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Pivot3 puts former Perot exec in CEO hotseat

Ron Nash is the new CEO at Pivot3, a 10-year-old converged storage startup that has not been setting the world on fire. The company, founded in 2003 by Lee Caswell and Bob Galloway, aimed to build storage systems with server virtualisation embedded within, which it markets as "serverless computing". Today it has more than 600 …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - IS HE ONE OF US?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another week of El Reg's jam-packed, info-smacked podcast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, their special guest is Ben Kepes, well known tech evangelist, investor, business adviser and Kiwi. Once again, the gang discusses the most …
Team Register, 06 Feb 2014
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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

Self-described “die hard entrepreneur” Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of two online advertising startups and recently CEO and chair of soon-to-list digital marketing outfit RadiumOne, has been fired after becoming the subject of intense pressure from online activists after being fined for domestic violence. This chapter in Chahal's …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2014
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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

Tim Cook has broken a decade of fruity silence and finally exchanged a few words with The Register. His famous, dead genius predecessor Steve Jobs famously stopped talking to us after one of our hacks took the mickey out of his bizarre pre-baldness hairstyle*. Many years of total silence, prohibition from briefings, etc …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Dec 2013

All change at the top of Westcon as CEO Douglas exits

Westcon Group has confirmed that Dean Douglas' four-year plus stint as CEO will end in January when Dolph Westerbos rolls into town amid sliding profits. The enterprise distie - networking, security and unified comms - revealed that Douglas - who sat in the CEO hot seat from 1 April 2009 - is to leave the business to "take up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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Logicalis CEO serves notice. Ring, ring: Hi, Mr Ballmer? A minute of your...CLICK

Headhunters are scouring the industry for a successor to Logicalis CEO Ian Cook, who it emerged today is standing down at the end of February. Cook rocked up at the IBM and Cisco integrator as CEO of European operations in 2003 and three years later was handed the top operational job. He will become Logicalis chairman from the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013
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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman has told the Canalys Channels Forum in Bangkok that the company will enter the 3D printer market in the middle of 2014. "We are excited about 3D printing," Whitman said, adding that it is a natural business for HP to enter given its heritage in printers. "We want to lead this businesses. HP labs is looking at …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2013

Apple adds Yves Saint Laurent CEO to executive team

Apple has hired now-former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve to work on "special projects", according to a tweet from Bloomberg technology reporter Adam Satariano. Apple hires former CEO of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. Apple says he'll report to CEO Tim Cook on "special projects," not retail — Adam Satariano (@ …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Violin cuts strings with CEO: Don Basile axed post-IPOcalypse

Violin Memory has fired its CEO Don Basile as the company's shares slumped more than 60 per cent following its IPO and horrendous quarterly financial results. According to a blunt statement from the storage biz, its board, led by chairman Howard Bain, decided "to terminate Donald Basile as chief executive officer". Bain is now …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013
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Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

Microsoft’s new chief executive has told us what he’s not going to do - sell Bing or Xbox - but not what is he going to do. So far, all we’re hearing is a lot of "no". Speaking at a technology event in California, Nadella has been reported and quoted on Twitter to have ruled out the sale of both Xbox and Bing. On Xbox, Nadella …
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2014
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CEO Marissa Mayer puts on brave face as Yahoo! shows another loss

Yahoo! has once again seen revenues slip as CEO Marissa Mayer struggles to get the company back on track. The Purple Palace reported quarterly revenues of $1.27bn, which was down 6 per cent from the same period last year. Full-year revenues also fell 6 per cent, to $4.68bn. Yahoo!'s operating income for the quarter was $174.22m …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
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Brit IT slinger Azzurri's CEO quits to spend more time with family, less time with the M25

Troubled south-coast UK comms integrator Azzurri has confirmed CEO Vim Vithaldas will step down for "family reasons" in July. The veteran exec was brought in by the banking syndicate that owns Azzurri in December 2011 after previous boss Mark Quartermaine left for Capita ITS – but it was a choppy couple of years at the top. The …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014
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Siemens to throw CEO overboard after profits slashed a FIFTH time

German tech firm Siemens looks set to show chief exec Peter Loescher the door on Wednesday after the company was forced to issue a fifth profit warning. "At its meeting on July 31, 2013, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG will decide on the early departure of the President and CEO. In addition, it will decide on the appointment …
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Tintri boss returns to techie role, brings in startup-flogger as CEO

Tintri has hired itself a new CEO, with founder Kieran Harty stepping aside from that role to become chief technical officer. Nimble Storage, Tintri, and Tegile are three hybrid array startups that aim to serve as many hot data accesses from fast flash as possible while reserving disk storage for less-active data. They are each …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013

BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

A pair of gay developers have launched a boycott of Firefox in protest against the Mozilla Foundation's decision to appoint a CEO who appears to be an opponent of same sex marriage. Mozilla co-founder and Javascript creator Brendan Eich was awarded the top job yesterday. Hampton Catlin, creator of Wikipedia Mobile and CSS …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Mar 2014

