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CRN Exclusive: Commvault CEO Hammer On CEO Succession, Regaining Mindshare, And Increasing Competition

Robert Hammer tells CRN that he is participating in the search for a new CEO, and that he wants to make it clear that Commvault is once again a powerhouse in the data protection market no matter how much noise the smaller startup competitors make.

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You've been CEO for 20 years. Is bringing in someone new something you are looking forward to?

I'm 76 [years old]. I've talked to the board a year ago, and said, 'Look, I may be 75 with the energy of a 35-year-old, but that can't last. So we outta think our way through this and see if we can get the right successor in here. And it's not just me. (Chief Operating Officer) Al Bunte is a part of this.

Is there any pressure to replace management from the new investors?

It was part of the deal. I didn't have a big problem with that. But they know the risks. There's plusses and minuses to this. And the company has just gone through this massive reorganization, which I think at the end of the day is going to work out really well.

The issue was certainly brought up [with the board before the Elliott Management investment] that it was time to start looking.

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