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Mesosphere Names New CEO
Mesosphere appointed Mike Fey as CEO. Fey will take over on Feb. 1 from the company’s co-founder Florian Leibert, who announced the search for a CEO in a blog post in September 2018.
In the blog post, Leibert wrote “To accelerate our forward momentum and lead us to a higher level of success, including the possibility of an IPO, I believe that it makes sense to transition Mesosphere from a founder-led company to one headed by someone who has experience leading companies into public markets.”
Following Fey’s appointment, Leibert will transition into a new role at the company that is focused on customers, strategy, and technology.
Fey joins Mesosphere from Symantec where he served as president and COO. And prior to that, Fey was the president and COO at hardware company Blue Coat and held executive positions at both Intel and McAfee.
Sterlite Tech Boosts SDN/NFV With New Execs
India-based telecommunications software provider Sterlite Technologies made two new executive appointments as the company boosts its SDN and NFV initiatives.
Sterlite Tech named Ayush Sharma as the head of programmable networks, which includes overseeing the company’s customer-centric R&D. Sharma will also serve as the company’s representative on the Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India. He joins Sterlite Tech from Reliance Jio where he was the senior vice president of engineering and technology. Prior to Reliance Jio, he worked for both Huawei and Ericsson.
Sterlite Tech also hired Rajesh Gangadhar as the head of its wireless broadband converged platforms. Gangadhar will oversee a new business initiative at Sterlite Tech dealing with last-mile connectivity. He has previously worked for Charter, Clearwire, CableLabs, Sprint, and Nextel Communications.
Lattice Semiconductor Expands Leadership
O’Rourke joins Lattice from Xilinx where he was the corporate VP of its supplier management, technology, and product cost center business units. At Lattice he will be tasked with optimizing the company’s manufacturing operations.
Previously, Luther spent 16 years at Coherent in finance and accounting positions, most recently serving as the corporate VP of finance.
Movers and Shakers
Former Intel and Texas Instruments executive Dipti Vachani joined Arm as the SVP and general manager of its automotive and embedded business.
Portworx hired Sarvesh Jagannivas as its chief marketing officer and Phil Simpson as its director of business development.
Former Cisco CTO Jonathan Rosenberg was hired as the CTO and head of artificial intelligence at cloud software startup Five9. Rosenberg joins Rowan Trollope, who left Cisco in May 2018 to become the CEO at Five9.
Jacques Greyling joined Vapor IO as its COO.
Wind River appointed Bryan LeBlanc as its CFO.
Mellanox Technologies hired Doug Ahrens as SVP and CFO.
Aryaka hired Deepak Kumar as the SVP of customer success.
Alan Cohen — a long-time industry executive that has worked at Cisco, Illumio, Nicira, Airespace — joined Kentik as a board member.
Fidelis Cybersecurity named Danny Pickens director of the threat research team.
Digital Realty appointed Corey Dyer as the executive VP of global sales and marketing.
Database platform Neo4j hired Mike Asher as its first CFO. Snowflake Computing CMO Denise Persson joined the company’s board of directors.
Event management company Hubb named Marty Choate VP of its enterprise solutions business.
Former Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) filed as a lobbyist for ZTE.