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VMware Appoints CFO Jonathan Chadwick as Co-COO; Promotes Other Senior Execs

VMware appointed CFO Jonathan Chadwick, 48, to the expanded role of COO. Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s President and COO is also taking on an expanded role within VMware, with the addition of the Corporate Strategy and Business Development function moving into his organization. Chadwick and Eschenbach will share the office of COO.

Chadwick joined VMware as CFO and EVP since late 2012. Previously, he had been CFO of Skype and a Corporate VP of Microsoft since its acquisition of Skype in 2011. Chadwick joined Skype from McAfee, where he was the EVP and CFO, till McAfee was acquired by Intel. At Cisco, he served as SVP, CFO - Global Customer Markets; SVP, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer; VP, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer; and VP, Corporate Finance & Planning. Chadwick currently serves on the board of F5 Networks.

In addition to the expanded roles of Eschenbach and Chadwick, VMware promoted three executives:

Betsy Sutter has been promoted to Corporate SVP and Chief People Officer. Betsy Sutter joined VMware in 2001 and has led all aspects of VMware's people strategies, bringing more than 25 years of HR leadership. Prior to VMware, Sutter held senior management roles at Silicon Gaming, Aehr Test Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation, GE and Intersil.

Bill Fathers has been promoted to EVP and GM of the Hybrid Cloud Services BU. Fathers joined VMware as SVP and GM of the Hybrid Cloud Services BU in March 2013. Before VMware, he served as president of Savvis, SVP and global head of sales and marketing, overseeing Savvis' global strategic business direction as well as the company's sales execution, product development and go-to-market initiatives.

Martin Casado, fellow and CTO, Networking, will take on the leadership of the Networking and Security BU as SVP and GM. Casado, one of the inventors of software-defined networking, was co-founder of Nicira, a company acquired by VMware in 2012. He has been a key driver in helping build VMware NSX, the company’s network virtualization platform, to become the $100 million and growing VMware business it is today.

Casado replaces Steve Mullaney, who, after successfully leading the integration of Nicira into VMware, has decided to leave the company.

Google Appoints Recently Resigned Red Hat CTO as VP, Cloud Platforms 

Brian Stevens, 50, who stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat recently, has joined Google to lead its cloud platforms as VP. Stevens had been with Red Hat since 2001. Stevens served as the CTO and VP of Engineering of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Before joining the company, he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital's UNIX operating system.

Stevens was a developer of the first commercial release of X Window System, as part of Project Athena, a joint venture of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Digital Equipment Corporation. He is a former board member of Pentaho, DataGravity and OpenStack Foundation. He is also former Board Member IEEE Computer Society, and former NH Board Member at American Red Cross.

Rackspace’s President Becomes CEO

Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, appointed its President Taylor Rhodes, 43, as its CEO. He retains his previous role as president. Earlier, Rhodes served as SVP and MD, International, and helped launch Rackspace Enterprise Services, a business unit that accelerated the company's expansion of services to larger customers. Rhodes joined the company in 2007 to lead the business unit responsible for delivering Fanatical Support. Before that, Rhodes worked at EDS managing end-to-end relationships with large global customers. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer.

Rhodes replaces co-founder, CEO and Chairman Graham Weston, 50, the company’s largest shareholder who stepped in following the unexpected departure of A. Lanham Napier earlier this year. Weston now is non-executive chairman of the board.

Benefitfocus Adds former Rackspace CEO and Alfresco Software’s CEO to Board

A. Lanham Napier, 43, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting till early 2014, and Alfresco Software’s Douglas Dennerline, 52, has joined the board of Benefitfocus, a provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions. At various times during his 14 years at Rackspace, Napier served in other capacities at Rackspace, including as its President, CFO, and member of its board. Prior to that, he was an analyst of Merrill Lynch.

Dennerline is currently CEO of Alfresco Software, an open source content management company. Prior to that, he served as President and a director of SuccessFactors, and EVP of Sales, Americas and EMEA for Salesforce.

RigNet Appoints CIO with Global Experience 

Network infrastructure provider RigNet named Sheldon Mundle as VP and CIO. Most recently, he was SVP and CIO at BTC (a Cable & Wireless Telecom company). Mundle also worked as an independent consultant in the USA and Caribbean. He served as VP and Solution Delivery Architect at BofA, Senior Manager at BearingPoint, Data Architect at Siebel, Enterprise Architect and Senior Project Manager at IBM, and Senior Consultant at Capgemini.

Former IBM and Blueprint Software Systems Exec to Lead Technology Initiatives at EHR Software Company

Nightingale Informatix, a cloud-based provider of electronic health record (EHR) software and related services, named Ray Payette as CTO. Prior to joining Nightingale, he was responsible for providing management, deployment, vision and strategy expertise to Blueprint Software Systems’ product line, as SVP, Engineering and Operations. Formerly a senior officer with the Canadian Air Forces, Payette has applied his unique skills in a number of executive lead roles for IBM Cognos.  Among other achievements, he led the team involved in the highly successful Cognos 10 offering.

Hightail Appoints Co-Founder as New CEO

Hightail, the cloud storage and file-sharing company formerly known as YouSendit, appointed its co-founder Ranjith Kumaran, as the new CEO, replacing Brad Garlinghouse. Most recently, Kumaran was CEO of consumer engagement platform PunchTab, another business he founded and built. He remains on the board of PunchTab. Aside from that, Ranjith has held marketing positions at Verisity Design and built sales engineering teams for an algorithms-to-silicon company, Celoxica. He was also a software systems engineer at open-source software distributor, Red Hat.

Prior to joining Hightail in 2012, Garlinghouse was President of Consumer Applications and head of AOL’s Silicon Valley operations and the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures. Previously, he was a Senior Advisor at Silver Lake, SVP of Communications and Communities at Yahoo!, CEO of Dialpad Communications, General Partner at @Ventures, Category Manager of Media Development for @Home Network and Manager at SBC Communications.

Date Range: August 18th - September 22nd

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