VCE Statement: Capellas No Longer CEO But His Role Is Unchanged
According to Wambach:
Michael Capellas (pictured) is no longer CEO of VCE, but he remains chairman and his role at the company (which is funded mainly by EMC and Cisco Systems) is unchanged, according to Bob Wambach, senior director of marketing for VCE. Here’s the update.
According to Wambach:
“Michael’s role has not changed. He remains in charge of the long-term strategy, vision and success of VCE. Since Frank Hauck joined VCE in April as president, he has focused on running VCE’s day-to-day business while Michael has devoted most of his time to strategy/planning, customer and partner meetings, and alignment with parent company CEOs John Chambers and Joe Tucci. In recognition of how Michael and Frank team to lead VCE, the CEO title is no longer being used and was recently removed from the VCE.com website as was noted in your article.”
VCE, the virtual computing environment company, seeks to give customers and channel partners an integrated approach to purchasing Vblock solutions from VMware, Cisco and EMC. Rumors about potential VCE staff cuts surfaced last week.
In response, Wambach today addressed several questions posed by The VAR Guy. They included…
The VAR Guy: Does VCE have any comment about alleged staffing and management changes?
Wambach: We continually look at the best ways to optimize our business execution. We have made some recent staffing changes as part of our normal growth process. These changes have been announced internally.
The VAR Guy: If there have been changes, were any of the changes implemented due to recent cost cutting at Cisco Systems?
Wambach: No the two were not related. The changes were made to enable more effective alignment with our parent companies and focus on our rapidly growing channel revenue.
The VAR Guy: Also, is VCE moving forward with its channel partner program plans, including (but not limited to) distribution relationships with Ingram, Arrow, Avnet and Magirus?
Wambach: Yes, we are moving forward with our partner program. Our channel revenue is growing very rapidly and our internal adjustments will allow us to help accelerate and support this growth.
It sounds like VCE is undergoing somewhat of an evolution. The VAR Guy appreciates the update… and will continue to watch the company closely.