Commvault has appointedSanjay Mirchandanias President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board, effective immediately.Mirchandani, previously the CEO of Puppet, an Oregon-based IT automation company, replaces retiring President and CEOBob Hammer. Hammer has led the company for more than two decades,growing it to a$3.1 billion market cap. Alsoannounced today was the appointment ofNick Adamoas Chairman of the Board, replacing Hammer whowillremain on the Board asChairman Emeritus; both changes will becomeeffective April 18, 2019.
The appointment of Mirchandani concludes an extensive, global executive searchinitiatedas part of a transformation initiative to drive sustained business performance and accelerate Commvault’s growth. Mirchandani has held senior leadership positions at VMware, EMC and Microsoft and has significant expertise in the transformation of IT. At Puppet, he grew the user base of Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions to more than 40,000, including 75% of the Fortune 100.
“Sanjay’s accomplishments at Puppet demonstrate a deep understanding of multi-cloud and cloud native applications,” said Commvault’s incoming Chairman, Nick Adamo. “We are confident he is the ideal person to build on Commvault’s current momentumand champion the richheritage of combining innovation with unwavering focus on customer and partner success.”
Mirchandani also brings a wealth of international business experience through his diverse, well-rounded background in technology having held senior global positions over his career. He also grew Puppet's presence and partnerships across the globe and opened five new offices in Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Timisoara and Tokyo.
“I’m honoured to join the Commvault team with its respected reputation,industry-leading technologyand services, and infectious company culture,” said Mirchandani.“Commvault’s partner-driven approachis closely aligned with my own. I look forward to being an advocate for our customer, channel and partner ecosystems to delivercomplete solutions.”
Al Bunte, who has served alongside Hammer for more than two decades, is stepping down from his role as Chief Operating Officer while maintaining his position as a member of the Board of Directors. Both Hammer and Bunte will remain with the company through a transitionary period, withHammer stepping away from the transition effective March 31, 2019.
“Bob and Al have contributed to Commvault in immeasurable ways. The Board is looking forward to the future under Sanjay’s leadership,” said Commvault Board memberMartha Bejar. “Sanjay has a well-deserved global reputation and has consistently risen to the top in previous organisations.”