Storage execs come and go at Actifio, Cohesity and Commvault

Storage Moves Actifio, Cohesity and Commvault have all hired – or in Actifio’s case, lost – senior people as execs make career moves.

Jim Sullivan.

Actifio president Jim Sullivan has left to join NWN Corporation as the CEO and chairman of the IT services company. That leaves Actifio with a head of sales-size hole to fill.

His formal title at Actifio was President, Cloud Business Development, and his responsibilities included world-wide sales. Sullivan’s name has disappeared from Actifio’s leadership webpage and there is no named replacement.

Cohesity’s EMEA head hire

Cohesity has recruits Dirk Marichal to head up sales in EMEA . In his 20-year career Marichal has held EMEA sales VP-type positions at Avi Networks, Nutanix and Infoblox.

Dirk Marichal.

Two for Commvault

Commvault has hired Riccardo di Blasio as its Chief Revenue Officer, replacing Ron Miller, SVP w-w Sales who resigned in April 2019. The company recorded disappointing results in its latest quarter (Q4 fy2019); the first under new CEO Sanjay Mirchandani’s watch.

Riccardo di Blasio.

di Blasio’s resume includes global head of sales for VMware Cloud Platform Services at DXC Technology, CEO at Globetouch, COO at Cohesity, and SVP sales and marketing at VMware and EMC.

Blocks & Files notes Commvault has fairly regularly reported sales execution issues contributing to poor revenues, For example, here and here. It will be up to di Blasio to fix this problem.

Commvault has also appointed Sandra Hamilton as VP of Customer Success, responsible for Systems Engineering, Professional Services, and Support teams. The company says she will “drive end-to-end lifecycle engagement to support the increased adoption of Commvault’s subscription-based licensing and flexible pricing models.”

She joins from Puppet where she led the customer success team, and prior to that worked at exec-level in EMC and Accenture.


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