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Cloud & Tech Infra Recent Hires and Departures at IBM, Cisco, Citrix & Others Featured

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IBM Sees Changes in Cloud Leadership

Lance Crosby, 44, CEO of SoftLayer, the cloud services company that IBM acquired in mid-2013 and which now forms the backbone of its cloud services business unit, has left. Crosby, who ran SoftLayer for eight years as a privately held company, stayed on for about 19 months after IBM agreed to pay about $2 billion for it. 

His departure follows the promotion of Robert LeBlanc, an IBM veteran, to run a newly formed cloud business unit as SVP, IBM Cloud. Previously, LeBlanc served as SVP, IBM Software and Cloud Solutions Group. Other senior leadership roles include SVP, Middleware Software; GM, Worldwide Software Sales; GM, Application and Infrastructure Management; and GM, Tivoli, since joining IBM in 1981.  

Cisco Cloud CTO Leaves for BMC

Cisco VP and CTO of cloud and virtualization group Phil Harris has joined BMC as SVP & CTO. Harris will replace Kia Behnia, who will not return from a sabbatical. Before his kost recent role at Cisco, he served as VP & CTO. Prior to that, he was Chief Strategy Officer and VP, Platform Engineering and Strategy at VCE, a virtual computing environment company. Prior to VCE he was at Cisco as Senior Director/CTO, World Wide Partner Organization and Corporate Consulting Engineer. Earlier in his career he served as Network Manager at Logica and Network Support Engineer at BACS.

Citrix Goes Through Exec Changes in Sales and Marketing Organization

Citrix appointed Carlos Sartorius as SVP, Worldwide Sales and Services. Sartorius was formerly MD and VP of the Citrix EMEA organization, headquartered in Switzerland, which he has run since joining Citrix in 2011. Prior to Citrix, Sartorius held a range of senior industry leadership positions, most recently with HP, where he was VP and GM of HP’s networking business unit in EMEA.

SVP Sales Strategy Al Monserrat, a fifteen year Citrix veteran, will be leaving. He has run sales and services since 2008, during which time he re-engineered the sales organization – greatly strengthening the Citrix go-to-market model and growing revenues by nearly 90 percent. Monserrat will provide transitional advisory services to Citrix through April 1, 2015.

Robson Grieve is joining its executive team as SVP of marketing. Most recently, he was EVP of global marketing and customer experience with Concur, a cloud-based software company recently acquired by SAP. Prior to Concur, Grieve led the growth of Creature, an internationally recognized creative and strategy agency based in Seattle and London. Earlier, he worked in a number of executive marketing roles with Corbis, Vitessa and Radical Entertainment. He started his career as an account executive with Silicon Valley PR leader, A&R Partners.

j2 Global's General Counsel Passes Away

Cloud services, unified communications, and digital media company j2 Global’s VP, General Counsel, and Secretary Jeff Adelman passed away. Adelman, who was 48, died after a brief illness. Adelman had been at j2 Global for more than 14 years. Prior to j2 Global, he had been in private practice at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone.

Endurance International Appoints Brand CEO of Bluehost

Endurance International Group, the cloud-based solutions provider to SMBs, appointed Mike Olson as Brand CEO of Bluehost, the brand that provides web hosting and other web presence services. Prior to joining Endurance, Olson was VP and GM of the Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) and Hotel Markets for DIRECTV. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.

Olson succeeds Dan Handy, who has joined Endurance's enterprise-wide mobile team to develop next generation mobile solutions for small businesses.

LogMeIn Promotes COO as President & COO

SaaS and cloud-based remote connectivity software company LogMeIn promoted William R. Wagner, 47, to the position of President and COO. Wagner has served as the Company's COO since May 2013. Prior to joining the Company, he served as the COO at Vocus, a leading cloud marketing software provider and as Vocus's CMO. Prior to that, he served as the CMO at Fiberlink Communications.

Former EMC Executive Joins SciQuest as CTO

SciQuest, a leading provider of cloud-based business automation solutions for spend management, named Beth Hendriks as its new CTO. Hendriks joins from EMC, where she served as senior director of engineering. Her experiences managing globally distributed software engineering organizations also include leadership roles with Dialog Corporation and NetApp.

GoDaddy Hires New Canada Head to Continue International Growth

GoDaddy is growing its Canadian operations, and has appointed Jill Schoolenberg as its VP of Canada. Schoolenberg will lead GoDaddy’s expansion across Canada. Most recently, Schoolenberg worked at Mentor Works, where she helped hundreds of small businesses understand and apply for Canadian Government grants and loans. Schoolenberg started her career in marketing with Procter & Gamble, and later transitioned into technology when she joined Microsoft’s MSN Canada. She went onto lead several sales and marketing organizations in Microsoft, with a focus on small and mid-sized businesses.

Box Taps Bain Veteran to Lead New Retail Unit

Cloud storage and collaboration company Box tapped retail veteran Josh Chernoff, who led the Americas retail practice at Bain, as managing director of its ‘Box for Retail’ group. Chernoff served for nine years at Bain and another twelve years in retail practice at A.T. Kearney. He started his career at Macy’s.

Date Range: January 4th - February 7th 2015

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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.

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