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30 Notable IT Executive Moves: September 2018

A handful of Oracle veterans made big moves in the IT world last month, but none were as notable as the departure of a longtime Oracle executive who focused on cloud strategy.

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Big Departure At Oracle

A handful of Oracle veterans made big moves in the IT world last month, but none were as notable as the departure of Thomas Kurian, a longtime executive focused on Oracle's cloud transformation strategy.

Then there was Verizon's confirmation that Tim Armstrong, the former AOL CEO, was stepping down as CEO of Verizon subsidiary Oath. But a slew of companies announced new CEOs, including Equinix, CDW and StackRox.

Other major personnel moves in September included executives at Intel, Mimecast, Cisco Systems and Xerox. In the following slides, check out our picks for the 30 most significant executive moves that took place in the channel last month.


Tim Armstrong

Verizon announced that Armstrong, CEO of its digital media and advertising subsidiary Oath, was stepping down at the end of the month.

Guru Gowrappan, who previously served as Oath’s president and COO since, assumed all management responsibilities as CEO of Oath, effective Oct. 1, according to a statement released by Verizon. He will report directly to new CEO Hans Vestberg, Verizon's former president of global networks and CTO.

Armstrong came to Verizon in 2015 by way of acquisition when the Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier scooped up AOL for $4.4 billion. Armstrong was also instrumental in helping the carrier buy Yahoo in 2017 for $4.48 billion. Armstrong, AOL's former CEO, was named CEO of the Verizon Oath business unit, which was comprised of Verizon's digital content businesses, including its AOL and Yahoo properties.


Thomas Kurian

Kurian, Oracle's president and product leader responsible for the Redwood City, Calif.-based software giant's cloud transformation strategy, resigned at the end of the month.

The 22-year Oracle veteran's resignation came several weeks after he informed staff that he was taking "extended time-off." Following his note to staff, an Oracle spokesperson told CRN that the company expected him "to return soon" — a statement that was echoed by Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd.

A former Oracle employee told CRN that Kurian had been at odds with Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison over disagreements in Oracle's larger cloud strategy, as well as how to address technical challenges resulting in migrating Oracle's ERP applications to its second-generation cloud infrastructure.


Charles Meyers

Longtime tech leader and eight-year Equinix executive Meyers was appointed president and CEO of Equinix. The announcement came eight months after the sudden resignation of former CEO Steve Smith, which Equinix said was due to Smith "exercising poor judgment with respect to an employee matter."

In his new capacity with Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix, Meyers is taking over for interim CEO Peter Van Camp, who has been filling in since January 2018. Van Camp is resuming his role as executive chairman of the Equinix board of directors, according to the company.

Meyers has been with Equinix since 2010, most recently serving as president of strategy, services and innovation. Prior to that, Meyers sat in the chief operating officer seat and served as president of the Americas, the company's largest operating region.

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