Industry Veterans Join Scality to Build Foundation for Next Phase of Business Growth
San Francisco, CA – January 15, 2014 – Scality, an industry leader in petabyte-scale storage, announced today a significant expansion of the company’s management team with the appointment of Erwan Menard as Chief Operating Officer and Philippe Mechanick as Chief Financial Officer, both reporting directly to Scality’s CEO, Jerome Lecat.
Menard will manage all aspects of the company’s revenue generating activities, including direct sales, channels and global alliances, field engineering and customer support. Menard will be based at Scality’s global headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Menard is a storage and telecommunications industry veteran. From 2011 to 2013, he was Chief Operating Officer at DataDirect Networks (DDN), where he achieved significant annual growth. Under his leadership, the DDN team entered new markets, successfully launched DDN’s object storage product and redesigned the company’s customer experience, from demand generation through support.
Prior to DDN, Menard spent fifteen years in the telecom industry, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, leading HP’s Communications and Media Solutions group, managing a 2400 person team and a $700M business unit. Prior to leading this successful turnaround of HP’s telecom business, Menard held international business management positions at Alcatel, and Alcatel-Lucent, and managed operations in Asia, North America and Europe.
“I am pleased to be joining Scality, particularly at this moment, when the company’s markets are seeing accelerated demand,” said Menard. “I believe Object Storage will lead the next wave of enterprise-class storage. Key to my decision to join Scality is the company’s technical leadership, as well as the values, culture and experience of Scality’s founding team. Thanks to Scality, Object Storage is now mainstream, rather than a niche, archival product for cold storage. I am also attracted by Scality’s customer satisfaction track record, as the Scality RING already supports more than a hundred million end-users for whom Scality is providing mission-critical services. We have a significant range of opportunities across our lines of business as more and more vertical markets begin to derive benefit from this next generation of storage. My task will be to provide focused execution across this business portfolio.“
As CFO, Philippe Mechanick will focus on enhancing Scality’s financial infrastructure as the company builds a foundation for futuregrowth. Prior to joining Scality, Mechanick held finance positions at Ernst & Young, Unisys, Goal Systems, Sapiens International, UB Networks, Nat Systems, and most recently, at PolySpace Technologies. In addition to his extensive high technology experience, he brings significant banking expertise to Scality, having served for five years as CFO of Capital One’s French subsidiary. At Capital One, he was key to growing the organization from 5 to 150 people, across multiple market segments, and had a broad range of operational and financial responsibilities.
“I am truly impressed with Scality’s team and the company’s market opportunity,” said Philippe Mechanick, Scality’s Chief Financial Officer. “I look forward to working with Scality’s global organization to put in place the infrastructure needed for its next phase of growth.”
Menard and Mechanick come to Scality at a time of significant business expansion thanks to the increasing adoption of object storage across the company’s markets and Scality’s identification by industry analysts as a technology leader.
“We are very pleased to have Erwan and Philippe join the Scality team,” said Jérôme Lecat, CEO of Scality. “They join us at a key inflection point for the company. As object storage enters the mainstream, we’re putting in place the leadership team to support accelerated growth. Erwan brings us proven revenue and strategic leadership skills and Philippe brings a broad range of skills in financial operations. Their contributions will be key to leveraging Scality’s expanding business opportunities and building the next world-class storage company.”