So Far, So Good
William Teuber has seen plenty of change in his more-than 20-year career at EMC. And as vice chairman of the company's board, he has helped shepherd the company's ever-closer acquisition by Dell Inc., including Tuesday's EMC shareholders' vote to approve the acquisition deal.
Between 2006 and 2012, Teuber oversaw all of EMC's customer operations, and since the Dell merger was announced last October, he's been in front of customers making sure they understand the rationale for the deal, as well as the mechanics of completing it.
The deal is considered the largest in the history of the IT industry and would create a more-than $70 billion, global IT powerhouse. The closing is expected to happen before the end of October, and according to Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell, it's likely to happen before then. The only remaining hurdle is approval by Chinese anti-trust authorities, and Dell executives have said the deal could close within two weeks of receiving that approval.
Teuber spoke with CRN shortly after the special meeting of EMC shareholders Tuesday morning. He said that so far, everything has gone according to plan, and that he and the rest of EMC's board are eager for the deal to close. Here is an edited excerpt of that conversation.