SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the open cloud company, today announced
that Taylor Rhodes, the company's Chief Customer Officer (CCO), has been
appointed President, effective immediately.
Mr. Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 and has served in a variety of
leadership positions within the company. Prior to his role as CCO, Mr.
Rhodes served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of
Rackspace International. In his various roles, Mr. Rhodes has guided the
company towards its mission of bringing the power of Rackspace's hybrid
cloud portfolio, backed by Fanatical Support®, to global markets.
Additionally, he has played an integral role in evolving Fanatical
Support for the benefit of customers worldwide, which has enabled
Rackspace to advance its position as the service leader in the industry.
"Taylor is a proven operational veteran with outstanding strategic and
leadership skills," said Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier. "He has generated
strong growth in all the businesses he has led. Our international
business, for example, grew 30 percent a year under his leadership. His
relationships with customers and his deep understanding of the market
and where it's headed will be invaluable as he steps into this new role.
Taylor's promotion represents a successful example of the company's
long-term talent-development plan."
"I believe Rackspace is well-positioned for growth and I'm enthusiastic
about the opportunities ahead," said Mr. Rhodes. "As more and more
companies adopt hybrid cloud computing and seek advice on how to get the
best performance and cost-efficiencies, our Fanatical Support services
will be more valuable than ever — especially as we broaden our technical
expertise to enhance support of customers' complex IT architectures and
About Taylor Rhodes
Taylor Rhodes is President of Rackspace, responsible for the company's
operations worldwide. In his previous role, as Senior Vice President and
Chief Customer Officer, Mr. Rhodes was responsible for Rackspace's Sales
and Fanatical Support organizations globally. He has worked closely with
the product and marketing teams to develop the company's differentiated
strategy, and was specifically responsible for leveraging the power of
the hybrid cloud, open technologies and Fanatical Support to acquire new
customers and grow relationships with existing customers.
Mr. Rhodes has also served as Senior Vice President and Managing
Director, International, where he was responsible for developing the
company's strategic priorities and creating business growth across
international markets in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 to lead the sales and support
organization, which focused on delivering Fanatical Support to more than
1,000 of the company's largest and most complex customers. He then went
on to launch Rackspace Enterprise Services, which accelerated the
company's expansion of services to larger customers.
Before joining Rackspace, Mr. Rhodes worked at EDS in a series of
progressively more challenging leadership roles, managing end-to-end
relationships with large global customers. He is a former U.S. Marine
Corps infantry officer and holds a MBA degree from The University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rackspace (NYSE:RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder
of OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds
of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit
infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that
allows workloads to run where they perform best—whether on the public
cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms.
The company's award-winning Fanatical Support helps customers
successfully architect, deploy and run their most critical applications.
Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on
four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best
Companies to Work For. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties
materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of
Rackspace could differ materially from those expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other
than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed
forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning
anticipated operational and financial benefits from Rackspace strategies
related to additions or changes in leadership, the success of leadership
transition, company growth or success of new operational initiatives,
any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of
assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and
assumptions include the integration and effectiveness of new leadership
into the Rackspace culture and business operations, instability or
downturns in the economy, the effectiveness of managing company growth,
infrastructure failures and other risks that are described in Rackspace
Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, filed with
the SEC on November 12, 2013. Except as required by law, Rackspace
Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements
publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ
materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements,
even if new information becomes available in the future.
Source: Rackspace Hosting