Infoblox names new CEO
Jesper Andersen to replace Robert Thomas, effective December 8, 2014
Network control company Infoblox has named Jesper Andersen as its president and CEO, effective of December 8, 2014. Andersen will also become a member of the company's board of directors.
Andersen replaces Robert Thomas, who announced in May his intention to leave the company. Thomas will remain at Infoblox for about four months as an executive advisor as Andersen acquaints himself with the new position.
The 51-year-old has served at an executive level with large vendors such as Cisco and Oracle. Prior to joining Infoblox, he filled a number of roles at Cisco from 2008 to 2013. During his first three years at the company, he became senior vice president for network management. In this role, he managed more than 1,000 employees and was responsible for the development of the Cisco Prime portfolio of network management and analysis solutions.
"Jesper Andersen brings a unique set of skills to Infoblox, with a deep understanding of networking technology, experience in running and growing complex global businesses, and a clear vision of how the shift from hardware-defined to software-defined networking infrastructure will create new market opportunities," said Thomas.
Michael L. Goguen, chairman of the Infoblox board of directors, added: "After looking at a large group of candidates, the board selected Andersen because we believe he is the best choice to lead our company in taking advantage of emerging opportunities such as secure DNS, as well as advanced network control solutions for cloud and virtualisation."
Prior to Cisco, Andersen served as senior vice president of application strategy at Oracle, where he was responsible for creating an application integration architecture capable of bringing together disparate products from multiple acquisitions. Prior to that, Andersen served as general manager and group vice president for tools and technology at PeopleSoft, as well as executive vice president of products for Pivotal Software.
A native of Denmark, Andersen has a master's degree in computer science from Aalborg University.
"This is an incredibly important time in network services, with many changes on the horizon," he said.
"I'm excited to join Infoblox because the company has a well-earned reputation among its customers for quality, innovation, and leadership, a reputation that makes it possible for Infoblox to both grow its existing business and move in new directions from a position of strength."