Box beefs up leadership team with two previous Google execs

Summary:Box brings on two more executives, both of whom have previous experience at Google.

Box just announced two new senior hires to its executive team. Sam Shillace is joining as vice president of Box's engineering team while Evan Wittenberg will lead as vice president of People.

In a statement, Box chief operating officer Dan Levin commented that Box is in the midst of "creating a new generation of enterprise software" amid the growth of the cloud, mobility and social enterprise. He added that both of these executives "bring expertise from leading organizations that can drive change, solve complex problems and deliver at scale globally.

Levin also hinted that Wittenberg and Shillace could be spearheading some new initiatives and products soon as Box gears up for "aggressive growth."

The notable similarity about both of their resumes is that Wittenberg and Shillace both previously worked for Google.

Wittenberg was previously Chief Talent Officer at HP before that he created and led the leadership development program at Google.

Shillace was most recently at Google Ventures. Box reps tout him as "one of the more influential technical minds in the cloud" being that he founded Writely, which later became Google Docs, becoming a cornerstone of the Google Apps platform overall.

While at Google, Schillace was an engineering director, initially overseeing Docs before moving on to manage nearly all of Google Apps (including Gmail, Calendar, Blogger, Picasa, Groups, Sites and Reader). Shillace has already been involved with Box for some time as he has been a technical advisor to Box for the last two years.

Schillace will continue to serve as an advisor for Google Ventures and its portfolio.

Topics: Cloud, Enterprise 2.0, Enterprise Software, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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