Veeam appoints former VMware SVP

Peter McKay joins Veeam as its president and chief operating officer

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Veeam appoints former VMware SVP William Largent, newly appointed CEO at Veeam: "Since the company started in 2006, we've always been at the cutting edge of innovation and have been disrupting status quo thinking."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 30, 2016

Veeam Software has appointed Peter McKay as its president and chief operating officer, and promoted William Largent as its chief executive officer.

McKay was recently senior vice president and general manager, Americas, with VMware and Largent was formerly executive vice president at Veeam.

Veeam 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. 

Timashev said: "With the appointments of McKay and Largent, we are adding depth, experience and talent to our already world-class executive team.  McKay and Largent are seasoned leaders with complimentary skill-sets; they will be instrumental in helping Veeam to continue on its steep growth trajectory.

"McKay will also join our Board of Directors and serve along with Andrei, Largent and myself. By attracting executive talent such as McKay, Veeam is sending a clear signal to the market that we are a leader and we've only scratched the surface of our potential."

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

"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," said McKay.  "We are at the cusp of a major digital revolution and as enterprises look to harness the power of the cloud and keep pace with changing user demands, 24.7.365 availability is no longer an after-thought; today, it is a strategic priority.  That's why I am here. Veeam has always been a company synonymous with innovation and customer satisfaction.  Not many companies are as exciting as Veeam, and I am honoured to be joining the team and helping steer it to the next stage of its growth."

As CEO, Largent will report directly to Veeam's board of directors and will oversee Veeam's strategic and financial direction. Largent has been part of Veeam's growth since its inception in 2006, and has more than 30 years of operations and leadership experience in growth companies.

"I have spent my entire career building businesses, but Veeam is special," commented Largent. "Since the company started in 2006, we've always been at the cutting edge of innovation and have been disrupting status quo thinking.  Our first product was free and within a very short period of time, every virtualisation admin knew us!  We've continued in that 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."  

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