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May 24, 2017

Rackspace appoints Joe Eazor as new CEO

Interim CEO Jeff Cotten to return to his role as President of Rackspace.

By James Nunns

Rackspace has appointed Joe Eazor as its new CEO, following the departure of Taylor Rhodes earlier this month.

Eazor brings to the table over 25 years of experience in the IT industry having worked at the likes of EMC, HP, and EDS. His most recent role saw him as the CEO of EathLink.

Joe Eazor, Rackspace CEO.

Joe Eazor, Rackspace CEO.

Jeff Cotten, who had been appointed as the interim CEO following the departure of Rhodes, will return to his position as President of the company when Eazor takes control on the 12th of June.

Rhodes had tipped Cotten to perhaps take over the CEO position full time, writing that the board considered him to be a strong option.

“All of us feel that Joe will be a great culture fit, as well as a very effective CEO,” said Cotten.

“Joe brings deep IT services experience, and strong leadership qualities. I look forward to working with him.”

The departure of Rhodes came just six months after the company was acquired for $4.3bn, bring to an end a near three-year stint as the CEO of the company.

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Eazor will now likely be looking to steady the ship and look to use some of that experience in steer the company forward.

“As soon as the call came about Rackspace, I knew that was where I wanted to go,” Joe Eazor said. “I know the company. I’ve visited the headquarters and felt the spirit there, and watched Rackers at work. I admire Rackspace’s well-earned reputation for expertise and Fanatical Support® — and for a workplace culture that makes that great support possible.

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“I’m excited by the huge market opportunity that Rackspace has, as companies move out of their corporate data centers and into multiple clouds.

“Rackspace is uniquely well positioned to take advantage of this trend, as the only provider who can deliver expertise and exceptional customer service for all of the leading public and private clouds, along with managed hosting. Thanks to the strategy Rackspace adopted a few years ago, it’s got the early lead in the managed cloud space. My goal here is to build on that foundation and make us the world’s preeminent IT-services company.”

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