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner. Nexenta, which provides the Open Solaris and ZFS-based NexentaStor software storage OS, positions itself as the software-only answer to vendors who fear the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

Former Nokia boss Jorma Ollila, who made the Finnish company the global leader in mobile phones for a decade, has published his memoirs: Mahdoton menestys ("An Impossible Success"). Ollila stepped down as CEO in 2006 to become non-exec chairman - but now wishes he'd stuck his oar in more. He writes that Nokia had become …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2013
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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," chief exec John Chen told Reuters in an interview*. The Canadian phone biz reported poor sales again in its fourth quarter …

SAP to make do with one CEO after two-headed hub halved

SAP, the world’s largest business software maker, is losing one of its two CEOs and leaving Bill McDermott to rule them all. The German giant said co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe will be shifting to the SAP supervisory board pending a shareholder election at next May's AGM. Snabe said in a statement on the news: “I have decided that …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013

CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

Apple is making a big deal about its green credentials, including a slick advert voiced by CEO Tim Cook, ahead of the annual eco-friendly love-in Earth Day. On Monday Apple released the advert, dubbed "Better", in which Cook expounds on how Apple is doing its best to make the world's environment a better place by using 100 per …
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2014
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BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them

According to BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen*, the hardscrabble smartphone maker's next wave of products will return to tried-and-true form factors, complete with the company's hallmark hardware keyboards. BlackBerry launched its all-touchscreen Z10 handset to much fanfare under previous CEO Thorsten Heins last January. But …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
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Rackspace shares pummelled by CEO retirement shock

Hosting provider Rackspace delivered good results on Monday along with the shock news that its chief executive Lanham Napier would be stepping down. The Texan hoster-turned-cloud-seller reported a solid set of results for its fourth quarter of 2013 with net revenue of $408m, up 16 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2012 and …
Jack Clark, 10 Feb 2014

Rotten routers caused Intermedia service crash, says CEO

The service blackout at third-party Microsoft Exchange hosting biz Intermedia was caused by glitches in core routing kit, the CEO has confirmed. As revealed by El Reg on Tuesday, Intermedia went down in the UK early afternoon and remained down for some hours, with customers forced to vent their spleen on Twitter because they …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 2013
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Phoenix IT Group CEO hatches three year turnaround plan

The latest CEO tasked with taking "overly complicated" profit bleeding Phoenix IT Group out of intensive care says a return to rude health will take multiple years but should not involve major amputations. Industry vet Steve Vaughan came on board in the spring, filling the top job that lay vacant for 17 months, and embarked on a …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2014

New CEO, CTO for Riak database upstart Basho emerge from the cloud

Basho's new chief executive and chief technology officers are said to be Adam Wray, formerly of Tier 3, and Dave McCrory of Warner Music Group, respectively. Basho is the company which stewards the development of the distributed database Riak. The Register exclusively reported that the company lost its chief architect, chief …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

Over-the-top video streamer Netflix finished the year with over 43 million subscribers, almost all of whom pay, the company reported yesterday. Netflix recorded revenue of $1.1bn in Q4 2013, including its legacy DVD-by-post business, and a slender net income of $48m. It's still going for growth, though, with 10.93 million …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2014

CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Apple has drafted in the CEO of high-end Brit faux tartan fashion label Burberry to head up its global retail and online sales biz – a newly created position. It will be a different type of collection that US national Angela Ahrendts handles when she starts at Apple next spring - as senior veep and a member of Apple's executive …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
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New head for disk drive array upstart: Coraid moves CEO to board

Ethernet storage biz Coraid has moved Kevin Brown from the CEO seat to its board and installed David Kresse as its new chief exec. Coraid builds EtherDrive arrays using commodity hardware, which are accessed via the lightweight ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol devised and patented by company founder Brantley Coile. Kevin Brown …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2013
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Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

Fasthosts Internet CEO Andy Burton has resigned and is set to leave at the end of June, The Channel can reveal. After nearly four years at the helm, the IT veteran - a former Clearswift COO, ex-CEO of Centennial Software and previous FrontRange Solutions veep - says it is time seek out pastures new. "I'll have completed four …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013
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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

Thorsten Heins' brief reign at the top of BlackBerry (BB) all but ended today as the company formerly known as RIM dumped its chief exec and took down the "For Sale" sign outside its HQ. Heins was plonked into the hot seat in January 2011 replacing joint bosses Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as sales slumped, but he was unable …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013

Intrinsic now on third CEO in less than two years

British IT and unified comms reseller Intrinsic Technology has welcomed on board its third chief executive in less than 18 months, with channel veteran Darron Antill the latest to fill the hot seat. Intrinsic went through a management buy-out in summer 2011 led by then-CEO Mike Mason. He headed for the exit the following March, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

Microsoft's search committee has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight candidates to replace Steve Ballmer. Reuters reports the list includes three internal candidates: prodigal returner Stephen Elop, former Skype leader Tony Bates and cloud and enterprise supremo Satya Nadella. The one outsider Reuters mentions as having …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

