EMC appoints Huawei veteran John Roese as its CTO

Infotech Lead America: Storage major EMC has appointed John Roese as its chief technology officer.

Before joining EMC, Roese worked with Huawei, Nortel, Broadcom, Enterasys Networks and Cabletron Systems.

Responsibilities of Roese include shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.

Though John is well known as a technologist, he is also a proven strategist and general manager with long term vision and operational expertise within large, complex organizations.

“The entire IT industry is in a period of rapid evolution towards radically more agile, scalable and user-centric computing. EMC is ideally positioned in the center of this transformation with core strengths across Cloud, Big Data, and Trusted IT. I am excited and energized to join this great company at the beginning of this next exciting chapter for the global technology industry,” John Roese said.

Jeff Nick, who has served as EMC’s chief technology officer for the last eight years, has moved to a new CTO role reporting to Paul Maritz, EMC’s Chief Strategist, focused on Big Data and emerging applications initiatives.

“John brings to EMC a blend of experience spanning the entire breadth of IT systems from silicon all the way up through networking, storage, servers and virtualization. In addition, he’s directed product development in enterprise, carrier and consumer markets,” said Jeremy Burton, executive vice president of Product Operations and Marketing, EMC.

Before joining EMC, Roese worked as senior vice president and general manager of Huawei’s North American R&D organization.

He also served as the executive leader of Huawei’s Enterprise Global Competency Center, which provides Enterprise technology innovation and incubation as well as sales, marketing and operations support for Huawei’s Enterprise field sales and marketing teams worldwide.

Prior to Huawei, he was CTO of Nortel, the senior technology and R&D executive globally for the corporation, with functional responsibility for an R&D staff of 12,000 and an annual budget of $1.7 billion.

Prior to Nortel, he was a CTO at Broadcom Corporation and the CTO, chief marketing officer and chief information security officer of Enterasys Networks.

John started his career at Cabletron Systems where he grew within the company, ultimately becoming the global CTO.

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