Nutanix hires ex-Nexenta CEO as chief commercial officer

Nexenta’s former boss Tarkan Maner has joined Nutanix as chief commercial officer. In effect he is replacing Sunil Potti, former chief product and development officer, who left in June to join Google.

Maner will run global business development and corporate development efforts, with a focus on channel relationships. He will also lead hybrid cloud strategy and product teams including Nutanix’s core virtualization platform AHV, software-defined networking, and some hybrid cloud services.

Maner said in a press statement: “Nutanix has accomplished so much over the past ten years, but there’s so much potential to go even further. I am excited to charge ahead and play a critical role in helping realise Nutanix’s vision of making computing invisible, anywhere.”

To the Maner born

Maner was chairman and CEO at Nexenta from 2013 until it was acquired by DDN in May this year. Prior to that he was CEO at Wyse, joining the struggling thin terminal business in 2005. Under his tenure, Wyse restored to health and was acquired by Dell in 2012

Tarkan Maner

Dheeraj Pandey, Nutanix CEO, said: “Tarkan brings an entrepreneurial mindset and an acute awareness of the computing landscape to lead Nutanix in its second decade. His authentic leadership style, a clear bias for action, and a broad industry network have helped him create high-energy companies.”

Maner told Blocks & Files by email: “Dheeraj and I are planning to take the Multi Cloud Data Management to the next level from Data Centres to the Edge and End Users – with tight security and best user delight!”


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