Rackspace, a global provider of managed cloud hosting solutions, has named Scott Crenshaw as senior vice president of strategy and product, effective April 6, 2015. Mr. Crenshaw, who joins Rackspace from VeriSign, will oversee the company’s corporate strategy, business development and product and engineering portfolio. He reports to Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace.
“As the managed cloud leader, Rackspace is strongly positioned to capitalize on the increasing market demand for managed cloud services and expertise,” said Scott Crenshaw. “I am thrilled to be a part of this talented team at such an exciting moment in the company’s history. I look forward to building great products and delivering Fanatical Support to Rackspace customers worldwide.”
Before joining Verisign in 2013, Crenshaw was senior vice president, strategy, and chief marketing officer for Acronis, a data backup and recovery solutions provider. Previously, he served eight years in executive positions at Red Hat, Inc., including vice president and general manager of the cloud business unit and, previously, in the same capacity for the company’s Linux platform business unit.
“We are excited to have someone of Scott’s caliber and experience joining our team,” said CEO Taylor Rhodes. “Throughout his career, Scott has established a strong track record of developing winning strategies, managing and growing unique product offerings and working collaboratively with colleagues and customers. Scott will work closely with our marketing, sales, support and other critical functions to drive compelling product offerings and the best customer experience in the industry. I am confident that Scott will bring tremendous value to our company and customers.”
Prior to Red Hat, Crenshaw was the chief executive officer of NTRU Cryptosystems, a provider of embedded security solutions. He held a number of executive positions at enterprise software vendor Datawatch Corporation, including vice president of business development and vice president of product development. Early in his career he co-founded a networking startup.
Mr. Crenshaw holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow at the Sloan School of Management.