Cloud hosting company FireHost, headquartered in Dallas, has announced the appointment of technology veteran Jim Lewandowski as its new chief executive officer (CEO). This move occurs in concert with founder and former CEO Chris Drake’s decision to take the reins as the FireHost’s chief technology officer (CTO).
Together, the CEO and CTO appointments would accelerate FireHost’s effort to grow, innovate, and deliver secure clouds that fill a void in a cloud hosting provider market clamoring for greater, more effective security.
Lewandowski is a seasoned cloud hosting and security veteran, bringing with him more than 25 years of executive leadership experience. He was recently a senior vice president and general manager at Rackspace before establishing a technology consulting business. Previously he served as: executive vice president of the Americas at McAfee; vice president of business and enterprise sales at Yahoo!; vice president of sales at BMC Software; and business unit executive for storage systems products at IBM.
Lewandowski already serves on FireHost’s board of directors. Drake, who founded FireHost in 2009 and launched its “secure cloud” in 2011, has served as CEO since its inception. During his tenure, he led the technology development in addition to establishing its business presence around the world. As the new CTO, Drake will concentrate more time on FireHost’s innovation.
“I made the decision to become CTO because technology innovation has always been my passion,” said Drake. “This leadership change allows FireHost to double down on innovation to help customers capitalize on it faster. Jim’s industry expertise, business sense and socket fit with our culture make it possible for me to reinforce the company’s innovation engines while he continues our rapid growth to even higher levels.”