EXCLUSIVE: Fusion-IO New CEO Shane Robison Clears the Air “Company is Not For Sale”


Shane Robison, the newly appointed CEO of Fusion-io, appeared on theCUBE on SiliconANGLE.com at #EMCWorld to clear the air on the rumors swirling around the departure of former CEO David Flynn and CMO Rick White both cofounders.

Robison, Fusion-io’s new CEO, discussed the recent events going on with the flash storage giant during a brief chat with  Dave Vellante and myself just a few moments ago. The two co-founders of Fusion-io have both left the company in a surprising move, leaving room for much speculation.

Although he admitted the C-level changes at Fusion-io came as a shock to many, Robinson said the decision the board had made was all about taking the company to the next level.  Robison adamantly stated that there was absolutely no problem with Fusion-io, “it’s in a very good shape, we are industry leaders.” He also said the founders have not done anything wrong and the company was not currently for sale. Robison reinforced the fact that Fusion-io was an industry leader, and that it’s determined to maintain that position.

“We believe we have a great foundation set by the founders,” but the board had spent a lot of time on steadying the opportunities in the market and pushing the company forward.

This will not initiate a strategy change, Robison said, at the most there will be a tune-up of the current strategy. Asked what specific experience he brings to the table, the new CEO mentioned 30 years of expertise in managing operations in multiple market segments.

“We are continuing to build on what we already have,” Robison added. Commenting on Fusion-io’s acquisition strategy, he said it was not hard to make good acquisitions, what mattered was how to make them work afterwards.

Robinson also added that Fusion-io’s strategy around open platforms and SDKs is still on course, and the company will continue to build it out.  Regarding its ISV platform, he said, “We are in the early stages,” as ISV platforms take time to get traction, but “we see very good traction” and success.  He mentioned that Fusion-io now needs evangelists that understand the concept of open platforms and open source.

Vellante then asked what people should keep an eye on for as far as short- to mid-term goals are concerned.  Robison stated that execution was the priority to watch for. “We believe in our strategy,” but the company needs to execute the plans it has in place.