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VMware Names Former Savvis President as SVP and GM of Hybrid Cloud

VMware named Bill Fathers as SVP and general manager of VMware’s newly-formed hybrid cloud services business unit. Fathers previously served as president of cloud hosting provider Savvis for nearly two years, before leaving the company in 2012. As president of Savvis, Fathers oversaw sales, marketing, product development, global operations and all corporate functions in North America, Europe and Asia. He has more than 15 years’ experience scaling global services businesses from start up to more than $1 billion in revenues. He also has significant ecosystem expertise from his years building partnerships across service provider, ISV and system integrator communities.

TelecityGroup Names Two Independent Non-Executive Directors

European data center operator and managed hosting provider TelecityGroup has named Claudia Arney and Nancy Cruickshank the company’s independent non-executive directors. Arney is an active and experienced board member with a strong background in technology and media. She currently serves as chairman of the Public Data Group, is a board member of Halfords and of Which?, and a UK advisory board member of Huawei. Arney’s career includes executive roles at Pearson, Goldman Sachs, Emap and also for HM treasury as director for its enterprise and growth unit.

Cruickshank is the current interim CEO for Weve, a mobile wallet joint venture between Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and O2. She is also the founder and CEO of UK Fashion and Beauty website In the past, Cruickshank served as executive consulting director of M&A for the Telegraph Media Group, global CEO for VideoJug, and managing director of [.tv], the technology channel of BSkyB.

TelecityGroup’s independent non-executive director Sahar Elhabashi is leaving the board to focus on full time on her executive position at Condé Nast’s entertainment division in the United States.

Savvis CEO to Retire; Company Names APAC Leaders

Jim Ousley, 66, CEO of Savvis, a CenturyLink company, has decided to retire from the company. Ousley's role as senior leader of CenturyLink's Data Hosting segment (primarily Savvis operations) will be filled by Jeff Von Deylen, whose title will remain president of Savvis. Von Deylen was named Savvis president in 2012. He joined the organization in 2003 as CFO and a board member.

Ousley was appointed chairman and CEO of Savvis in 2010. He served as non-executive chairman of Savvis from 2006 to 2010. He first joined Savvis as a member of its Board of Directors in 2002.

Savvis named Osamu Numata as country manager, Japan, and Tan Teng Cheong as country manager, Singapore and Hong Kong. Both leaders will focus on driving growth in Savvis cloud, managed hosting and colocation services across their respective regions in Asia. Osamu brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry to Savvis, most recently serving as director, enterprise services sales, for HP Japan. He has also led business expansion through leadership roles with Oracle Japan, Wipro Japan and Information Services International-Dentsu.

Teng Cheong joins Savvis from Motorola Solutions, where he served as director, enterprise strategic accounts, South East Asia. For more than 20 years, he has served regional technology clients through leadership roles with Dell Singapore, Sybase and HiSoft Technology International.

Netlist’s Director Steps Down

Richard J. Char, 52, resigned as board member of Netlist, the leading provider of high performance and hybrid memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets. He currently serves as Managing Director and Global Head of Information Services for Citi's Global Enterprise Payments group since 2011. He served as CEO of VIPGift, a provider of corporate and consumer loyalty and incentive programs, SVP of corporate development and general counsel at Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid merchant gift cards and network branded cards, president and CEO of IC Media, a developer of CMOS image sensors, managing director with the Technology Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, co-head of technology investment banking at Cowen & Company, and partner in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He currently serves on the Board of Iteris.

Telanetix COO Resigns

Rob Cain, 47, resigned as COO of cloud based Internet protocol (IP) voice services company Telanetix. He has joined Adept Technology as their new CEO. Prior to Telanetix, Rob was SVP of Operations at Avure Technologies. He is also a Hale Capital Partners Operating Partner.

Former Likewise CEO Joins Cloud Automation Software Developer to Lead Enterprise

Cloud automation software developer Opscode named Barry Crist, the former CEO of Likewise, as its new VP, Enterprise. At Opscode, Barry will be focused on guiding our enterprise strategy and execution as we continue to witness rapid growth of the Opscode Chef platform among the Global 10,000. Barry was most recently as an Executive-in-Residence at Ignition Partners, an Opscode investor. Prior to Ignition and Likewise, he spent time as an executive at Mercury, now a division of HP, as well as Network Associates (now McAfee) and Apple.

Former CFO of Motorola and Dell Joins Board of Cloud Connectivity Provider

Cloud connectivity provider Macheen has tapped high technology veteran Tom Meredith, the former CFO of Motorola, former Managing Director of Dell Ventures, and CFO of Dell, to its board.

Cloud Hosting Provider Names Long-Timer as CTO

Cloud hosting provider HOSTING has named Matt Ferrari as its new CTO. A veteran executive, Ferrari is responsible for the architecture, engineering, and release management organizations within HOSTING. He oversees all new product development, back office, and product line enhancements. Ferrari has been with HOSTING since 2002. He architected and built the company's fast-growing line of products and services, and has led multiple engineering teams. Prior to HOSTING, Ferrari designed and implemented new technologies and managed strategic projects for the Exelon Corporation.

Nirvanix Names Zynga CIO as New CEO

Cloud storage provider Nirvanix has named social game developer Zynga’s CIO Debra Chrapaty as the company’s new CEO. Chrapty will replace current CEO Dru Borden, who will remain a part of the Nirvanix leadership team as SVP of planning & development, as well as a board member. She will also continue to serve as executive chairwoman of the board, which she joined in 2012 in conjunction with Khosla Ventures and Intel Capital becoming the lead investors of the company.

Chrapaty joins Nirvanix after a long tenure at Zynga where she served as CIO. In this role, she oversaw the company’s infrastructure design, technical and support operations as it developed games for millions of people. Before Zynga, Chrapaty served as the SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group where she oversaw the design and development of Cisco’s collaboration services. She has also worked at Microsoft as a corporate VP and was president and COO of E*TRADE Technologies.

Lingotek Appoints Operations VP

The provider of cloud-based translation management software which is venture backed by Signal Peak Ventures and In-Q-Tel, named Yvan Hennecart as EVP of operations. Hennecart brings more than 20 years of leading strategic planning and implementation, process improvement, cross-departmental projects and business development. Most recently, Hennecart worked for SDL, a global provider of translation services where he served as VP of Operations. At SDL, he also held the position of account manager and business unit director. Hennecart provided executive leadership there for over 7 years, most recently participating in messaging and go-to-market strategy of SDL's Customer Experience Management platform.

WorldHostingDays Parent Company intergenia Names CEO and Other Senior Leaders

WorldHostingDays parent company and German web hosting provider intergenia named Jan-Jaap Jager as CEO, and has made several other changes to its senior management team. The founders and former members of the management team have decided to serve on the Supervisory Board in order to devote time to other unspecified projects. Jager has more than 10 years of experience in the hosting industry. He joined Parallels as VP and general manager APAC and was responsible for opening up and developing the Asian market. He started his career at Microsoft as the first employee in Germany in the hosting division.

Ernesto Fries has joined as CTO. He established his own business, Mesh GmbH, in 2001 and headed it up until 2009. The business specializes in IP and cloud services as well as in colocation. He subsequently switched to the Supervisory Board of Mesh before relocating to Singapore to join Inetpeople Holding as Managing Director.

The new CMO, Mark Beyer, is responsible for Marketing and Product Management. He has worked in the hosting industry for about 15 years and played a key role in setting up and developing Strato AG. He also managed 1&1's expansion into the UK and the US. After selling his company he has now returned to the hosting industry.

From now on Bernhard Vogtland will manage intergenia's finances in his capacity as CFO. He began his career as a tax adviser and auditor at Price Waterhouse. He most recently headed up the Corporate Finance, Tax and Investor Relations team at Cognis GmbH (now a BASF subsidiary). With the changes in management, intergenia will focus on the strategies of individual brands to meet the needs of particular target audiences, and it will improve customer care and service.

Cobalt Data Centers Names VP of Operations and Security

Colocation provider Cobalt Data Centers named industry veteran Mark Hansen VP of operations and security for the company. In his new position, Hansen will be responsible for day-to-day operational issues and for the physical security of the company’s facility. Before joining Cobalt, Hansen served as director of operations and security for Global Cash Access, CTO of colocation company MarquisNet,  general manager and director of operations at the eXchange at 200 Paul, and director of technology at data center operator Globix. In addition to his extensive technology background, Hansen has many years experience in law enforcement and in emergency services.

i2Coalition Adds Two Board Members

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition has elected Jeanine Percival Wright and Andrew Mentges to its Board of Directors. Wright is the General Counsel at Media Temple, a web hosting company with more than 125,000 customers in 100 countries. For three consecutive years, Wright was named a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.

