an exec chairman and a president – Blocks and Files

Furiously quick filesystem startup WekaIO has employed Amit Pandey as Executive Chairman and Jonathan Martin as President, following the abrupt departure of President and Chief Revenue Officer Ken Grohe in May.

Grohe left after lower than 12 months within the publish, and has been taken on as an SVP and Chief Revenue Officer at IBM-acquired Taos — a consultancy and managed providers firm. He works within the cloud adoption and DevOps areas.

WekaIO CEO and Co-Founder Liran Zvibel issued a assertion saying: “Amit’s confirmed monitor file of main extremely modern organisations by way of hypergrowth is ideal for our subsequent stage, and Jonathan’s intimate understanding of buyer wants on the most profitable corporations on this house are the right mixture to prepared us for Weka’s subsequent section of progress. I welcome Jonathan to the presidency and sit up for working with him and Amit to speed up Weka’s future endeavors.”

Amit Pandey.

Pandey was the CEO of Avi Networks from September 2015 to June 2019, when VMware purchased Avi Networks. He served as VP of NSX Services on the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware.  

Before that he was CEO at Zenprise from April 2012 to March 2014, when Zenprise was acquired by Citrix. Prior to that he was CEO at Terracotta from July 2006 to November 2001, when Teracotta was purchased by Software AG. 

There’s one thing of a sample right here — three CEO roles main to a few acquisitions. It stands out, doesn’t it?

WekaIO says he shall be main it by way of its subsequent section of progress and will oversee administrative and operational features. however we’re not advised which of them. Pandey has not change into Weka’s CEO —; that publish is held by Liran Zwibel — however he’s Executive Chairman, which isn’t a hands-off position and is usually related to a coming CEO transition. Is some type of transition sooner or later?

A Pandey assertion stated: “The great thing about WekaFS is that it provides the simplicity of NAS, the efficiency of SAN or DAS, and the dimensions of object storage … With its distinctive software-defined structure, clients can run on-premises, natively within the cloud, or orchestrate their knowledge effortlessly between the 2.” 

Jonathan Martin.

The different exec-level rent, Jonathan Martin, was the Chief Marketing Officer at Hitachi Vantara from March 2019 to May 2021, the CMO at Pure Storage from July 2015 to July 2017, and the CMO at EMC from March 2014 to June 2015. This man is a CMO by way of and by way of, however he doesn’t have the CMO title at Weka. 

His obligations shall be overseeing Weka’s advertising and marketing, buyer success, and international go-to-market initiatives — a CMO position in all however title. A press release by Martin stated: “The firm has loved super success through the years with loads of avenues nonetheless left to discover. Weka has a knowledge platform that delivers the simplicity, pace, and scale that trendy enterprises want to attain optimistic enterprise outcomes. The mixture of this main expertise with a profitable associate infrastructure in place makes for an splendid scenario for additional success.”

There is not any Chief Revenue Officer at Weka. The nearest place to that will would appear to be Sales VP Andrew Perry.

Weka’s announcement stated it noticed “important market momentum in 2020 and has achieved important progress fuelled by its new buyer adoption within the US and throughout Europe and Asia.” If we had been choosy, we would surprise at why nothing was stated about market momentum within the first half of 2021. Perhaps that was a think about Grohe’s departure.

Best needs to each new execs — will probably be fascinating to see if the corporate makes any modifications to its enterprise, product and advertising and marketing methods as a results of having these two on board.

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