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Veeam changes CEO, targets aggressive enterprise cloud growth

Veeam changes CEO, targets aggressive enterprise cloud growth

Software specialist targeting billion-dollar status

Andrei Baronov (Veeam)

Andrei Baronov (Veeam)

Credit: Veeam

Veeam has appointed Andrei Baronov as CEO as part of a widespread leadership restructure which sees Peter McKay exit the business after three years in the top role.

The change is designed to trigger further growth in the lucrative enterprise and cloud markets, as the vendor aims for billion-dollar software status.

Alongside the promotion of Baronov, fellow co-founder Ratmir Timashev has assumed the role of executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, with William Largent taking charge as executive vice president of operations.

“I want to thank Peter McKay for his dedication and energy, and we all wish him the best in his new endeavours,” said Baronov. “He leaves Veeam with a deep bench strength of experienced management leaders who will carry our vision and strategy forward.

“The changes we have made to the executive team will ensure that Veeam continues our aggressive growth, and we can deliver the exceptional customer experience we are renowned for.”

The shake-up comes after the vendor recently reported its 41st consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, experiencing a 20 per cent year-over-year (YoY) increase in bookings and more than 26 per cent YoY growth through cloud.

Such growth is backed by increased alliances with Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo and NetApp, which helped drive a 128 per cent YoY increase in bookings via resale agreements.

“Veeam is on a rapid growth trajectory,” added Timashev. “I know the entire Veeam team is committed to accelerate our growth even further and we are well on track to deliver another record bookings year.”

According to Timashev, Veeam has on-boarded more than 4,000 new customers a month, driving sequential double-digit bookings growth.

The change in leadership comes six weeks after Veeam publicly apologised for exposing 445 million customer records on an open server from Amazon Web Services, blaming the leak on “human error”.

As reported by Channel Asia, the error was uncovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko, who found an exposed Veeam MongoDB containing 445 million records, equating to 200GB of data.

The exposed database contained information on marketing leads, including names and email addresses.


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