Rackspace Appoints Rick Jackson as Chief Marketing Officer
Former VMware Executive Selected by Rackspace to Lead Global Marketing
SAN ANTONIO -- July 8, 2013
Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced that
IT industry veteran Rick Jackson has joined the company as Chief Marketing
Officer (CMO). Jackson will lead Rackspace’s global marketing strategy and
execution as the company works to strengthen its leadership position around
Jackson officially joined Rackspace on July 1 and today brings with him over
25 years of IT industry experience. Most recently, Jackson served as CMO at
VMware, where he was responsible for leading the company’s global marketing
strategy since early 2009.
Prior to joining VMware, Jackson has held chief marketing roles at Borland
Software and San Jose-based BEA Systems. Jackson brings a valuable combination
of SMB and enterprise marketing skills to Rackspace including his extensive
knowledge of cloud computing, infrastructure software, application middleware
and developer frameworks.
As an early advocate of hybrid cloud computing, Jackson shares Rackspace’s
enthusiasm for open source-based cloud technologies and customer choice.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that a hybrid cloud approach will lead
architectural plans for the future of IT. While so many companies are offering
up a one-size-fits-all approach, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to offer
customers specific solutions that optimize their business objectives,” said
Jackson. “It’s a great honor to join a company so focused on its customers’
successes, combining technology leadership with Fanatical Support.”
“We are thrilled to have Rick Jackson join the leadership team at Rackspace,
given his background in cloud computing and personal understanding of the
incredible potential of hybrid cloud,” said Rackspace President Lew Moorman.
“As we continue to leverage our heritage in OpenStack and capitalize upon our
strong leadership position within the hybrid cloud marketplace, it is crucial
that we continue to build our brand and reputation worldwide at a faster rate
than ever. So we’re thrilled to have such a highly experienced and talented
visionary on board to lead our global marketing efforts.”
About Rackspace Hosting
Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company and founder of OpenStack, the
standard open-source operating system for cloud computing. Headquartered in
San Antonio, Rackspace delivers its renowned Fanatical Support® to more than
200,000 business customers, from data centers on four continents. Rackspace is
a leading provider of hybrid clouds, which enable businesses to run their
workloads where they run most effectively — whether on the public cloud, a
private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of these platforms.
Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100
Performing Technology Company, and is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best
Companies to Work For. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.
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assumptions include the integration and effectiveness of new leadership into
the Rackspace culture and business operations, instability or downturns in the
economy, the effectiveness of managing company growth, infrastructure failures
and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the
quarter ended March 31, 2013, filed with the SEC on May 9, 2013. Except as
required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these
forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results
could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking
statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
Brandon Brunson, 512-680-4385
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