Who Will Lead Dell-EMC Post Merger?

Joe Tucci
Joe Tucci

Once Dell completes its $67 billion buyout of EMC later this year, who will lead the combined companies? The short answer involves CEO Michael Dell. But take a closer look and you'll see an emerging organization chart for the combined companies.

The clues emerge in a memo from CEO Joe Tucci to all employees. In it, Tucci assures employees that the merger is on schedule for completion under existing terms. Then, Tucci shares some key leadership updates. Read the memo and it becomes clear that the Dell and EMC teams are carefully navigating the M&A process, striving to ensure R&D, marketing, sales, customer support and partner engagements remain strong throughout the merger process.

Memo From Joe Tucci to EMC Employees

In the memo, Tucci states:

"Upon close of the transaction, Michael’s planned team to lead the new company will be (in alphabetical order by last name):

• Jeremy Burton, Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for brand, events, marketing analytics, digital and communications.

• Jeff Clarke, Vice Chairman and President, Operations and Client Solutions, responsible for Global Supply Chain and End User Computing organizations.

• Howard Elias and Rory Read, co-Chief Integration Officers, for the Dell|EMC integration.

• David Goulden President, Enterprise Systems Group, responsible for the global infrastructure organization including servers, storage, networking, converged infrastructure and solutions. Bill Scannell, President, Enterprise Sales, will report to David and lead the global go-to-market organization serving our Enterprise customers.
The enterprise business that David will lead will be larger than EMC is today and will leverage top talent we have across EMC. Also part of Enterprise Systems Group are: Rodney Rogers, CEO, Virtustream, Amit Yoran, President, RSA, and Rohit Ghai, President, Enterprise Content Division. Other members of David’s leadership team will be announced at a later date.

• Marius Haas, President & Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for global go-to-market organization serving Commercial customers.
• Steve Price, Chief Human Resources Officer.

• Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, responsible for leading revenue and margin enhancing programs, ensuring a consistent customer experience across multiple channels and driving strategies to strengthen and build profitable customer relationships. Karen will also lead Corporate Citizenship, including social responsibility, entrepreneurship and diversity.

• Rich Rothberg, General Counsel.

• John Swainson, President, Dell Software, will continue in his current capacity.

• Tom Sweet, Chief Financial Officer.

• Suresh Vaswani, President, Dell Services, will continue in his current capacity.

Additional moves mentioned by Tucci include:

  • Bill Scannell, Marius Haas and Jeff Clarke will lead the new company’s three global go-to-market organizations: Enterprise, Commercial and Consumer & Small Business.

Key Leaders, Next Moves

Michael Dell also will establish an executive group, Tucci said, which will include the presidents of business units and go-to-market organizations, plus: Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware; Rob Mee, CEO, Pivotal; Rodney Rogers, CEO, Virtustream; and Mike Cote, President and CEO, SecureWorks.

Tucci conceded that there are "still critical decisions to be made about a number of important pieces of the combined company, and some of that work is still ongoing. This announcement is not inclusive of all functions, so you can anticipate further updates as soon as practical as decisions are made."

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.