Cloud career moves and lifts and shifts

There was plenty of executive movement in the cloud industry this week. ConvergeOne has a new CEO from Accenture Canada, Rackspace has a new leader for its private cloud business, and Crowdstrike landed two former SentinelOne executives.

Here’s this week’s look at some key personnel changes in the cloud world.

Jeffrey Russell has been named CEO of ConvergeOne, a cloud, collaboration and digital modernization solutions provider. He most recently was CEO of Accenture Canada. Russell succeeds John McKenna, who is retiring after 14 years with the company but will remain as executive board director.

Jeffrey Wang is the new vice president of engineering at MemVerge, a software company focused on big memory technology for cloud workloads and solutions using the Compute Express Link memory standard. Wang previously was area vice president of engineering for the cybersecurity division at Arista Networks following its acquisition of Awake Security. 

Simon Yeo has taken the role of senior vice president of operations at WatchGuard Technologies. He will lead the cybersecurity company’s IT systems and infrastructure, security and cloud operations. Before joining WatchGuard, Yeo was the chief information officer at Barracuda Networks.

David Gardiner has been tapped as executive vice president and general manager of DevOps at Tricentis, a new business unit for the enterprise continuous testing company. A board member and advisor at Trace, whose sports video platform combines AI, GPS sensors and software, Gardiner worked more than 15 years at IT management software developer SolarWinds, most recently as chief revenue officer.

Tyson Hartman is now chief technology officer at Infogain, a digital platform engineering company. He previously was a senior partner focusing on offerings, strategy and assets at West Monroe, a digital services firm.

Daniel Bernard has joined CrowdStrike as chief business officer, a new role focused on channel partner revenue, while Raj Rajamani is the new chief product officer of data, identity, cloud and endpoint. Both had worked at SentinelOne: Bernard was the chief marketing officer, and Rajamani was chief product officer.

Brian Lillie is the new president of the private cloud business at Rackspace Technology, a multi-cloud services company. He previously worked as chief product and technology officer at Zayo Group, a fiber backbone provider.

Forrest Norrod has been promoted to executive vice president of the data center solutions business for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Norrod, who joined the chipmaker in 2014, previously was senior vice president and general manager of the group. 

Dwight Moore took the chief information officer role at SHI International, an IT solutions provider. He joined the company last year as chief technology officer from digital services and solutions provider Presidio, where he was head of products and services.

Microsoft veteran Zia Mansoor has joined the board of Unravel Data, a DataOps observability platform provider. Mansoor is vice president of data and AI at Microsoft, which is an investor in Unravel Data through its M12 venture capital fund.

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