Red Hat Names Eric Shander as EVP and CFO
Red Hat named Eric Shander the company’s new executive vice president and CFO. He will report to Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst. Prior to this position, he served as Red Hat’s acting CFO and VP and chief accounting officer.
In December, Red Hat reported a weaker-than-expected third fiscal quarter earnings and announced that CFO Frank Calderoni would leave the company in January to be president and CEO of IT services company Anaplan.
Before joining Red Hat in 2015, Shander spent more than seven years at IBM in various executive positions. He also served as VP and chief accountant for three years at Lenovo.
Rackspace CEO Leaves to Lead ‘Smaller Private Company’
After spending more than a decade at Rackspace in multiple executive roles, company CEO Taylor Rhodes is leaving his position to become CEO of a smaller private company that doesn’t compete with Rackspace, he said in a company blog post.
Until the company board finds a permanent replacement, Rackspace President Jeff Cotten will serve as the interim CEO. Cotten is a “strong candidate for that position,” Rhodes wrote.
“Over the past eight years, [Cotten] has held a series of increasingly challenging leadership roles across key areas of the company, from customer support to sales and new business development…And he played a key role in developing and scaling our new services for customers who want us to run workloads for them on the infrastructure of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure — and, in the near future, on the Google Cloud Platform,” Rhodes wrote.
Throughout his tenure, Rhodes helped the company gain market share in managed cloud services as it went private under the ownership of Apollo Global Management and its partners.
Console Connect Strengthens Leadership Team
Console Connect hired Brad Mandell as its chief revenue office, John McAdoo as chief financial officer, Teri Francis as chief product officer, and Greg Schwimmer as chief network officer to help the company scale.
Mandell will help build Console Connect’s sales force. Most recently, he served as COO at software vendor Yagna Iq and has led sales teams at companies like Cisco.
McAdoo will be responsible for the company’s finances. Most recently he served as CFO with analytics startup Euclid.
Francis will head the company’s product strategy, management, design, and innovation for the Console platform. Prior to joining Console, she was VP of technology at Equinix.
Schwimmer will head the development of the company’s global infrastructure. He most recently spent 11 years at GoDaddy.com.
Movers and Shakers
CenturyLink is bringing on a new leadership team that will be effective at the time of the company’s closing of its acquisition of Level 3 Communications.
Nokia plans to cut up to 200 more jobs in Finland because of weaker demand for its telco equipment, Reuters reported.
Orange Business Services hired Rob Willcock as SVP of the Americas where he will lead enterprise activity across North America and Latin America. He replaces Mark Kenealy.
Hyperconverged networking vendor Plexxi appointed Mitch Breen to SVP of enterprise sales and Mark Wright to VP of sales operations.
Canonical CEO Jane Sibler said she will be leaving her position in July but will remain on the company’s board of directors.
Samsung Electronics appointed Terry Halvorsen as EVP, global enterprise advisor to JK Shin, the president and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics.
Former Chairman and CEO of Arconic Klaus Kleinfield resigned from Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s board of directors after being ousted from Arconic for sending a threatening letter to the company’s largest shareholder.
Asset management firm BlackRock hired Cisco’s CEO Chuck Robbins to serve on its board of directors.
Former Proofpoint executive Dee Dee Acquista joined SentinelOne’s executive team as its new VP of worldwide channels.