Liquid Web has appointed Jeff King to its board of directors on Wednesday. King previously served as GoDaddy Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hosting and Security, and was succeeded by Raghu Murthi in 2016.
King has 25 years of industry experience, and is affiliated with the Webb Investment Network, which assists entrepreneurs with the startup lifecycle. Prior to overseeing the hosting and security business unit at GoDaddy, King held leadership positions with eBay, Magento, Cybersource/Visa, and Sun Microsystems.
“We admire what Jeff did with the GoDaddy Pro brand, and we look forward to his contributions to our business strategy and product development as we focus on fulfilling the hosting needs for small to medium businesses and the designers, developers, and agencies that create for them,” Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger said in a statement. “Jeff’s appointment to our board signifies Liquid Web’s continued dedication to serving businesses that are born in and dependent on the cloud and web to deliver products and services to the masses.”
In addition to GoDaddy Pro, initiatives King was involved in while at GoDaddy include talent acquisition, launching cPanel and Plesk, and managed WordPress offerings, which King spoke to the WHIR about in an exclusive interview just ahead of the company’s 2015 IPO. He left the company last year.
“I am excited to join Liquid Web and be part of a team with such a stellar reputation for customer service and is focused on helping web professionals that require managed hosting needs,” King said. “With its 20 years of industry experience, Liquid Web is a proven leader in managed web hosting. I look forward to helping expand its portfolio and showcasing the individuals that power their incredible customer service experience, which takes the hassle out of hosting and allows customers to focus on growing their businesses.”
Liquid Web has been growing through acquisition over the past year or so, acquiring Rackspace’s cloud hosting unit in August, and Chicago-based web host WiredTree in January. The company also launched a site-change visualization tool for WordPress in April, after having hired WordPress consultant Chris Lema to VP of products and innovations in December.