An undercurrent of turnover has been persistent when it comes to Hewlett Packard in the news. This includes the exodus of Dave Barr, engineering director for HP’s LeftHand Storage group, to cloud storage startup, Nirvanix. Cloud Computing executive Emil Sayegh has a distinctive history that has navigated some of the biggest names in the industry. Once the Vice President and General Manager of the Rackspace Mosso Cloud Computing Division, his most recent tenure as Vice President of Cloud Computing at HP was marked by a number of significant developments including quite recently, the embrace of the OpenStack community. In a veiled Twitter announcement, Emil stated the following:
“Friends-I recently changed jobs, and now am CEO of a cool company. Will share more soon. Keeping hush hush for a few more days. “ 14 Feb 12 via TweetDeck •
The change is updated on his LinkedIn as well:
President and CEO at To be Announced Soon
Austin, Texas Area
Information Technology and Services“
With a penchant for bleeding edge cloud technology, and that kind of background, one can only assume that this is a showcase move. As Vice President of Cloud Services at HP, Sayegh’s scope covered such fields as Marketing, Product Management, Customer Support, and Sales for the HP Cloud Services business. In the Mosso/Rackspace role, his duties included the operation, development, marketing, sales, support, service delivery, and product management of all Cloud Computing services that support Rackspace’s global customer base.
“Sayegh was the services marketing and development director at Dell Inc. where he oversaw the global services roadmap. Additionally, Sayegh served in leadership positions at several notable IT companies including RLX Technologies, Compaq Computers and W.L. Gore and Associates. He holds nine patents in the fields of electronics and telecommunication. “
As the new company is apparently based in Austin (and he’s been to Dell already), it could be a smaller dynamic company, as anything more global would have likely made news on its own. We were able to exclusively talk to Emil regarding the move and will bring the news and comments to you shortly.