30 Notable IT Executive Moves: June 2018

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Intel had one of its biggest leadership shakeups yet when CEO Brian Krzanich suddenly resigned in June, putting the company on a massive executive search as its 50-year anniversary quickly approaches. But that wasn't the only big IT executive move last month.

There were new CEOs named at Palo Alto Networks, Verizon, AtScale, AppViewX, ForgeRock and Caringo. June also saw the resignation of Tintri's CEO as the company faces an uncertain future.

Other companies that saw big personnel changes were Xerox, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NetApp, Cisco Systems, Big Switch Networks, ManTech and CDW. In the following slides, check out our picks for the 30 most significant executive moves that took place in the channel last month.

Brian Krzanich

Intel CEO Krzanich resigned after the company learned of a prior consensual relationship the chief executive had with an employee, a violation of Intel's non-fraternization policy.

Krzanich was replaced by Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan, who became interim CEO. Swan became CFO in October 2016 after previously holding that position with eBay and Electronic Systems. Swan started his career at General Electric.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has begun a search for a permanent successor, which will include consideration of both external and internal candidates. Krzanich joined Intel as an engineer in 1982 and became chief operating officer in January 2012 before being named Intel's sixth CEO in May 2013, succeeding Paul Otellini, who had served in the role since 2005. Otellini died last fall.

Lowell McAdam

McAdam, Verizon's CEO, is retiring and will be succeeded by CTO Hans Vestberg at the end of the year.

Vestberg, Verizon's executive vice president, president of global networks, and CTO of one year, previously served as CEO of Swedish telecommunications equipment and service provider Ericsson.

McAdam, Verizon's CEO since 2011, revealed his plans to retire at the end of the year. Until then, he will serve as executive chairman of the board and then continue as non-executive chairman. Vestberg will take over as CEO Aug. 1.

Nikesh Arora

Palo Alto Networks tapped Google veteran Arora as the company's new chairman and CEO.

Arora is replacing longtime CEO Mark McLaughlin, who is moving into the role of vice chairman of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's board of directors.

Most recently, Arora was chief operating officer of Tokyo-based SoftBank Group. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade at Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, working his way up from vice president of European operations to chief business officer for his final three and a half years at the company. Before joining Google, Arora spent more than four years as chief marketing officer of Bonn, Germany-based T-Mobile.

Window Snyder

Intel hired Snyder as the company's first chief software security officer. She will work in Intel's Software and Services Group as vice president and general manager of the intel Platform Security Division.

Snyder, who worked for five years on security and privacy strategy for iOS and Mac OS X at Apple, was most recently chief security officer at content delivery provider Fastly. She has also served as "Chief Security Something-or-Other" at Firefox maker Mozilla and as a senior security strategist at Microsoft.

Intel said Snyder's work will involve forging partnerships with operating system and security partners for guidance "on the growing complexity of attacks" and gathering insight and feedback from partners and community members to develop "differentiated security capabilities." She will also work with the security and developer ecosystems "to drive scale for security."

Steve Bandrowczak

Xerox appointed Bandrowczak, an HPE veteran, as its president and chief operating officer.

In his new role, Bandrowczak will be responsible for developing and carrying out a global operations strategy in the Norwalk, Conn.-based company’s business support functions, including product and service delivery, customer billing, information technology, global procurement and real estate.

At HPE, Bandrowczak drove the 16,000-strong shared service organization to focus on automation, business intelligence and labor optimization. He has also worked at Alight Solutions and Sutherland Global.

Amit Ganesh

Google appointed Ganesh, one of the driving forces behind Oracle's efforts to become a major player in the public cloud, as vice president of engineering, according to Ganesh's LinkedIn profile.

Ganesh had been at Oracle for more than two decades, starting his career at the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant as a database engineer soon after receiving his Master's degree from Stanford University. In recent years, Ganesh oversaw Oracle's engineering efforts, from strategy to operational execution, for a portfolio of vital cloud services.

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., did not respond to a request for comment on the personnel move.

Anup Ghosh

Accenture hired Ghosh, founder and CEO of anti-virus company Invincea, as managing director of the solution provider's 5,800-person security organization.

In his new role, Ghosh is tasked with fusing together siloed third-party security products and the Ireland-based company's organic threat intelligence capabilities into a single platform supported by the company's own analytics engine.

