Cohesity Appoints Two Enterprise Industry Veterans to Key Leadership Roles
Executives From NetApp and VMware to Accelerate Cohesity’s Growth Into Enterprise Accounts
Santa Clara, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2017 – Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, announced it has added two important new team members with deep industry experience – former NetApp President Rob Salmon and former VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach. Salmon will serve as Cohesity’s first president and chief operating officer, overseeing sales, marketing, and support divisions. Eschenbach, now a partner with Sequoia Capital, will join the company’s board.
By continuing to add senior operating executives and board members to its existing team of highly knowledgeable and experienced leaders, Cohesity is building the foundation to accelerate growth among mid-sized and large enterprise accounts. Coming from two companies known for their strong culture, Eschenbach and Salmon will further solidify Cohesity’s go-to-market operations to positively impact customers, partners, and employees.
- Rob Salmon will serve as Cohesity’s president and chief operating officer, bringing 30 years of enterprise go-to-market experience to the new role. Rob previously worked as president and head of go-to-market operations for the data storage giant NetApp, and was responsible for all customer-facing functions. Joining at NetApp during its early startup phase, Rob helped grow the company’s annual revenues to $6.5 billion over his 22-year tenure.
- Carl Eschenbach joins Bill Coughran in representing early investor Sequoia on the board. At Sequoia, Carl focuses on infrastructure and SaaS and provides operating expertise to the firm’s portfolio companies. As the president and COO of VMware, Carl helped architect the company’s go-to-market strategy and increase its revenue from $31 million to more than $7 billion. He has also served as vice president of North America sales at Inktomi, and held various sales leadership positions with 3Com, EMC, and Lucent Technologies.
- Excitement for the $60 billion total addressable market for Cohesity’s hyperconverged secondary storage, and for Cohesity’s unique web-scale, software-defined platform, motivated both executives’ decisions to help lead this phase of rapid growth for Cohesity.
- Before NetApp, Salmon worked in sales roles at Sun Microsystems and Data General Corporation. He serves on the board of Special Olympics Northern California, and as an advisor to the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) for the National Bone Marrow Registry. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Chico State University.
- Prior to Sequoia, Eschenbach worked as president and COO of the virtual storage leader VMware, helping to increase annual revenues from $31 million to $7 billion and scaling the organization from 200 employees to 20,000. He has also served as vice president of North America sales at Inktomi, and held various sales leadership positions with 3Com, EMC, and Lucent Technologies.
“Rob and Carl will add important insight and guidance to Cohesity’s leadership team based on their impressive tenures working with two of the most successful data storage and management companies in the world,” said Mohit Aron, chief executive officer and founder, Cohesity. “Having the privilege to bring on such respected executives is a testament to the transformative value of Cohesity’s innovations, and we look forward to rapidly expanding on our early success.”
“This role represents an incredible opportunity to define an entirely new category in storage,” said Rob Salmon, president and chief operating officer, Cohesity. “Cohesity is solving the increasingly critical problem of unmanageable growth in secondary storage silos within enterprise IT. I’m excited to join a world-class team where I can use my experience to drive customer success, continue the momentum of building a positive culture, and make a lasting impact on the industry.”
“After just two years on the market, Cohesity is positioned to revolutionize the storage industry,” said Carl Eschenbach. “I look forward to helping large enterprise customers across the world remake their secondary storage to be more efficient and cost effective.”
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