Riverbed Technology announced that Phil Harris has joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created position reporting to Chairman and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly.
In his new role, Harris is responsible for shaping Riverbed’s architectural approach to next-generation software-defined networking, providing counsel and direction on long-term technology and business strategy, overseeing corporate development activities including M&A, and leading the company’s go-to-market approach with strategic technology alliance and OEM partners.
“Riverbed is right in the middle of many of the most pressing challenges facing IT today, as businesses continue to migrate apps and data to the cloud, build-out software-defined networks, drive optimisation to the edge, and go through a digital transformation,” said Phil Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Riverbed. “The company’s current technology and product roadmap, along with our ecosystem of leading technology, service provider and channel partners, uniquely positions Riverbed to help our customers through these market shifts and transitions.”
Harris joins Riverbed from BMC Software, where he was CTO, responsible for business, technology and overall company growth transformation strategies. Before that, Harris was Chief Strategy Officer and VP of platform engineering and strategy at the virtual computing company, VCE. He also spent nearly 20 years at Cisco, as CTO of its cloud and virtualisation technology group, CTO of its worldwide partner organisation, and a consulting engineer as far back as 1993.