Apple's annual investor meetings are tightly scripted, dull-as-dishwater affairs crammed with performance metrics and vague allusions to future glories, so perhaps CEO Tim Cook thought it wise to channel his inner funnyman and add a wee bit of wackiness to Friday's proceedings. In his prepared remarks, he told attendees that his …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2014
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Acronis co-founder slips into driving seat after CEO picks up P45

Backup and recovery specialists Acronis's latest CEO, Alex Pinchev, has left the firm and has been replaced by one of its founders. Pinchev became Acronis's CEO with much fanfare in November 2011, replacing Jason Donahue. Pinchev, an ex-Red Hat sales leader, was described as a visionary CEO, and became an Acronis board member in …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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Former Fusion-io CEO just wasn't that into operations, says new broom

Fusion-io CEO and co-founder David Flynn resigned because he realised he didn't have the operational management skills needed to grow Fusion-io into a global business. That, in a nutshell, is what we understand after talking to replacement CEO Shane Robison. First Robison, who is also Fusion-io's chairman and president, wanted …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2013
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Acronis CEO: Anyone can undercut Amazon. Reg hack: Prove it

Data backup company Acronis Storage is going to enable cloud storage service providers to undercut Amazon S3 storage pricing, according to its CEO. When the storage desk at El Reg expressed doubt, and even disbelief, based in part on Amazon's price-cutting history, Serguei Beloussov, Acronis' chief exec, said we didn't know what …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2013

Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon be off to pastures unknown; chief …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014
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Ex-Murdoch man given new CEO seat at Virgin Media

A veteran News Corp exec is to become the next chief of Virgin Media once US cable giant completes its acquisition of the telco. Tom Mockridge briefly held the CEO job at News International following Rebekah Brooks' scandal-hit exit from the one-time News of the World publisher. He will replace Neil Berkett, who confirmed he …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2013

Fusion-io's founding CEO quits board

David Flynn, Fusion-io's founding and ousted CEO has flown the boardroom coop, as revealed in an SEC filing (PDF). Flynn follows cofounder and ex-CMO Rick White out the door. Flynn had been replaced as CEO by ex-HP executive Shane Robison in an effective boardroom coup. Robison has made some exec-level changes and canned some of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Chairman grabs CEO's chair at British Airways' IT and comms supplier

KCom Group recorded a first-half year profit slide on the back of infrastructure and fibre optic investments with a downturn in business broadband and large enterprise integration work not helping. Despite the slight stumble for the six months to 30 September, the LSE-listed telco – which provides comms to private and public …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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Returning Acronis CEO plans Parallels universe

Returned Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov has extended his planned tenure at the company, in part to ensure it melds technologies from virtualisation player Parallels to create a backup-as-a-service product. Beloussov founded both Acronis and Parallels, left both to pursue other interests including a pair of venture capital funds, …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2013
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Groupon pops corks: Happy CEO, sales and shares up, profit... oh

Groupon has named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as the next chief exec at the same time as announcing better-than-expected revenues in this year's second quarter, sending shares shooting up 25 per cent. This is despite making a $7.6m loss during those three months, whereas it made a profit of $28.4m the same period last year. The …

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013

Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable, the company’s chairman said at an extraordinary general meeting today, defending the €5.44bn sale of the phones division to Microsoft. Nokia had called the EGM to seek shareholder approval for the deal. The EGM drew a far larger crowd to the Helsinki Ice Hall than was usual, some 5, …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry CEO: Reports of firm's death 'greatly exaggerated'

In a move oddly reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen has urged enterprise customers not to heave the ailing smartphone vendor onto the plague cart to be hauled away just yet. In an open letter distributed on Monday, Chen insisted that BlackBerry's recent misfortune was only a flesh wound, saying …
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013
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This month's BlackBerry CEO vows: I won't axe the smartphone-making biz

Newly appointed BlackBerry CEO John Chen has wasted no time letting the world know that he has big plans for the troubled Canadian firm – and shutting down its ailing smartphone division isn't one of them. The former Sybase chief exec was introduced as BlackBerry's interim chief exec on Monday, following the unceremonious …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013

Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

A "sickness" at the core of the IT channel - an over reliance on back-end-loaded vendor rebates - threatens to render many tech suppliers irrelevant. But there is a cure, it is fluffy, white and called the cloud. Or so says Wolfgang Ebermann, the EMEA president at Insight, who after 23 years at Microsoft in various senior roles …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

Interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen says critics should quit dwelling on the snakebit smartphone vendor's past missteps and look instead to what the company plans to do tomorrow. In an editorial published by CNBC on Monday, Chen said that he has crafted a new strategy for the Canadian firm that leaves it "well-positioned for the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013

New Intel CEO Krzanich takes reins of core product groups

Newly minted Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has hit the ground running, having already begun a sweeping reorganization that reshuffles Chipzilla's leadership and sees the launch of a new mobile devices division. Reuters was first to report the shakeup on Tuesday, based on details of a leaked companywide email that an Intel spokesman …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013