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It is my great honor to be named Pure’s new CEO. I’m thrilled to become a Puritan and would like to share a few thoughts on why I’m so excited to get involved with this great team at this time in the Pure story.
As Dietz mentioned in his blog post, I’ve had a long career across a range of technology companies – from building my first start-up, Adaptive, to serving as Cisco’s Chief Technology and Development Officer, to my recent role at Silver Lake Partners, working across their portfolio. Throughout my career, I’ve managed teams and businesses across communications platforms, networking, software, and many other areas. Throughout my life I’ve had a deep understanding, appreciation and love for technology that I believe many Puritans share. It’s that passion that helps drive me every day and it’s what brought me to Pure.
After Silver Lake, I took my time and was diligent about finding the right leadership opportunity with a company that would have leading products, a passionate, talented and driven team, a huge potential market, and loyal customers and partners. When I first started following Pure, I was impressed by the combo of technology and business model innovation, and it’s been amazing to see that innovation disrupt what is now a too-complacent storage industry. The company has long had a great reputation as an engineering team, one that puts customers first, and understands the power of simplicity. And Pure has a sales team that keeps putting up major points on the board, year after year. It’s exciting to see the team re-define what a storage company can be, moving up-market in their thinking to take on broader problems around next-generation data, A.I., IoT, big data and analytics. And as I got the opportunity to get to know Dietz, the leadership team, and the company better, I knew that I wanted to be part of the energy, drive and culture that make up Pure.
I want to be sure to express my gratitude to Dietz for everything he’s done to build this organization over the last seven years. Pure has a great foundation on which to build, and outstanding potential. I am extremely grateful for Dietz’s guidance and look forward to working with him in his new role as the Chairman of Pure’s Board. I’m also very grateful to the management team for welcoming me this week to Pure, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know the rest of the Pure team in the coming weeks and months.
It’s an incredibly exciting time in Pure’s history. The strength of the business and growth opportunities ahead are tremendous, and I could not be more aligned with the Company’s vision to be the global leader in data infrastructure and solutions. I’m very eager to get to know our customers, partners and resellers – I’m excited to learn about your thoughts on Pure and our products, and to help Pure better meet your needs. I’m also looking forward to speaking with our investors and analysts, and to do everything I can to better enable Pure to create value for you, and all of our stakeholders.
It’s an exciting new chapter at Pure, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves.