Headcount: The Latest in Hirings, Firings, and Retirings — November 9, 2017

Here are some of the latest executive hirings, promotions, and staff changes. If you’d like SDxCentral to report on your company’s movers and shakers, or if you’ve got a tip about layoffs and restructuring, please send the information to Ali Longwell (alongwell@sdxcentral.com).

HPE Replaces CIO

HPE hired Archana “Archie” Deskus as its CIO to oversee a massive IT restructuring. Deskus has held CIO positions at a number of companies — including Ingersoll-Rand, Timex Corp., and United Technologies Corp. — most recently in a four-year stint at GE’s Baker Hughes.

HPE’s restructuring — deemed the HPE Next Initiative — involves a simplification of structure, with plans to reduce costs by $200 million to $300 million in the current fiscal year, culminating in $1.5 billion in savings over a three-year period. Additionally, HPE is consolidating its 1,000 business processes supported by 10 ERP systems and 950 applications to 100 business processes, 350 applications, and a single global ERP. The Next Initiative is designed to enable HPE to be more competitive.

Deskus will report to the company’s president Antonio Neri, who is overseeing the initiative.

Nutanix Adds New Execs

Nutanix made a number of changes to its board of directors and executive team in the last month, ahead of its Q1 2018 earnings on November 30, 2017.

Nutanix named Lou Attanasio as its Chief Revenue Officer, where Attanasio will be tasked with scaling the company’s sales organization and strengthen the delivery of software systems. Previously, Attanasio was executive VP and chief revenue officer at Informatica. Additionally, the company hired Inder Sidhu on its executive team. Sidhu will serve as the executive VP of global customer success and business operations. Sidhu was the senior VP of strategy and planning for worldwide sales at Cisco.

The company appointed Craig Conway and Sue Bostrom to its board. Conway was the former president and CEO of PeopleSoft from 1999 to 2004, and additionally serves on the board of directors at Salesforce.com. Bostrom was the EVP, CMO, senior VP of Internet business solutions group, and worldwide government affairs of Cisco. She currently serves on the board of ServiceNow, Varian Medical Systems, and Cadence Design Systems. The new board appointments come as Nutanix focuses on hybrid cloud solutions and software.

Movers and Shakers

Intel named Raja Korduri as chief architect and senior VP of the company’s new core and visual computing group, and was named general manager of a new initiative focused on edge computing. Korduri joins Intel from AMD.

Anthony Thomas was named CIO of Nissan Motors in Yokohama, Japan, leaving his position of Group CIO at GE Global. Thomas will help Nissan to leverage tools to power connected cars and develop other new revenue streams.

Amidst sexual harassment allegations, Roy Price, Amazon’s head of television and film production unit, stepped down from his position. The company’s COO, Albert Cheng will take over the position temporarily.

Qualcomm hired Penny Baldwin as its senior vice president and CMO. Baldwin has a held leadership positions at companies including Microsoft, Oracle, NetApp, and most recently as a VP at Intel.

Samir Marwaha joined Sandvine as its CMO. Marwaha will be responsible for the company’s service provider and enterprise network intelligence solutions.

TELoIP named Juan Lyall as its country manager for the UK, leading the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) company into the European market.

Intel stopped its former CIO, Jeff Smith, from joining AWS’s executive team. After Smith left Intel in May, the company sued due to Smith’s internal knowledge of its next cloud product.

RiskSense appointed Jill Kyte as VP of marketing. Kyte previously worked for a number security startups.

Stefan Dyckerhoff was named the CEO of Lacework, an automation and security startup that launched in April. Dyckerhoff was previously the managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures and the executive VP at Juniper Networks.

Cato added Nick Fan and Nate Grinnell to its global sales leadership team. Fan will be the company’s VP of Sales, America, and Grinnell will serve as the senior director of channel sales.

Liberty Global promoted Balan Nair, its current chief technology and innovation officer, to the position of president and CEO of its Latin American and Caribbean operation, called LiLAC. By year end, Liberty Global is planning to split off LilAC from its current operations. The company also named other LiLAC executives.

ShiftLeft hired John Kassees as its director of enterprise sales, and Brian Hurrell as its director of SMB and commercial sales, to boost the company’s security solution. Kassees comes from FireEye and Hurrell comes from New Relic.

Juniper Networks initiated a round of layoffs during its Q3 2017 earnings. The company didn’t specify how many people would be laid off.

Ericsson made multiple changes to its executive suite. Former CFO and former interim CEO Jan Frykhammer, and EVP Magnus Mandersson left the company, while Fredrik Jejdling, currently Ericsson’s head of business area networks, was named EVP.