Mentges, CEO of Jumpline, has more than 15 years of experience in the hosting industry, with a specialization in mergers and acquisitions. Mentges has successfully closed 13 transactions to date. He also has extensive experience with storage and infrastructure, specifically UNIX and distributed systems.

Outsourcery Group Names Non-Executive Director

Cloud services provider Outsourcery Group appointed FastHosts Internet CEO Andy Burton as the company’s non-executive director. For the past four years, Burton has been serving as CEO of one of the UK’s largest web and cloud hosting providers, Fasthosts Internet. He also founded and chairs the Cloud Industry Forum, an organization which advocates cloud adoption by driving best practice and educating the market through independent research based analysis. Burton’s career spans over 25 years, starting with Securicor Group where he was first appointed a managing director before joining the Chubb Security Group in 1996. He expanded from electronic security into Information Security at Baltimore and subsequently Clearswift, before moving more broadly into IT and Software Asset Management as CEO of Centennial Software, which he built up and sold to FrontRange Solutions in 2008. Since 2008, Burton has been working in the hosting and cloud services markets, adapting his knowledge of the software development and IT markets to a service delivery business model. He is currently a non executive director of the Federation Against Software Theft, the Cloud Industry Forum and the enterprise software and services firm Concorde Software.

Secure-24 Names VP of Client Service Delivery

Cloud hosting provider Secure-24 has named Steve York VP of client service delivery. In his role, York will be responsible for Secure-24’s client partners, customer service team and program/project management teams, helping to deliver exceptional service to the company’s customer base. Working with Secure-24′s executive team, he will help develop new strategies as part of an going improvement approach to deliver innovative solutions in SAP hosting, Oracle Application hosting, and cloud computing. Prior to joining Secure-24, he worked two decades as an executive and transformational IT strategist at both small entrepreneurial and large global companies in a multiple of industry verticals. He focused on operations and IT transformation at Michigan-based companies, including AlixPartners, Hayes Lemmerz International, CGI Group, and lean manufacturing operations at Ford Motor Company. He is also active in the Detroit Chapter of Society of Information Management. As a volunteer board member, Steve helps lead the mission at Michigan-based non-profit Angels of Hope.

Open-Xchange Names New CTO

The leading messaging and collaboration cloud application provider Open-Xchange has named Richard Landsman the company’s new chief technical officer. He succeeds former CTO Juergen Geck, who will continue to serve with Open-Xchange in a consultancy role. Landsman will drive product and technological vision across the company. His main focus will be on developing new and existing partnerships within the OX ecosystem. Landsman joins Open-Xchange from carrier-grade email infrastructure provider Openwave Messaging, where he served as VP for engineering and product. He has almost 30 years of experience in product development and management within the technology sector. For the past decade, Landsman focused exclusively on messaging at companies such as AOL, where he was responsible for the global mail business. Landsman has a proven track record of innovation, with a history of working at start-ups including Project Slice, Mailblocks and iUniverse, where he helped deliver new products from concept to market.

OnX Enterprise Solutions Names President of US Division

Cloud computing platform OnX Enterprise Solutions named Michael Cox the company’s president of OnX’s U.S. Division. Cox is a technology industry veteran, with three decades of experience including 12 years in senior executive positions at Hewlett-Packard. In his new role, Cox will oversee the driving of OnX’s U.S. sales growth, fostering new strategic initiatives, including OnX’s on-prem and off-prem offerings. Additionally, he will help expand existing partnerships with industry leaders including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle, VMware and other complementary partners. Prior to joining OnX, Cox served as president of Arrow Telecommunications and Collaboration Division. Prior to that, Cox served as president and CEO of Logicalis from 2003 to 2010. During this time, he led Logicalis through six acquisitions and grew overall revenue from $170 million to $600 million in the U.S. Earlier in his career, Cox worked at HP for over a decade, where he last served as VP and general manager of North American sales for the company’s business customer organization. In this position, Cox was responsible for the organization’s enterprise and commercial sales, marketing and support services in North America. Cox’s 12-year tenure at HP also included the creation of HP’s industry-focused sales organizations in 1992 and, in 1994, he assisted in the development of a services sales force for HP in the Americas.

Date Range: February 29th - March 31st


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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

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