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New executives announced at Akamai Technologies, Commtouch, Polycom, Syncplicity and other software companies

By October 30, 2011August 19th, 2021Exec Moves

Akamai Technologies, a Cambridge, MA provider of a cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences, named Kumud Kalia CIO. Kalia was formerly CIO and EVP of customer operations at Direct Energy. Akami also named Rick M. McConnell EVP of products and development. He was formerly VP and general manager of unified communications at Cisco.
Centrify Corp, a Sunnyvale, CA provider of security and compliance solutions, named Timothy Steinkopf CFO. He was formerly CFO and secretary at Purfesh.
Commtouch, a Sunnyvale, CA provider of cloud-based Internet security technology, named Shlomi Yani CEO. Yani was formerly VP of corporate development strategy at SafeNet.
OnPath Technologies, a Marlton, NJ provider of scalable connectivity and monitoring solutions for high-performance networks, named Gene Litt VP of marketing. He was formerly VP of product management and strategy at Shunra.
ParAccel, a Campbell, CA provider of an analytic platform, named Rich Ghiossi VP of marketing. He was formerly business intelligence and data warehouse marketing and strategy consultant at Jericho Consulting. ParAccel also named Alok Srivastava VP of engineering. He was formerly VP of engineering at Delphix.
Polycom, a Pleasanton, CA provider of standards-based unified communications, named David Ruggiero president of North America. He was formerly area vice president at Cisco.
SearchForce, a San Mateo, CA provider of SEM and bid-optimization technology, named Paul McGhee VP of Sales. He was formerly founding partner at Sales Scale Partners.
Spectra Logic, a Boulder, CO provider of data storage solutions, named Jon Benson VP and general manager of emerging markets. He was formerly SVP at Sun MicroSystems. Spectra Logic also named David Trachy senior director of emerging storage system technologies. He was formerly director of flash based storage system at Sun MicroSystems.
Syncplicity, a Menlo Park, CA provider of cloud-based file management, sync, mobile access, collaboration and backup solutions, named Karen White CEO. She was formerly head of worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds. Synplicity also named Jeff Schultz chief marketing officer. He was formerly VP of sales and marketing at In addition, the company named Brenda Swiney VP of finance. She was formerly VP of finance at Good Technology.
Virtustream, a Bethesda, MD provider of cloud solutions, named Karl Deacon managing director for EMEA. He was formerly VP of strategy and global chief technology officer of infrastructure services at Capgemini. Virtustream also named Jeff Miller chief sales officer. He was formerly VP Americas sales for SpringSource at VMware.
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