Cohesity, a leader in next-generation data management, today announced the appointment of Sanjay Poonen as CEO and President. He will also join the Cohesity Board of Directors. Poonen was previously chief operating officer (COO) of VMware and president of SAP. Mohit Aron, CEO since the company’s inception in 2013, will accelerate Cohesity’s product innovation and roadmap as Founder and Chief Technology and Product Officer. Aron will continue to lead research and development (R&D), corporate support and services, and the office of the CTO. He will remain on the Cohesity Board of Directors.
“Cohesity sits at the intersection of three of the highest priority business issues today: cybersecurity, cloud and data management. category,” said Sanjay Poonen, CEO and President of Cohesity. “In my due diligence with clients, I have found that Cohesity has best-in-class technology and protects the data of many of the top Fortune 500 brands. Above all, Mohit has built an incredible team at through the organization that is committed to driving innovation while putting customers first. I look forward to leading this talented organization and driving even greater success in strong partnership with Mohit and all Cohesians.
In his most recent role as COO of VMware, Poonen oversaw sales, marketing, services and alliances and played a key role in doubling revenue from approximately $6 billion to $12 billion. . Poonen has also played an integral role in the architecture of several successful cloud partnerships, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Oracle. He led the company’s security and end-user computing activities, including the acquisition of AirWatch and Carbon Black. Prior to VMware, Poonen served as President of SAP where he led SAP’s Applications, Industries, and Platform teams, holding engineering and sales roles that helped double SAP’s revenue by approximately $10 billion. dollars to 20 billion dollars.
“As we evolve, it is important for me to focus more on where I spend my time to have the greatest impact. I approached the board with the aim of finding a seasoned and proven executive who I could partner with to achieve our ambitious goals. I am excited to work with Sanjay as we continue to grow and disrupt the $25 billion data management market,” said Mohit Aron, Founder and Chief Technology and Product Officer at Cohesity “I will continue to work closely with our customers and partners to advance Cohesity’s technology and product leadership as we fight ransomware, eliminate data fragmentation data and simplify data management in the hybrid and multi-cloud world.”
“Sanjay is uniquely positioned to be the next CEO of Cohesity. He is one of the most successful and respected leaders in the software industry, has an incredible track record of driving growth and operational excellence, is passionate by customers and partners, strongly believes in the corporate culture and is focused on delivering world-class innovation,” said Gaurav Garg, Chairman of the Board and Founding Partner of Wing Ventures.
“Mohit helped lead the development of the Google File System, co-founded the industry’s first hyperconverged infrastructure company and, at Cohesity, created the leader in next-generation data management. Along with Sanjay and Mohit, along with the rest of the seasoned management team, Cohesity will continue to drive innovation and solve our customers’ most critical data management and security challenges for years to come.” added Garg.