The additions bolster the CloudFuze leadership team and position the company for continued growth.
Durham, NC – CloudFuze today announces that it has added four members to its advisory board. The new members are Rama Kolappan, Stephane H. Maes, Jeff Strief and Mark Sutter. The new members join Geoff Sinn to form an advisory board with more than 100 years of experience spanning relevant technology, product markets and also functional expertise.
“We are pleased to add these members to our team,” says Ravi Poli, Founder and CEO of CloudFuze. “After quietly building out our product line until recently, we are rapidly expanding our business. This team of distinguished industry professionals is chosen to provide exactly the skills, expertise and strategic guidance that we need as we continue to grow our business.”
The advisory board now includes:
Rama Kolappan is currently Senior Director of Product Management for end point data protection at CommVault. He is a veteran with rich experience in product management and marketing for cloud and storage-based product offerings. Prior to CommVault, Rama held various leadership roles at Accellion, Intel and Motorola where he was instrumental in bringing new products to market and developing strategic alliances with major OEM and ISV partners. Rama brings marketing and product management experience from the successful launch of new technology products.
Dr. Stephane Maes is currently Cloud and Automation CTO and Chief Architect at HP Software. Stephane possesses over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in cloud computing, internet, IT and related technologies at HP, AT&T Bell Labs, IBM, Oracle, Huawei and Ericsson. Stephane has contributed to key new technology fields and standards, holds more than 200 patents including applications and is a regular author and speaker in the technology industry. He brings deep technical expertise in the cloud computing market to the CloudFuze team.
Jeff Strief brings more than 25 years of IT media industry executive in the enterprise and channel markets. Most recently he was CEO of Tech Buyer Perceptions, a leading IT buyer tracking service. In that role he developed market intelligence relationships with industry leaders Cisco, EMC, Amazon, McAfee, Juniper and Lexmark. Before that, he served as President of Ziff Davis overseeing sales, marketing and research. His background in building IT brands is beneficial to CloudFuze’s strategy development and go-to-market activities.
Mark Sutter brings over 25 years of product development and engineering experience in the computer storage industry. His most recent positions include Senior Director of Engineering, Cloud Backup and Archiving Products at EMC and CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Atempo. He has also held leadership roles in product development at CreekPath Systems, VERITAS Software, Seagate Software and NetLabs. Mark brings a strong balance of the rigor and process from leading product development projects at Fortune 500 technology companies and also new product launches in smaller companies.
The new advisory board members join Geoff Sinn, who has been with CloudFuze since the company’s founding in October 2012. Geoff is currently Principal, IT Outsourcing and Managed Services at Dimension Data. He possesses over two decades of experience in managed services and cloud computing. Over the past five years, Geoff has advised numerous companies on managed services and cloud computing as a senior consultant and executive at Dimension Data, SmartCore Business Solutions and MS Excellence. Prior to that, he held leadership positions as Vice President of Managed Services at Consonus Technologies Inc., Senior Director of Managed Services at Hitachi Data Systems, CEO of Salem Group, and CEO and President of Arsenal Digital Solutions.
The group has been chosen with the goal of adding key areas of expertise that spans product, technology and industry experience and also functional roles including product development, strategy, sales, marketing and corporate development. The advisory board will provide leadership and strategic guidance and play a vital role in CloudFuze’s continued growth and development.
To see detailed biographies for the advisory board and also the CloudFuze management team, please visit https://www.cloudfuze.com/team.