Ghosh started Invincea in 2009, and grew the company to 25,000 customers and more than 3 million active users before selling the company to Sophos in February 2017 for $100 million in cash plus $20 million in earn-outs.

Jennifer Temple

Temple was appointed as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's new chief communications officer.

A 25-year communications veteran, Temple was most recently senior vice president of corporate communications at Wells Fargo. Prior to that, she was an executive vice president for Hill + Knowlton Strategies, where she worked as an adviser for a number of Silicon Valley companies.

Temple replaces Henry Gomez – a key player in the transformation of HPE – who stepped down as executive vice president June 1 with his responsibilities as chief marketing officer and chief communications officer then split into two roles. Jim Jackson, HPE senior vice president of marketing, was promoted to chief marketing officer last month.

Jeff Sharritts

Sharritts was named senior vice president of the Americas at Cisco Systems, taking over from departing executive Alison Gleeson.

Sharritts had been Cisco senior vice president of U.S. sales for the past four years. Before that, he held a variety of sales positions at Cisco, including manager of channel operations from 2003 to 2006.

"He spent many years in channels, and he gets partners, and that's good compared to bringing in someone from outside," said Faisal Bhutto, executive vice president, enterprise networking, cloud and cybersecurity at Computex, a Houston solution provider that works with Cisco. "His commercial team ran well in the South, so we look forward to him leading the national charge."

Mark Bregman

Bregman resigned from NetApp as chief technology officer as part of a recent reorganization.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said it does not plan to hire a new CTO because of NetApp's restructuring. Bregman joined NetApp in 2015, and he is now "investigating the establishment of a new venture fund to invest in New Zealand startups," according to his LinkedIn profile.

NetApp was divided into three business units earlier this year: the storage systems and software business unit, led by Joel Reich, executive vice president of product operations; the cloud infrastructure business unit led by Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Anderson; and the cloud business unit, led by Senior Vice President Anthony Lye.

William Welch

Duo Security appointed Welch, a veteran of HP and Oracle, as president and chief operating officer.

Welch was most recently COO of cloud-based network security company ZScaler, where he led the company's global sales and channel efforts. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager for HP Software Americas and vice president of sales specialists in the Americas for Symantec.

Welch is among other executive appointments made by Duo Security, including Chief Financial Officer Sydney Carey, Senior Vice President of People Steve McElfresh and Chief Marketing Officer Neville Letzerich.

Alan Hase

Hase, a Cisco and Extreme Networks veteran, was among four recent executive appointments made by Big Switch Networks.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company hired Hase as chief development officer and vice president of engineering, Brant Kennedy as vice president of worldwide sales and Derek Donahue as vice president of sales Americas. It also promoted Dana Aiken to a new role as vice president of sales strategy and enablement operations.

Most recently, Hase led Extreme Networks' campus switching, wireless and orchestration business. Kennedy was previously at cloud application security firm Avanan. Donahue was vice president of enterprise sales at Ixia.

Chris Lynch

Lynch, a prominent Boston-based technology leader, was appointed CEO of AtScale, a San Mateo, Calif.-based startup that helps large enterprises glean business intelligence from massive data sets.

Taking over from founding CEO Dave Mariani, who will now lead AtScale's technical efforts, Lynch, a former HP executive, said he agreed to lead another company because of AtScale's billion-dollar opportunity in an emerging multibillion-dollar industry.

Lynch was a co-founder and CEO of Acopia Networks, which was sold to F5 Networks in 2007 for $210 million. After working at F5, he became CEO of Vertica, later acquired by HP. Lynch ran HP's Database Business Unit, then went into the venture capital arena as a general partner at Cambridge, Mass.-based Accomplice.

Karl Soderlund

Palo Alto Networks promoted Soderlund to senior vice president, global channels after serving as the company's Americas channel chief.

Soderlund is taking over from Ron Myers, who is planning to leave the Santa Clara, Calif.-based platform security giant in August. Prior to joining the company in June 2017, he was previously in charge of the global partner program at Imperva.

"It is an absolutely perfect move because of what Karl brings to the table. He's a huge advocate for us," Mark Jones, CEO of Austin, Texas-based BlackLake Security, told CRN. "I'm extremely pleased with the choice they made."

Shane Zide

Zide stepped down as CDW's cloud computing sales leader to join cloud startup DigitalOcean.

His new role at the New York-based startup is director of global business development, according to Zide's LinkedIn page. Zide had been at CDW, also based in New York, for nearly five years.

