Dell Hires AMD, Cisco Execs To Strengthen Leadership Team

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 25, 2015


Dell has hired two key executives, one from AMD and the other from Cisco to strengthen its leadership team. The company announced that former AMD CEO Rory Read is joining Dell as the company’s chief operating officer and president of worldwide commercial sales. In addition, Paul Perez, a former executive for Cisco Systems, was appointed as chief technology officer of Dell’s enterprise solutions group.

In his new role, Read will be tasked with optimizing Dell’s go-to-market strategy, with a focus on enhancing the company’s direct selling capabilities. He will also oversee Dell’s global systems integrator relationships and the global OEM business, said a company statement, which also states that Perez will take responsibility for Dell’s UCS server and management portfolio.

Experts believe, both the appointments from Dell’s part are smart and strategic. Read had earlier held the title of COO and president post for fellow computer company Lenovo, as well as had a stint with IBM. Perez is also an industry veteran known for his work with Cisco, as well as his work as chief technologist for HP.

“Rory and Paul add enterprise IT expertise and depth to Dell’s leadership team and will help accelerate Dell’s place as an enterprise powerhouse and trusted advisor to businesses globally,” said Dell CEO Michael Dell, in a statement. “I look forward to their contributions — from the design of our solutions to how we deliver and support them with our customers,” he said.

“Dell is one of the most exciting companies in the industry right now with its ascension into the top tier of enterprise vendors and, soon, as the only credible end-to-end IT company. I am very excited to join the company and help accelerate its evolution. The best way I know how to do this is to delight our customers at every turn and that will be my first priority,” Read said.

Pérez believes Dell’s best days are ahead. “It’s very clear the industry is moving towards software-defined data centers running on industry standard x86 servers, and Dell, with its strength in compute and storage, and growing networking portfolio, is poised to lead this transition. I am thrilled to be at the center of architecting and designing the solutions that enable customers to achieve this vision and to do so powered by Dell,” said he.

Both executives will report to Marius Haas, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell.