Citrix nabs former Microsoft business division chief as CEO, president

Citrix as a whole has been undergoing a number of changes and cuts itself.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Citrix has found itself a new CEO in an industry vet who was involved amid reorganization shuffle over at Microsoft last year.

The software company announced on Wednesday that it has tapped Kirill Tatarinov as the new CEO and president, effective January 25.

He will also join the Citrix Board as a director, bringing Citrix's total board member count to 11.

Robert Calderoni, who served as Citrix's interim CEO and president, will continue on as executive chairman for Citrix's Board of Directors.

Tatarinov most recently served as executive vice president of Microsoft's Business Solutions Division, where spearheaded the unit's cloud evolution and global partner ecosystem.

During his 13 years at Microsoft, Tatarinov also served as corporate vice president of the Management & Solutions Division. Prior to Microsoft, Tatarinov was chief technology officer at BMC following other product and business development leadership positions.

Tatarinov departed Microsoft last summer amid a reorg in Redmond as CEO Satya Nadella tweaked the corporate structure as the tech giant combined its Windows and devices businesses.

Citrix as a whole has been undergoing a number of changes and cuts itself.

In November, the San Francisco-based company announced it would be spinning off the GoTo family of products as a separate company, which entailed the side effect of slashing 1,000 full-time and contract jobs. That bit of restructuring was scheduled to occur this month.

While naming Calderoni as interim CEO at the time, Citrix said the moves would save the company $200 million in costs -- much of which will show up on the balance sheet in fiscal 2016. Employee severance costs were projected to fall between $65 million and $85 million in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016.

Looking forward, Citrix plans to double down on its enterprise portfolio -- including its XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile and NetScaler products.

Citrix is scheduled to report fourth quarter and end of year financial results after the closing bell on January 27.

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