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Qumulo Names Former EMC Exec Richter as CEO

EMC Isilon veteran Bill Richter has been named the new CEO of in data-aware scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) company Qumulo, adding on to the company’s expanded executive team.

Qumulos’ top ranks now includes storage and business experts from Amazon Web Services, Dell-EMC, Google and Microsoft. In October the company named form IBM and EMC employee Eric Scollard as VP of worldwide sales. Founding CEO Peter Godman will move into the role of CTO, and will remain on Qumulo’s board of directors.

“From day one, Qumulo has been about helping customers not only store, but also manage and understand massive quantities of data, filling a significant void left by legacy vendors. We are deeply committed to changing the industry landscape forever and that starts with the right combination of vision and leadership,” Godman said. “By adding Bill’s experience to this accomplished team, we are positioned to build on our exceptional growth, and I could not be more excited to welcome him aboard.”

Richter brings more than two decades of tech leadership experience to the job, most recently serving as a partner at Madrona Venture Group. Before that, he was president of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, growing the business to $1.5 billion in annual sales in 2014. He also served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business, and was Isilon’s public company CFO beginning in 2007, all the way through the $2.5 billion sale to EMC in 2010. Richter has also held roles at Amazon and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

“Qumulo is a special company, and the team has done a tremendous job building world-class products,” Richter said. “Customers have been begging for a new approach in a market dominated by legacy vendors and a scarcity of innovation for many years. Delivering what customers want for the modern era of software-centric, cloud extensible enterprise data storage and management, Qumulo was quickly recognized for its disruption. With the team in place, there is no limit to Qumulo’s opportunity ahead.”