Box hires HP software veteran Paul Chapman as new CIO

At Box, Chapman will oversee IT operations deployed to Box's growing workforce of more than 1,200 employees worldwide from Silicon Valley to London to Japan.

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Box has found itself a new chief information officer -- one who brings decades of IT experience to the relatively young enterprise cloud company.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based business announced on Wednesday morning that it has tapped Paul Chapman, most recently CIO of Hewlett-Packard's software unit, as its own CIO.

Along with overseeing the development of IT solutions under the software umbrella, Chapman also managed the execution of HP's global information management strategy, which included analytics platforms as well as enterprise data standards and services.

Prior to HP, Chapman served as vice president for VMware's enterprise applications and global infrastructure and cloud operations groups. Looking back farther on the resumé, Chapman has also held leadership positions at Affymetrix and Sun Microsystems.

At Box, Chapman will oversee IT operations deployed to Box's growing workforce of more than 1,200 employees worldwide from Silicon Valley to London to Japan as well as the enterprise customer base consisting of roughly 47,000 organizations.

"We're building a platform that enables enterprises across industries to become more digital, and as one of the most senior IT leaders at HP and VMware, Paul knows a thing or two about how to drive this transformation," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post. "He'll play a critical role as a resource for customers who are looking to transform their business by moving their applications to the cloud."

Chapman's appointment falls in line with a number of CXO hiring trends this summer.

Earlier this month, both Micron and Informatica touted new CIOs of their own, followed by Juniper Networks a few days later.

Cloud rival Dropbox also tapped a tech industry veteran, former Microsoft exec Thomas Hansen, to lead global sales and channel.

The San Francisco company followed up on Tuesday with the hiring of its first vice president of product: Google and Facebook alum Todd Jackson, who happened to be fresh off a departure from Twitter.

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