"Top adviser" Chuck Whitten jumps from the vendor side to help shape Dell's growth strategy.

Christine Horton, Contributing Editor

June 16, 2021

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Dell Technologies has named Chuck Whitten as its new co-chief operating officer.


Dell’s Chuck Whitten

The appointment comes off what Dell says is “a record fiscal year 2021 and first-quarter of fiscal year 2022.”

“We are growing, and our opportunity is growing even faster,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-COO.

Clarke said Whitten joins the company “at a pivotal time to give us greater leadership capacity.” This way, he said, Dell could “cover more ground, assess more opportunities and speed decision making to best serve customers.”

Whitten will take up the role in August. He joins Dell from Bain & Company, where he spent 22 years. Over the last decade he has focused on the technology sector, working with Dell to shape the company’s strategy. This has led to Clarke labelling him “a top adviser” to Dell.

“Chuck has been an integral part of the team for a long time working across strategy, transformation and operations. I couldn’t be happier to have him as co-COO to capture big growth opportunities across our portfolio,” said Clarke.

An ‘Obvious Choice’

Commenting on Whitten’s appointment, CEO Michael Dell said that technology [is] at the center of the world’s recovery. This means “tremendous growth opportunity across our core infrastructure and PC businesses,” said Dell. He also highlighted “high-priority areas including hybrid and private cloud, edge, telecom and APEX.”

“Together Jeff, Chuck and I will shape the future of the company and accelerate the outcomes we can drive for customers.

Chuck’s leadership, energy, knowledge and humanity make him the obvious choice to join our team and strengthen our industry leadership.”

Dell last fall announced the launch of APEX, marking the company’s transition to delivering its entire infrastructure offerings as managed services. Moving forward, it will be a primary route to market for all Dell data center products and services.

Elsewhere, the vendor posted a 12% increase in revenue for its first quarter, at $24.5 billion, its highest ever for a quarter. The CEO attributed the growth to the “do-anything-from-anywhere economy.”

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Christine Horton

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Christine Horton writes about all kinds of technology from a business perspective. Specializing in the IT sales channel, she is a former editor and now regular contributor to leading channel and business publications. She has a particular focus on EMEA for Channel Futures.

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