Friday's Last Word: Intermedia CEO Mike Gold
Mike Gold is Intermedia's CEO, leading the organization with a focus on profitably growing the company through an increasingly broader set of cloud services—and a superior experience for customers and partners. Gold joined Intermedia in May 2011 as President, as part of the company's acquisition by leading private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. He transitioned to CEO in May, 2015.
Gold brings over 15 years of senior management experience in cloud services and channel development. Before joining Intermedia, he was CEO of Zlago, a cloud services company he founded and grew via a nationwide network of managed service providers, VARs, and other channel partners. Previously, Gold was a senior vice president at cloud automation provider Parallels. Gold came to Parallels through its acquisition of Sphera, a cloud services company where he served as CEO.
Gold has held a variety of other executive roles in the industry, including CEO of software company Vicorp and senior vice president of Qwest Communications, where he had P&L responsibility for the Internet Products business and launched Qwest's CyberCenter datacenter and hosting business. Long dedicated to the channel community that supports small and mid-size businesses, he was named one of the 25 most innovative executives by CRN and Everything Channel in 2009 and 2010. Gold earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Stanford.
What are your plans for Intermedia in 2016?
For Intermedia, 2016 will once again be The Year of the Partner. We’re closing out 2015 with over 6,000 active partners that are white-labeling or co-branding our Office in the Cloud, which includes business email, Hosted PBX, file backup and sharing, security, Office 365 and more. And our commitment for the next year is to do everything we can to help partners build their businesses in the cloud.
We’ve got a lot that partners can look forward to. We’ll be adding new services to the 30 already integrated into our Office in the Cloud. We’re always focused on maintaining and improving the reliability, security, technical support and deal support that’s part of our Worry-Free Experience. We’ll continue to create opportunities for partners to bundle in high-margin services around Intermedia products; and we’ll be enhancing our offering for partners who serve complex industries like healthcare, finance and legal.
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