Former IBM, VMware leader joins company to help drive next phase of growth focused on platform-based solutions and subscription revenue
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of simple, powerful, and secure IT management software, has named Chad Reese its president of Americas sales and global channel. A technology industry veteran with 25 years of experience serving in leadership positions at IBM® and, most recently, VMware®, Reese now leads sales at SolarWinds for the enterprise, mid-market, and SMB markets and the public sector in the Americas and is responsible for the company’s global channel ecosystem.
“Chad is a proven sales leader with experience serving multiple market segments around the world and will be a vital addition to our team as our model evolves and we execute our growth strategy,” said Andrea Webb, EVP, chief customer officer, SolarWinds. “From creating global channel programs and alliances, evolving businesses to subscription and SaaS models, and growing and leading teams domestically and abroad, Chad has successfully done it. We look forward to the impact he’ll make on our business.”
Prior to joining SolarWinds, Reese most recently served as the VMware global head of sales for the commercial customer segment, where he led his extended sales teams to drive billions in bookings worldwide.
While at IBM, Reese served as the company’s vice president of cloud and SaaS for North America, leading the sales team to grow and transform its business in cloud and SaaS software in the enterprise and commercial segments. And previously, Reese led the IBM channel business in Europe as vice president of the business partner organization while living abroad for five years with responsibility for driving billions in revenue across the company’s extended partner ecosystem.
“It’s exciting to join the talented SolarWinds team during this time of positive momentum as the company executes its growth strategy focused on delivering platform-based technologies to accelerate business transformation,” said Reese. “With a large, loyal global customer install base, a strong, historical renewal rate, an outstanding solution portfolio and roadmap, and a highly experienced senior leadership team, we’re well positioned for growth. My objective is to build a scalable, repeatable sales engine across all routes to market, and I’m excited to leverage my deep channel experience to work closely with our extended ecosystem to drive customer success globally. We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the marketplace, and I look forward to partnering with our teams to drive the company’s next phase of growth.”
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is a leading provider of simple, powerful, and secure IT management software built to enable customers to accelerate their digital transformation. Our solutions provide organizations worldwide—regardless of type, size, or complexity—with a comprehensive and unified view of today’s modern, distributed, and hybrid network environments. We continuously engage with technology professionals—IT service and operations professionals, DevOps and SecOps professionals, and database administrators (DBAs)—to understand the challenges they face in maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures, applications, and environments. The insights we gain from them, in places like our THWACK® community, allow us to address customers’ needs now, and in the future. Our focus on the user and our commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT management have established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in solutions for observability, IT service management, application performance, and database management. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.
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