In a week or so, I will leave Dell EMC after a short run. It was a fun ride, and I got to meet an awesome set of people inside the Hybrid Cloud Platform team. This change may come as a shock to some so I wanted to explain it here.
My leaving Dell is a combination of a couple of things. The first and primary is a personal one. I won’t go into details, but I needed to make a decision on my time with my family. I cannot say enough about how understanding and gracious my leadership at Dell EMC has been through this process. I will miss an amazing set of people, many of whom I consider friends now. I am human and feel the burden of this decision. Things change and we are responsible for our choices and how we affect others. But in the end we are responsible for ourselves and our family units that depend on us.
The second reason is that I have been presented an opportunity to work for one of the most respected brands in the world, while leading teams focused on their core digital transformation. Like at Dell EMC, the leadership team I would be under is one I respect, with a long pedigree of doing amazing things. And to put the icing on the cake, this company is local to Portland, and my team will be just 12 minutes from my front door. With my children growing quickly, being close to them and experiencing life with them is extremely important.
Shortly I will join Nike and run their Next-Gen Platforms team. I will get to work with teammates focused on public cloud, application delivery, analytics, integration, and so much more. This includes the active work on Kubernetes, which has been a passion of mine at both Intel and Dell EMC. I always take a role based on a strong belief that I can make a difference. I feel strongly that Nike is a place where I can do just that.
My primary role will be to help my team build a technical platform for Nike’s future. I am excited to join an amazing set of people and Nike’s culture of “win as a team” which is core to my own beliefs of what leadership means.
The products and innovation coming out of Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, and VMware this coming year are going to be amazing. The PKS announcement today is just the tip of the spear. I am sad that I am not going to be a part of it from the inside. But I am looking forward to seeing it develop from the customer side of things and watching Dell Technologies continue to do amazing things.