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Tech Industry Veteran Whitaker Named VP of Product by Excelero

“At the heart of every disruptive company are leaders who continually find simpler, smarter ways to solve customers’ pain points,” said Excelero CEO Yaniv Romem. “Jeff is exactly that kind of talent for enterprise IT. ...”

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Jeff Whitaker, a technology veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in several aspects of the industry, has joined Excelero as vice president of product.

The San Jose firm, which provides solutions for public and private cloud workloads, announced the news Thursday, citing Whitaker’s experience in storage and networking solutions for the public cloud.
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Jeff Whitaker

“At the heart of every disruptive company are leaders who continually find simpler, smarter ways to solve customers’ pain points,” chief executive officer Yaniv Romem said in a company news release. “Jeff is exactly that kind of talent for enterprise IT, and an outstanding complement to Excelero’s core engineering team with his in-depth Microsoft Azure expertise. We are delighted to leverage his extensive hybrid- and multicloud background as we prepare to commercialize our next set of solutions for other leading public clouds.”

Whitaker joins Excelero from NetApp, where he was “a founding member of the NetApp cloud team that defined its first cloud-based products – solutions that became the bedrock of the company’s highly successful cloud business,” the Excelero release said. “In his most recent role as NetApp’s senior manager of hyperscaler portfolio marketing, Jeff worked directly with Microsoft to conceptualize and deliver NetApp cloud-first product offerings.”

Whitaker began his career in 1995 as a design engineer, working with several companies in engineering and product management roles before joining NetApp in December 2008.

Whitaker is a Brentwood resident and an alumnus of California State University at Chico, where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
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