VMware executive joins Veeam management team

VMware executive joins Veeam management team

Peter McKay gets named Veeam president and chief operating officer

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Former VMware Americas senior vice-president and general manager, Peter McKay, has joined Veeam as its president and chief operating officer.

In addition, the company has added to its executive line-up with the promotion of former executive vice-president, William Largent. He is now the company’s CEO.

Veeam said that its co-founders and directors, Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, will remain strategic to the company, playing active roles focusing on market strategy and new product development. It added that the appointments were made to support its global expansion into the enterprise market segment and reach its goal of surpassing $1 billion in revenue in the next three years.

“With the appointments of Peter and Bill, we are adding depth, experience and talent to our executive team. They will be instrumental in helping Veeam continue on its steep growth trajectory,” Timashev said.

“Peter will also join our board of directors and serve along with Andrei, Bill and myself.”

As president and chief operating officer, McKay will report directly to Largent and will be responsible for sales, sales operations, marketing, finance and human resources.

McKay joined VMware through the acquisition of Desktone, where he was president and CEO from 2010 to October 2013.

He then became its vice-president of sales and end user computing of Americas. From this position, he was promoted to chief operating officer for the Americas, responsible for optimising the alignment and integration of all go-to-market functions, then to senior vice-president, Americas Enterprise, and then ultimately to senior vice-president and general manager of Americas.

“Digital transformation, Cloud, social technologies and users’ insatiable appetite for Always-On access to critical data and applications is changing the way enterprises conduct business.

“We are at the cusp of a major digital revolution and enterprises look to harness the power of the Cloud and keep pace with changing user demands. I am honored to be joining the team and helping steer it to the next stage of its growth,” McKay said.

As CEO, Largent will report directly to Veeam’s board of directors and will oversee Veeam’s strategic and financial direction from the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland.

Largent has been part of Veeam’s growth since its inception in 2006. Prior to joining Veeam, Largent was CEO of Applied Innovation.

“We’ve continued in a disruptive, innovative vein and as we look to the future, our focus is on empowering enterprises to deliver 24.7.365 Availability and leverage the potential of today’s digital economy,” he added.

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