Pivotal shakes up leadership as co-founder steps up to CEO

Paul Maritz, also formerly CEO of VMware, isn't going far though as he has been appointed executive chairman for Pivotal's board of directors.

Similar to a move conducted by its parent families EMC and VMware a few years back, Pivotal announced a major leadership shuffle on Tuesday.

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Pivotal Labs co-founder Rob Mee is taking over as chief executive officer for the young IT brand, replacing Paul Maritz.

Maritz, also formerly CEO of VMware, isn't going far though as he has been appointed executive chairman for Pivotal's board of directors.

In a blog post, Maritz described Mee, who also served as executive vice president of products as well as research and development at Pivotal, as the "the ideal person to take Pivotal through the next stage of its journey."

Founded in 2012 as EMC and VMware merged some of their big data and cloud assets together, Pivotal offers data, cloud and pair programming services to startups and enterprise companies alike.

The San Francisco-based company also boasted on Tuesday that its Pivotal Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service offering has surpassed the $100 million run rate mark for annual bookings.

"Moreover I am particularly proud of how Pivotal has embraced open source and is leaving a legacy of 'how to do it right' in terms of cooperation, contribution and governance," Maritz wrote in touting the milestone.

The latest executive changes follow last month's hiring of AAA veteran Siobhan McFeeney to lead Pivotal's transformation practice team as well as Citrix's former APAC director of cloud services, Jason Jackson, as Pivotal's new Asia-Pacific field CTO and director for advanced field engineering.

Pivotal has been quite active over the last few months in rolling new products and establishing more industry alliances.

In February, the company launched the Open Data Platform Hadoop initiative to speed adoption of the open source framework. Among some of the other founding partners included General Electric, Hortonworks and IBM along with parent companies VMware and EMC.

By April, Pivotal, along with IBM and Hortonworks, announced their respective Hadoop platforms standardized on the Open Data Platform were ready to ship.

Pivotal also introduced a new method in March for installing its application development platform on Amazon Web Services with the goal of boosting deployment of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.


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