The cloud practice for CDW, No. 5 on the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500 list, has more than 200 cloud partners, as well as various professional and managed services. According to LinkedIn, Zide has over eight years of cloud, hosting and IT infrastructure experience working with Fortune 10 to midmarket companies.

Michael Menegay

Tufin appointed Menegay, a McAfee and Dell veteran, as vice president of global sales at the Boston-based network security orchestration vendor.

Menegay, who will work in Texas, was previously channel chief at McAfee Security and Macromedia and worldwide executive director at Dell SaaS/Cloud Solutions. He was also the founder and owner of his own $100 million-plus partner organization.

"Michael has a proven track record of building channel programs and integrated sales and services organizations," Kevin Maloney, senior vice president of global sales at Tufin, said in a statement. "His experience and knowledge of the channel put Tufin in an even greater position to ensure the success of our partners."

Ryan Windham

Windham, a former F5 Networks executive, was named CEO of AppViewX, a Seattle-based network automation and management specialist company.

Windham was previously CEO at web monitoring vendor Cedexis before it was acquired by Citrix Systems in February for an undisclosed amount. He also held top product and business strategy roles at F5 Networks from 2013 to 2016, including vice president of product management and security.

Former AppViewX CEO Anand Purushothaman will continue as chairman of the board and work with the leadership team to further accelerate AppViewX’s growth in the network automation marketplace.

Tom Barton

Barton resigned from Tintri as CEO, interim chief financial officer and board member.

His departure comes as the Mountain, View, Calif.-based company said it expected to run out of cash by the end of June. The company most recently said it laid off 80 percent of staff, including its top sales executive, Tom Cashman, and that it was at risk of being delisted from the Nasdaq.

Barton was appointed CEO at the beginning of April, succeeding former leader Ken Klein. The company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it had not appointed a new CEO or CFO as of June 18.

Fran Rosch

ForgeRock, a San Francisco-based vendor of digital identity management solutions, appointed Rosch, a Symantec veteran, as CEO.

Most recently, Rosch led Symantec's Consumer Digital Safety Segment. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of Authentication and Identity Management Services at Symantec, which he joined in 2010 through the company's acquisition of VeriSign.

"We are thrilled to welcome Fran to ForgeRock as our next CEO. Fran is a brilliant, passionate leader with a deep understanding of building and delivering mission-critical security solutions to global businesses," Bruce Golden, ForgeRock's chairman, said in a statement. "We were deeply impressed by Fran’s understanding of the identity management landscape and his vision for market leadership."

John Sheputis

Sheputis, founder of Infomart Data Centers, stepped down as the company's president.

The company's former CEO, who will remain as an adviser, handed the reins to Phil Koen, who was named interim CEO and a member of Infomart's board, which is conducting a search for a permanent CEO.

The leadership transition comes after the San Jose, Calif.-based company sold three of its data centers to investment firm IPI Data Center Partners Management. Koen was most recently CEO and chairman of Intermedia. Prior to that, he was CEO of Savvis and president and COO of Equinix.

Shay Mowlem

Mowlem was named vice president of product and strategy at Rubrik, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based cloud data management vendor.

With 20 years of experience in enterprise software and product development, Mowlem was most recently chief marketing officer at Mulesoft, which was acquired by Salesforce earlier this year. Prior to that, he held product and marketing executive positions at Splunk. He has also worked at CA Technologies, Opsware and Portal Software.

Mowlem is among a series of recent leadership appointments made by Rubrik, including Chief Financial Officer Murray Demo, Chief Marketing Officer Kara Wilson and Board Director John W. Thompson, who is chairman of Microsoft.

Drew Walz

CloudJumper appointed Walz as chief technology officer and Michael Walsh as chief operating officer.

A 16-year veteran at CloudJumper, Walz was most recently director of platform architects, where he led the company's advanced platform integrations to enable CloudJumper's Workspace-as-a-Service officering. Prior to that, he held several other positions within the company's family of organizations.

Walsh joined the Garner, N.C.-based company after serving as COO at IndependenceIT, which CloudJumper acquired earlier this year. Prior to that, he was chief information officer at OmniEarth and senior vice president of product management for IRISmaps and Envista.

Vincent Fournier

Binary Tree named Fournier as the company's first chief innovation officer, for which the executive will lead a team focused on digital transformation.

