to Streamkast.

Jones previously worked at Oracle for about three years, leaving in 2017 with the title of group vice president of North American cloud solutions, according to LinkedIn. Jones also worked at IBM for more than 16 years, leaving in 2014 with the title of vice president of enterprise server sales for North America.

Cliff Simpkins

In December, Auth0 hired Cliff Simpkins as vice president of developer marketing and developer relations, according to his LinkedIn.

Before joining the Bellevue, Wash.-based authentication platform provider, Simpkins worked at Microsoft for more than 16 years, according to his LinkedIn.

Simpkins left Microsoft with the title of director of Azure developer marketing, in which he and his team “led Azure‘s marketing efforts to grow awareness and affinity with developers worldwide” and “built and landed developer audience go to market campaigns and programs that engage developers worldwide,” according to his LinkedIn.

He worked at Accenture for about five years, leaving in 2005 with the title of manager, according to his LinkedIn.

Anita Henry

Anita Henry joined Dell Technologies in December as vice president of infrastructure solutions group engineering, according to her LinkedIn.

Prior to joining the Round Rock, Texas-based PC giant, Henry worked at Raytheon Technologies for more than a year, according to her LinkedIn. She left with the title of global data center strategy and transformation executive.

Before Raytheon, she worked for more than 12 years at Lenovo, according to her LinkedIn. She left in 2020 with the title of executive customer quality director for Lenovo’s data center group.

While with Lenovo, she directed “the end-to-end (E2E) Quality Management system and Engagement model for the Data Center Group (DCG) across $2.5B+ Tier 1 & 2 Hyperscale and OEM portfolios” and acted “as a Quality ambassador for Offering Management (OM) and Portfolio Investment Decision (PID) teams and frontline contact for RFP and MPA contract responses,” according to her LinkedIn.

Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh joined Twilio in December as vice president of core services, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to his hiring by the San Francisco-based cloud communications platform provider, Singh worked at real estate company Compass for more than two years, leaving with the title of vice president of engineering, according to his LinkedIn.

He previously worked at Puppet for more than a year, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company in 2019 with the title of vice president of engineering.

At Puppet, he led “the containerized and cloud native application delivery engineering organization at Puppet responsible for delivering the Pipelines family of products as well as the Puppet Container registry, and the Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise products,” according to his LinkedIn.

He joined Puppet in 2017 when it acquired Distelli, a continuous delivery automation startup he founded in 2013, according to his LinkedIn.

Before founding his startup, Singh worked at Amazon for more than eight years. Singh “joined Amazon in Jan 2004 in the very early stages of AWS and spent the next several years building key platform components that power AWS today,” according to his LinkedIn.

Dominick Delfino

Dominick Delfino started at Nutanix in December as chief revenue officer, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to joining the San Jose-based cloud computing company, Delfino served as Pure Storage’s CRO for about a year. He was responsible for leading and growing Pure Storage’s sales organization and all routes to market as well as defining differentiated go-to-market strategies.

Delfino also played a major role at VMware from 2014 to 2020. He held the title of senior vice president and general manager of the Americas at VMware, with extensive experience selling vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation.

Over his six-year tenure at VMware, Delfino also held the executive role of senior vice president of worldwide sales for VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) business.

He replaces Nutanix’s former CRO Chris Kaddaras, who joined Transmit Security in December as CRO, according to his LinkedIn account.

In addition to his Pure Storage and VMware roles, Delfino’s had a long stint at networking giant Cisco from 2000 to 2014. Delfino played a key role in the leadership team that built Cisco’s data center business, according to Nutanix.

Justin Heindel

In December, Justin Heindel joined Pure Storage as vice president and head of cloud specialized systems, according to his LinkedIn.

Before he was hired by the Mountain View, Calif.-based all-flash data storage company, Heindel worked at San Jose-based storage vendor CNEX Labs for more than five years, according to his LinkedIn. He left with the title of vice president of marketing and business development.

At CNEX, he “drove business strategy, business development, product strategy, product marketing, and product management,” according to his LinkedIn.

He worked at Vital Connect for more than four years. He left the company in 2016 with the title of vice president of business development, according to his LinkedIn. In this role, he “defined go-to-market strategy for Vital Connect‘s revolutionary medical-grade wearable biosensor platform” and “closed the company’s marquee strategic & commercial deals with global market leaders.”

John Hargedon

John Hargedon joined Marvell Technology last month as vice president of the analog mixed signal group, according to his LinkedIn.

Before joining the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, Hargedon worked at Maxim Integrated on and off for more than 20 years, according to his LinkedIn. His most recent title at Maxim was vice president of design engineering for the company’s automotive business unit.

Analog Devices acquired Maxim Integrated last year, according to a company statement.

