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The 10 Biggest Dell Technologies News Stories Of 2021

Mark Haranas

Here’s the 10 most important Dell Technologies news stories of 2021—from VMware and Apex to channel partner conflict.

9. Dell’s New Co-COO Chuck Whitten

Dell Technologies hired a new co-chief operating officer in 2021 with the hiring of Bain & Company’s Anthony Charles “Chuck” Whitten in a move to drive “Dell’s next phase of growth.”

Whitten joined Dell in August following a 22-year stint at Bain & Company, responsible for running day-to-day operations, shaping the company’s strategic agenda and setting priorities across the Dell executive leadership team. He is also tasked with setting up Dell’s long-term strategy and plans for emerging markets such as cloud, edge computing, telecom and as-a-service.

“Together [Dell Technologies Vice Chairman and Co-COO] Jeff [Clarke], Chuck and I will shape the future of the company and accelerate the outcomes we can drive for customers,” said CEO Michael Dell when announcing the hiring of Whitten. “Chuck’s leadership, energy, knowledge and humanity make him the obvious choice to join our team and strengthen our industry leadership.”

Whitten, a longtime top advisor for Dell while working at Bain & Company, will report directly to CEO Michael Dell. Over the past decade he focused exclusively on the technology sector, including working alongside Dell’s leadership team in recent years to help shape Dell’s strategy and growth initiatives.

“Chuck joins the company at a pivotal time to give us greater leadership capacity to cover more ground, assess more opportunities and speed decision making to best serve customers,” Clarke said last year.

It will be interesting to see just how big of a public role Whitten will play for Dell in 2022.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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