IT industry veteran Rick Jackson joined Rackspace Hosting as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) on July 1, announced the company today.
– Rick Jackson, CMO, Rackspace Hosting.
Jackson will lead Rackspace’s global marketing strategy and execution as the company works to strengthen its leadership position around hybrid cloud.
Rick has over 25 years of IT industry experience and recently served as CMO at VMware, where he led the company’s global marketing strategy since early 2009.
Rick also held chief marketing roles at Borland Software and San Jose-based BEA Systems in past.
He is an early advocate of hybrid cloud computing and has extensive knowledge of cloud computing, infrastructure software, application middleware and developer frameworks.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that a hybrid cloud approach will lead architectural plans for the future of IT. While so many companies are offering up a one-size-fits-all approach, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to offer customers specific solutions that optimize their business objectives,” said Rick.
“It’s a great honor to join a company so focused on its customers’ successes, combining technology leadership with Fanatical Support,” he added.
“We are thrilled to have Rick Jackson join the leadership team at Rackspace, given his background in cloud computing and personal understanding of the incredible potential of hybrid cloud,” said Lew Moorman, President, Rackspace.
“As we continue to leverage our heritage in OpenStack and capitalize upon our strong leadership position within the hybrid cloud marketplace, it is crucial that we continue to build our brand and reputation worldwide at a faster rate than ever. So we’re thrilled to have such a highly experienced and talented visionary on board to lead our global marketing efforts,” he added.
Earlier this year, Rackspace announced its plans to expand its global cloud network by building and running interoperable public clouds for service providers around the world, telecommunications companies.