FireHost, with managed cloud hosting available in Dallas, Phoenix, London, Amsterdam and Singapore, has named Steve Lesem as chief marketing officer and Eleri Gibbon as its vice president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). The appointments would strengthen FireHost’s international market presence.
Prior to joining FireHost, Lesem was president and CEO of Mezeo Software Corporation, which delivered storage services for cloud applications, through its acquisition by Zimbra. Previously, Lesem was CMO for VeriCenter, a colocation and managed services company, and helped facilitate its acquisition by SunGard. He has also held various executive positions with global scope at BMC Software, IBM, and Safenet.
“FireHost has already made important progress toward building a brand that distinguishes itself around security and compliance in the cloud,” said Steve Lesem, CMO, FireHost. “I’m looking forward to globalizing the company’s message as the go-to cloud provider for businesses that are serious about protecting their data and assets in the cloud while attaining their regulatory compliance requirements. This is an important company that views its role for its clients as a serious one. My experience in cloud, security and with high-touch customer engagements translates well to helping FireHost grow to the next several levels.”
$25 million funding round
Gibbon brings more than 15 years of experience in senior sales and relationship positions, most notably with Compuware and Rackspace. At Rackspace, Gibbon was responsible for growing revenues and optimizing the sales structure of the company’s EMEA group.
“Data breaches have become an unfortunate reality for businesses,” said Eleri Gibbon, VP EMEA, FireHost. “Anyone is a threat. Data security is without a doubt the top organizational concern for businesses, and FireHost tackles this concern head on. All of FireHost’s solutions and services are designed with security as the primary attribute. This is why we’re seeing greater demand and why it is such an exciting time for the company. FireHost is solving a real, pressing need.”
Based in Dallas, FireHost doubled its revenue each of the past three years and announced a $25 million Series E funding round last April.