Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rackspace new EMEA CTO tasked with coaching emerging leadership and technical talent

Business continuity is built on people skills and loyalty, and Rackspace is getting a 20-year-long veteran to get that done right.

Cloud company Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) has a new CTO for EMEA and on top of the normal CTO duties, the executive has been tasked with coaching and mentoring the company’s emerging leadership and technical talent.

Lee James, new EMEA CTO for Rackspace

The role has been filled by Lee James, who has hold senior technology positions within Computacenter, BP and BetFair.

The CTO will work closely with internal teams to influence the product roadmap and services in line with future market and customer trends, and grow the business in the region, the company said in a statement.

He will have authority over the planning, launching and refining of products and services, “ensuring that Rackspace has a customer-aligned strategy in the EMEA region”.

In addition, James will play a key part in staff training, helping to build Rackspace’s next generation of IT experts.

Based in the UK, he will report directly to Managing Director, Darren Norfolk.

Norfolk said: “We are delighted to have Lee on board. He has a valuable and rare blend of business and technology experience. He will help shape our business proposition in a way which speaks to companies in a wide range of industries.

“We are the only provider with a top-class team of experts, offering managed services and Fanatical Support across AWS, Microsoft and Google Cloud. Our acquisition of TriCore Solutions allows us to manage applications for SAP or Oracle workloads, and will improve the way we deliver services that can scale up in line with company growth.”

James said: “Rackspace has an extremely convincing business proposition, which is widely acclaimed in the IT industry. “I am coming on-board at an important time – just as Rackspace is expanding its capabilities, providing the expertise and support which brings us our many great customers and industry-wide recognition.

“I expect the company to build on this and continue its growth through 2017 and beyond.”