Rackspace Hires Zayo Group Alum to Lead Private Cloud Business

Zayo's former CEO has been named CEO of Calabrio.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

January 17, 2023

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Private Cloud

Rackspace has hired Brian Lillie, previously with Zayo Group, as president of its private cloud business unit.


Rackspace’s Brian Lillie

Lillie’s appointment completes the company’s realignment as it begins executing its two-business unit operating model. Rackspace hired DK Sinha to lead its public cloud business unit.

Previously, Lillie was Zayo Group‘s chief product and technology officer. He created and was responsible for executing the company’s product, network and software technology strategy and road map.

Before Zayo Group, Lillie served over 10 years in several C-level roles at Equinix. That includes chief information officer, chief customer officer, and finally chief product officer.

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“I am thrilled to be joining Rackspace and working alongside [CEO] Amar Maletira and the executive leadership team to enhance the company’s private cloud strategy, and further develop their innovative multicloud product and solutions road map to drive growth,” he said. “Rackspace Technology’s customer-first, cloud-first approach, combined with an exceptionally dedicated and talented team of ‘Rackers,’ make it a powerful force for unlocking the company’s growth potential.”

Former Rackspace CEO Lands New CEO Role with Calabrio

In a separate announcement, Calabrio has hired Kevin Jones as its new CEO. Jones previously was Rackspace’s CEO. Tom Goodmanson, Calabrio’s current CEO, is leaving after 15 years to pursue new ventures.


Calabrio’s Kevin Jones

Jones was Rackspace’s CEO for nearly four years and vacated the role last fall.

“I am honored and excited to the take the helm of a company that continues to pave the way in empowering contact centers as brand guardians, and enriches everyday customer interactions to drive improved business outcomes,” he said. “I look forward to guiding Calabrio into its next phase of strategic growth as we expand our efforts to optimize the contact center customer experience.”

Jones has held key leadership roles across a variety of technology services companies including Rackspace, Dell Technologies and HP. At Rackspace, he led a team that grew the company from $2 billion to $3 billion in annual revenue by building and scaling a public cloud business, introducing new products, and expanding geographically.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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