Hargedon also worked at Freescale Semiconductor for more than a year, according to his LinkedIn. Hargedon left Freescale in 2016 with the title of vice president of engineering for the analog and sensors group.

In 2015, NXP Semiconductors bought Freescale.

Scott Musson

Elastic hired Scott Musson in December as vice president of strategic partnerships, according to his LinkedIn.

Before Musson joined the Mountain View, Calif.-based search company, he was a vice president at Cloudera for more than a year, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to Cloudera, Musson worked at Red Hat for more than seven years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company in 2020 with the title of vice president of global strategic alliances.

Musson also worked at VMware for more than seven years, according to his LinkedIn. He left in 2013 with the title of senior director of global strategic alliances. In this role, Musson was “Responsible for all VMware strategy, products and alliances with VMware‘s OEM partners - IBM, Dell, NetApp, Fujitsu, NEC, Hitachi, Acer, Bull.”

Rod Johnson

Rod Johnson returned to Oracle in December, taking on the title of executive vice president of applications sales and consulting for North America, according to his LinkedIn.

Johnson previously worked at the Austin, Texas-based database and cloud computing giant for more than 11 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left in 2018 with the title of senior vice president of enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM) and supply chain management (SCM) enterprise sales for North America. The business had more than 5,000 customers at the time.

Johnson returns to Oracle from Infor. Johnson left Info with the title of global president and chief revenue officer, according to his LinkedIn. In this role, he was in charge of “value and better business outcomes” for the company’s 68,000 customers worldwide.

Yogesh Badwe

Druva hired Yogesh Badwe as chief security officer last month, according to his LinkedIn.

In this role with the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based data protection and management software provider, Badwe “will oversee all facets of Druva’s cybersecurity posture and will be responsible for enhancing the company‘s security strategy and driving new initiatives to improve cyber and data resilience through the Druva Data Resiliency Cloud,” according to a company statement.

He came to Druva from Okta, where he worked for more than seven years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company with the title of senior director of information security.

Before Okta, Badwe worked at Salesforce for about four years. He left the company in 2014. During his time with Salesforce, he would “Design, Implement, Evangelize and Operationalize Secure SDLC and Library review process” and provided “security of Enterprise Applications on the AppExchange Marketplace and its supporting technology stack,” according to his LinkedIn.

In 2021, Druva raised $147 million in new funding.

Daniele Hayes

In December, Daniele Hayes joined Cisco as vice president of tools and automation, according to her LinkedIn.

She came to the San Jose-based telecommunications giant after more than 17 years with IBM, according to her LinkedIn. She left IBM with the title of vice president of systems and tools.

She was responsible for “creating a productive environment for IBMers by focusing on enabling a modern computing environment employees need to do great work” and “integrating productivity and development applications needed across the enterprise, enabling quote to cash, financing, HR IT, in addition to the management of workstations (Windows, Linux, Mac) and employee mobility (iOS and Android),” according to her LinkedIn.

Volker Metten

Last month, Salesforce subsidiary Tableau hired Volker Metten as vice president of product management, according to his LinkedIn.

At Tableau, he is “growing and leading a team of customer obsessed product managers for Tableau Data Management, helping companies to better manage their data,” according to his LinkedIn.

Metten previously worked at Amazon for more than 17 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company with the title of director of product management for Amazon Web Services data center automation. In this role, he led a team of product managers, business intelligence engineers and user experience designers to build “applications that enable AWS to scale operations while improving security, safety, and productivity.”

His team collected and processed “data on how each AWS infrastructure component is performing, and provide appropriate alarms, work requests or status reports to guide our AWS Operations teams to perform the correct actions” and owned “services that ensure that only workers with the right qualifications are chosen to complete work and provide clear, step-by-step directions and process controls through workflows,” according to his LinkedIn.

Angelo Pinto

Angelo Pinto joined Intel in December as vice president of external manufacturing production, according to his LinkedIn.

In this role with Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, Pinto “drives the effort to build the best infrastructure and lead a global team responsible for foundry and OSAT manufacturing operations excellence and yield improvement,” according to his LinkedIn.

Pinto came to Intel from Qualcomm, where he worked for more than 14 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left Qualcomm with the title of senior director of technology, head of design technology co-optimization (DTCO) and test chip group.

He worked at Texas Instruments for more than a year in a research and development role, leaving in 2007, according to his LinkedIn.

Ram Ramachandran

In December, Sriraman “Ram” Ramachandran joined Insight – No. 14 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 – as vice president of sales operations, according to his LinkedIn.

Ramachandran came to the Tempe, Ariz.-based company after more than three years with VMware, according to his LinkedIn. He left VMware with the title of senior director of worldwide partner sales strategy.

In this role, he “led the build out of a central Sales Strategy & Planning function that covered all VMware Partner RTMs (~10B in bookings)” and was “instrumental in scaling through Partners to further VMware‘s SaaS/Subscription transformation goals,” according to his LinkedIn.