The Kendall Park, N.J.-based managed service provider said Fournier's new team " will develop new products and services to meet the urgent and pervasive needs of customers." Previously, Fournier was chief information officer at BitTitan and Attunix. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at Avanade and Unisys.

"The appointment of Vincent to this important new role is a key part of our strategy to define and accelerate the next phase of growth for Binary Tree and continue to drive our competitive advantage," Binary Tree CEO Nick Wilkinson said in a statement.

Ian Whiting

Whiting was named president of Arris International's enterprise networks segment.

With more than 25 years of sales, marketing operations and management experience in IT, Whiting joined the Suwanee, Ga.-based company after serving as chief commercial officer of Ruckus Networks.

Whiting is taking over from Dan Rabinovitsj, who is leaving the company following the integration of Ruckus Networks into Arris.

Rick Erickson

Agosto appointed co-founder Erickson as chief cloud strategist.

Erickson previously held the title of executive vice president of business development at Agosto, a Minneapolis-based cloud services and development company and No. 476 on the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500.

"We are excited to see the enterprise market continue to embrace cloud technologies and turn to us for help leveraging Google Cloud," Agosto President Aric Bandy said in a statement. "Rick’s expertise has been instrumental to Agosto becoming a leading cloud aggregator and top Google Cloud provider."

Tony Barbagallo

Barbagallo was appointed president and CEO of Caringo, an Austin, Texas-based vendor of software-defined object storage.

The new leader succeeds co-founder Jonathan Ring, who has taken the role of chief technical officer to focus on the company's strategic product direction.

With 30 years of experience in growing hardware, software and service organizations, Barbagallo has held leadership roles at Skyera, Clustrix, WildPackets (now Savvius), Groundwork, EVault and Dantz. He has also held management roles at Microsoft, Mentor Graphics, Sun and General Electric.

Matt Tait

ManTech, No. 28 on the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500, appointed Tait, an Accenture veteran, as president of the company's Mission Solutions and Services Group.

Tait is taking over from Dan Keefe, who is retiring after leading ManTech's Mission Solutions and Services Group since 2013. He was most recently senior managing director of defense lead at Accenture, where he was responsible for Department of Defense, Military Health and Veterans Affairs customers. Prior to that, Tait served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as an officer.

"Matt will provide strong leadership in deploying emerging technologies to meet our customers’ most critical national security and homeland security needs," ManTech CEO Kevin Phillips said in a statement. "He has the unique ability to accelerate robust digital transformation, while helping customers effectively operate, enhance and sustain fielded systems globally throughout the systems life cycle."

Matt Selheimer

Alert Logic made a slate of C-level executive appointments, including Selheimer as chief marketing officer and Tim Alguire as chief financial officer.

Most recently, Selheimer was vice president of marketing at BMC. He has also held roles at Deloitte, Compaq and Informatica. Alguire, a finance veteran who has worked in multiple industries, was most recently CFO of United Vision Logistics.

The Houston-based cloud security provider also appointed Sydna Kelley, a veteran of Ascend Learning and Pfizer, as senior vice president of customer success and technology operations, and Sheila Flaherty, a former Demandware executive, as chief legal officer. The company also promoted Fritz Maxwell, Alert Logic's former North American sales leader, to senior vice president of worldwide sales.

Vinit Ahooja

Ahooja was named vice president of operations at Broadvoice, a Los Angeles-based provider of hosted voice, unified communications and SIP trunking services.

Most recently, Ahooja was vice president of customer operations at Spectrum/Time Warner Cable. Prior to that, he was director of operations and vice president at Cox Communications/Suddenlink. He got his start in telecommunications as a sergeant and operations chief in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"Vinnie has a successful track record of running large service delivery, technical support and customer care teams and his experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow rapidly," George Mitsopoulos, chief operating officer at Broadvoice, said in a statement.

Mike Trojecki

Trojecki was appointed vice president of Internet of Things and analytics at Logicalis, a New York-based firm that is No. 30 on the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500.

For the newly created role, Trojecki will be responsible for building the company's strategy, partnerships and execution plan for digital transformation. Most recently, Trojecki was vice president of digital infrastructure at ePlus Technology, where he worked for eight years. Prior to that, he held senior sales roles at NEC, Apptis and Qovia.

"We are already seeing behavioral and social changes from the expansion of IoT. Now is the time for organizations to arm themselves with the infrastructure required to handle the rapid expansion of data," Trojecki said in a statement.