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Unitrends Names Kevin Weiss President and CEO

Unitrends today announced Kevin Weiss as the company's new president and chief executive officer (CEO). Weiss previously held leadership positions with Bertram Capital, McAfee, Ariba, BindView, BMC Software and IBM.

"Unitrends exited 2014 with a great deal of momentum," said Michael Triplett, managing director, Insight Venture Partners. "In 2015, we see unparalleled opportunity to expand our market presence around the world. We believe that Kevin Weiss is the right person to guide Unitrends through this next phase of growth. He has a proven track record of successfully transforming companies, while delivering results through improved operational expertise."

In 2014, Unitrends released a number of new products, including its hybrid cloud Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Recovery Assurance offerings, as well as Boomerang, its VMware-to-Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud migration, cloudbursting and DRaaS tool. The company also completed two acquisitions (PHD Virtual and Yuruware) and moved its headquarters from Columbia, South Carolina, to Burlington, Massachusetts.

"What attracted me to Unitrends was the opportunity to work with such a passionate group of professionals who are focused on building and deploying a best-of-breed product portfolio," said Weiss. "I believe that the data protection industry has unprecedented growth opportunities. Unitrends is well-positioned to grow faster than the industry because of its focus on customer satisfaction - proven by its industry-leading 98 percent satisfaction rating, its innovative channel programs and its world-class data protection solutions. My immediate focus will be to help the company accelerate its domestic growth rate, expand internationally and create even more value for our customers, partners and investors."

Prior to joining Unitrends, Weiss was the chairman and CEO of Xhibit Corp, the parent company of SkyMall. Prior to that, he served as the president and chief executive of Author Solutions, a Penguin Random House Company, and played a key role in the successful sale of the company to Pearson PLC. Author Solutions was a portfolio company of private equity firm Bertram Capital, where Weiss has served as an operating partner since 2007. Prior to Author Solutions, Weiss was the president of McAfee, now part of Intel Security. Weiss has also held senior management positions at Ariba, BindView and BMC Software and spent more than 15 years in various sales and marketing positions at IBM.

Weiss' appointment is the latest in a series of strategic senior management team positions the company has announced over the last several months. In Q4 2014, Unitrends announced Brad Miller as its new chief financial officer. Additionally, company veteran Mark Campbell was promoted to chief marketing officer and chief technology officer, and James Legg (former CEO of PHD Virtual) was promoted to executive vice president of worldwide field operations.

Published Thursday, January 08, 2015 6:03 PM by David Marshall
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