He worked at Dell Technologies on and off for more than six years, according to his LinkedIn. He left Dell in 2018 with the title of director of global distribution sales strategy and planning. In this role, he led the “Sales Strategy and Planning function for Dell‘s $ 4.5B/yr Global 3 Distribution business” and “built the Sales planning function for Disti business, that defined financial/sales targets, managed sales quota, drove bookings growth through best of the breed Pipeline/Forecasting processes and analytics driven insights.”

He also “executed multiple Channel GTM transformation initiatives including Dell’s Channel Incumbency program, Disti plays and distribution based procurement vehicle to purchase VMware solutions,” according to his LinkedIn.

Mourad Aberbour

Advanced Micro Devices hired Mourad Aberbour in December as corporate vice president of engineering, according to his LinkedIn.

Before joining the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, Aberbour worked at Intel Corp. for more than 11 years, according to his LinkedIn. In his last role with Intel, he was “responsible for End to End execution of a full portfolio of >1300 engineering organization delivering IPs, SoC and technologies fuelling Intel products” and delivered “a full IP portfolio in an efficient budget while managing resources allocation, skillset, people processes and initiatives.”

He worked at Texas Instruments for more than nine years before joining Intel, according to his LinkedIn. He left TI in 2010 with the title of director of mobile phone system-on-chip intellectual property development.

Chitresh Sen

Chitresh Sen joined Tech Mahindra last month as vice president of the cybersecurity practice for the Americas, according to his LinkedIn. He is “responsible for the overall strategy, brand building, and growth of TechM ESRM America‘s business.”

He came to the India-based systems integrator from Wipro, where he worked for more than 16 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company with the title of practice director and sales head for cybersecurity and risk services for the Americas consumer business unit.

In this role, Sen would “envision, chart, and pace implementation of Cybersecurity and Risk Services (CRS) practice strategy to outperform targeted sales, service, and revenue objectives” and displace “incumbents and competition to secure new logos and win multimillion-dollar multiyear total security outsourcing deals,” according to his LinkedIn.

Lester Lam

HCL Technologies hired Lester Lam in December as executive vice president of digital consulting, according to his LinkedIn.

He joined the India–based systems integrator from DXC Technology, where he served as global leader of digital solutioning and Americas solutioning, according to his LinkedIn. He “was brought in to establish global pre-sales organization for digital business driving transformation through leveraging modern technologies such as AI, ML, IoT, interactive and digital engineering” and worked on “digital client engagements by partnering with global sales organization.”

Before DXC, Lam worked at Cognizant for more than five years. He left the company in 2019 with the title of vice president and global leader of strategy consulting.

At Cognizant, he was “recruited to co-build and oversee digital strategy management consulting practice across North America, UK&I, continental Europe, India and the Middle East, ASEAN and ANZ” and “supported retail, consumer goods, life sciences, healthcare, insurance, media and entertainment clients throughout their digital journey, from solution strategy and design to build, deployment and operation,” according to his LinkedIn.

Sarin Sudheeran

In December, Sarin Sudheeran joined CGI – No. 11 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 – as vice president of consulting services, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to joining the Montreal-based systems integrator, Sudheeran worked at Cognizant for more than two years, according to LinkedIn. He left with the title of regional sales leader for banking and financial services.

In this role, he was “responsible for managing relationship with strategic BFS clients with overall BoB of $95M” and “business planning and development, defining and executing sales strategies, building senior leadership connects across customer organization,” according to his LinkedIn.

Before Cognizant, Sudheeran worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for more than 13 years, according to his LinkedIn. He left in 2019 with the title of business relationship manager. In this role, he was “responsible for strategic relationship, program/portfolio management, business growth as well as account operations for multiple Lines of Business” and would “partner with customer IT/Business stakeholders to build long-term vision and provide innovative solutions for Business/IT Transformation and Modernization.”

Iris Meijer

Last month, Iris Meijer joined Verizon Business as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of commercial operations, according to her LinkedIn.

She came to the Basking Ridge, N.J.-based networking and communications giant from Vodafone Business, according to her LinkedIn. She left Vodafone with the title of global chief marketing officer.

Before Vodafone, she worked at Nokia for about nine years, according to her LinkedIn. She left the company in 2018 with the title of vice president of customer marketing and communications.

In this role, she was “responsible for regional marketing and communications, Account Based Marketing, Operator Business Strategies, cross-portfolio marketing, digital marketing transformation as well as Enterprise and Public Sector marketing and communications,” according to her LinkedIn.

Jeremy Wood

Advizex – a member of CRN’s 2021 Managed Service Provider 500 – hired Jeremy Wood in December as chief transformation officer, according to his LinkedIn.

