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Kash Shaikh, former Dell executive, named President and Chief Executive Officer of Virtana

Kash Shaikh has joined Virtana as President and Chief Executive Officer.

  • 04 Nov 2020 Posted in
Shaikh was most recently Global Vice President and General Manager for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions business for Dell Technologies, which grew 28% under his leadership to $1.7B. During his tenure at Dell, Shaikh led the business units through a significant transformation, re-engineering investments, creating new business models, building partner alliances, offshoring, and outsourcing relationships—all while increasing sales and marketing effectiveness to drive operational efficiencies, revenue growth, and margin expansion. Shaikh joins Virtana to maximise the hybrid cloud leader's success, providing Global 2000 companies with the tools they need to optimise and manage hybrid and multi-cloud environments.


"As an executive with a proven track record of business transformation in data center and cloud markets, Kash is the right person to lead Virtana as we help our Global 2000 customers and their partners use our high-fidelity data sets to plan and optimise their hybrid cloud migrations for cost, capacity, and performance," said Ron Sege, Executive Chairman of Virtana. "He has hands-on experience in every aspect of the business necessary to our success and is known for building and motivating great teams."

Prior to joining Dell, Shaikh served as Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Development of Ruckus Wireless (acquired by Brocade), Corporate Vice President Platform Marketing and Business Development of Riverbed Technology (acquired by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo), and held executive leadership roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Earlier in his career, he held marketing and engineering leadership positions with Cisco and Nortel Networks. For the last five years, he has also served as Board Member of Ignited, a non-profit that provides unique professional development opportunities around STEM for teachers, employees, and university researchers.

"Virtana is poised for accelerated growth as it extends its competencies in data center and private cloud optimisation to new hybrid and multi-cloud environments," said Shaikh. "The company's Global 2000 customers have long valued Virtana as a partner in optimising and managing their on-premises and private cloud infrastructure. We now have the unique opportunity to use the rich data sets coming from our AI-powered, high-performance monitoring tools to help customers and partners efficiently and effectively move to the public cloud and manage cloud resources for cost, performance, and availability."

Shaikh has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University, a master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wichita State University, and an MBA from Boise State University. When he is not working, Shaikh enjoys modern minimalist home designs, traveling, learning new things, cycling, and coaching his daughter.

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