Violin Memory fills CEO void with external new hire

The angel investment firm co-founder will be tasked with infusing momentum back into Violin Memory after a disappointing IPO last year.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

After several weeks of searching, Violin Memory has itself a new chief executive officer and president.

The data storage maker tapped new talent outside the company with the hiring of Kevin A. DeNuccio, who most recently led the angel investment firm he co-founded in 2012, Wild West Capital LLC.

DeNuccio has also sat in the CEO chair a few times before. From 2010 to 2012, DeNuccio was CEO of London-based IP and telecommunications software provider Metaswitch Networks.

Before that, DeNuccio was CEO and president of edge router provider Redback Networks before it was acquired by Ericsson for $2.1 billion.

Other previous resume bullet points include Cisco, Wang Laboratories and Unisys Corporation.

DeNuccio has also been elected to the Violin Memory Board of Directors.

DeNuccio replaces Donald Basile, who was fired in December. Basile was temporarily replaced by Howard A. Bain III, Violin's Chairman of the Board, who filled in as interim CEO.

It was suspected that Violin Memory's recent initial public offering, which didn't go as well as expected, was the primary reason behind the executive shuffle.

Violin Memory, itself, did not reveal publicly as to why Basile was relieved of his duties.

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