At the Independence, Ohio-based MSP, he is responsible for harnessing “organizational change to drive net new growth” and “growing key partner relationships to help drive Advizex’s infrastructure, managed services and cybersecurity practices,” according to Advizex.

He previously worked at ComDoc and Xerox for about 18 years, according to Advizex. He “most recently held the role of Regional President of Xerox Business Solutions & ComDoc, where he was responsible for all company sales and operations.”

Wood started at ComDoc in 2003 as a major account manager, according to his LinkedIn.

Olli Junnila

Qualcomm hired Olli Junnila in December as vice president of sales of infrastructure and mobile broadband, according to his LinkedIn.

Junnila joined the San Diego-based chipmaker from Nokia, leaving with the title of chief technology officer for AT&T at Nokia customer operations.

In this role, he drove “Nokia Engineering and Partnering teams with AT&T Technology vision and roadmaps to ensure right product decisions,” according to his LinkedIn.

He previously worked at Microsoft for about two years, according to his LinkedIn. He left Microsoft in 2016 with the title of senior director and senior channel sales executive of AT&T sales. In this role, Junnila “managed Sales, Operations, Enterprise deals, Customer Roadmaps and C-Level relationships with AT&T” and grew the “Windows phone Prepaid category from 0 to 40% with Cricket (AT&T Prepaid brand).”

Srini Koushik

Srini Koushik joined Rackspace Technology in December as chief technology officer, according to his LinkedIn.

At the San Antonio, Texas-based cloud computing company, he “is responsible for technical strategy, product strategy, thought leadership and content marketing,” according to Rackspace’s website.

Before Rackspace, Koushik worked at IBM for more than a year, according to his LinkedIn. He was vice president, general manager and global leader for hybrid cloud advisory services, working with chief information officers on hybrid cloud strategy.

Koushik worked at Magellan Health for more than four years, according to his LinkedIn. He left in 2020 with the title of chief information officer and chief technology officer.

During his time with Magellan, he helped to double the company’s revenue, according to Rackspace.

His resume also includes time as general manager and global practice leader of strategic enterprise services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, according to LinkedIn. He left HPE in 2012 after about two years with the company, during which he “led a global team that delivered revenue growth of 35% over 2 years and a gross margin of 16% by developing and implementing global consulting practices and offerings for Strategic Enterprise Services focusing on Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Mobile Computing.”

Kristie Grinnell

DXC Technology – No. 4 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 – hired Kristie Grinnell in December as senior vice president and chief information officer, according to her LinkedIn.

Grinnell will report to her predecessor, Chris Drumgoole, who was promoted to chief operating officer of the Ashburn, Va.-based systems integrator in August, according to a company statement.

Grinnell “will lead global IT strategy and operations, responsible for integrating and streamlining systems, implementing new digital capabilities to improve performance and efficiency, and ensuring the stability of DXC’s global IT infrastructure, all with the goal of enabling the company to provide superior service and innovation to its customers worldwide,” according to the statement.

She previously worked at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) – No. 13 on CRN’s list – according to her LinkedIn. She left with the title of global CIO and chief supply chain officer.

Before GDIT, Grinnell worked at Computer Sciences Corp. – a predecessor of DXC – for more than a year. She left CSC in 2015 with the title of director of IT planning and governance. Her responsibilities included “strategic planning, governance, financial management and the IT PMO,” according to her LinkedIn.

Grinnell also worked at PwC for more than 14 years, according to her LinkedIn. She left PwC in 2013 with the title of IT strategy and planning leader. In this role, she had “direct development of PwC global IT strategic plan of $1.3 Billion IT spend including multi-year IT portfolios, communications and change management, governance, process, and financing reporting to the Global CIO.”

Gerardo Dada

Keeper Security hired Gerardo Dada last month as chief marketing officer, according to his LinkedIn.

Dada joined the Chicago-based cybersecurity company from DataCore Software, where he worked for more than three years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software-defined storage company with the title of chief marketing officer.

He helped to guide the company through its recent acquisition of software-defined object storage technology developer Caringo.

Before DataCore, he worked for more than four years at SolarWinds, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company in 2018 with the title of vice president of product marketing and strategy. During his time at SolarWinds, Dada “launched the Orion platform, positioned SolarWinds as the experts in Monitoring, championed Backup technology into a core product, and accelerated the core business evolution to the cloud.”

Dada previously worked at Rackspace for about three years, according to his LinkedIn. He left the company in 2014 with the title of digital lead for services, solutions and technical marketing.

In this role, Dada led “the technical marketing team at the core of our content marketing strategy, producing roadmaps, webinars, white papers, blog posts, benchmarks and other materials including market intelligence, our competitive strategy and compete materials for sales teams” and built “a digital experience practice at Rackspace to serve customers looking for digital platforms: commerce, mobile, content management & media mainly by co-selling with software and SI channel partners,” according to his LinkedIn.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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