Modular data center maker IO announced on Monday that it has made three senior sales appointments, rounding out its enterprise sales team with former F5 Networks, Microsoft and Dell sales executives.
IO named Peter McNamara senior vice president of global enterprise sales, Greg Widerski senior director of enterprise sales and Bruce Huggins senior manager of enterprise sales.
IO has made several strategic appointments in recent months, and has subsequently announced several big partnerships and customer wins. IO named former Groupon CIO Alan McIntosh SVP of global technology delivery, and former Apple marketing veteran Anne Wolf as SVP of global marketing and communications in November. The steady stream of appointments suggests IO is readying for the next stage in its growth, which was kickstarted in October with a $90 million investment led by New World Ventures. Since the funding, IO has partnered with Active Power and extended its partnership with Fortrust.
Modular data center use doubled in 2012, with 8 percent of respondents to an Uptime Institute survey citing modular data center deployment, up from 4 percent in 2011. According to Data Center Knowledge, adoption of modular data centers is growing in the enterprise market, which validates IO’s enterprise sales focus.
McNamara has 16 years of experience in building enterprise hardware, software and service sales, and will be charged with the enterprise sales operation for IO. At F5 Networks, McNamara served as VP of major accounts. He has also successfully led direct field sales organizations at Incipient Software, Symantec, VERITAS Software, and EMC.
As senior director of enterprise sales, Widerski will be responsible for global account management and Data Center 2.0 adoption within global 2000 accounts. Prior to IO, Widerski was global business manager for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure business. He brings 15 years of enterprise sales experience to IO.
Huggins will focus on enterprise sales for global 2000 customers in the financial, healthcare and commercial markets as IO senior manager of enterprise sales. Huggins has over 30 years of enterprise sales experience in the IT industry, with a specialization in software sales. Prior to IO< Huggins served as Dell’s Virtual Integrated System Enterprise Cloud Software Solutions Specialist.
“IO continues to attract and hire highly competent executives who bring a strong set of experiences and skills from companies famous for implementing innovative product strategies,” Jim Kleeman, executive vice president of Global Sales for IO said in a statement. “Our mission is to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations in every aspect of our business. The expansion of the enterprise sales team matches IO’s continuing path of accelerated growth and our commitment to the data center market.”
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