Rick Jackson, former CMO at VMware joins Rackspace

On July 8, Rackspace announced its new CMO, Rick Jackson, who joined the company officially on July 1st, Jackson is an expert in the IT industry with over 25 years of experience and former CMO at VMware. The new Chief Marketing Officer is going to manage Rackspace’s marketing strategy, probably planning to approach the market furthermore with its hybrid cloud.

Rackspace President Lew Moorman, declared:

We are thrilled to have Rick Jackson join the leadership team at Rackspace, given his background in cloud computing and personal understanding of the incredible potential of hybrid cloud,  as we continue to leverage our heritage in OpenStack and capitalize upon our strong leadership position within the hybrid cloud marketplace, it is crucial that we continue to build our brand and reputation worldwide at a faster rate than ever. So we’re thrilled to have such a highly experienced and talented visionary on board to lead our global marketing efforts.

A part from Rick Jackson, and  Jerry Chen , another former executive at VMware who was director of global alliances there, just joined Red Hat as VP of Global Alliances and he will be managing Red Hat’s relationships with HP, IBM, Dell and Cisco.

Mark Enzweiler, VP of Global Channels and Alliances at Red Hat said:

Scott and his team will continue to develop and nurture our key strategic alliances as we deliver our award winning solutions to the channel. Scott’s proven ability to lead and his far reaching expertise will benefit Red Hat as we work to offer the best resources, tools and assets our partners need to succeed. We welcome Scott to the Red Hat team.

While we are wishing all the best to these directors with their new positions, we are wondering on the other side what is going on with VMware? There is the rumor that the virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions company might have difficulties in the future trying to maintain its market control.