EMC taps HP exec as new CTO

EMC Corp. named a successor to current Chief Technology Officer Jim Rothnie on Thursday with the appointment of a former Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) executive to the position, confirming previous speculation of the move.

Mark Lewis, formerly worldwide head of marketing at HP, will take on the role of executive vice president of new ventures and chief technology officer (CTO) at EMC. Rothnie, who is also a senior vice president at EMC, will retire and become CTO Emeritus at the company, serving in an advisory capacity on technology issues, the company said in a statement.

Rothnie is a respected industry veteran who has worked previously at Data General Corp. and Computer Corporation of America (CCA). He served as president and chief operating officer at CCA, which did much of the early work on development of database management software.

HP began notifying some industry analysts of Lewis' resignation earlier this month, and there was speculation that he would join EMC, as reported Wednesday by the IDG News Service. Lewis, also a former Compaq Computer Corp. high ranking storage executive, did not receive the top storage position at HP, following the company's acquisition of Compaq earlier this year. That job -- head of network storage solutions -- went to Howard Elias, who came from Compaq as well following the merger.

In a separate announcement Thursday, EMC named David Goulden as executive vice president of global marketing and business development. Goulden, 43, previously served at Amsterdam services provider Getronics NV as president and chief operating officer for the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Both Lewis and Gould will report to Joe Tucci, EMC's president and chief executive officer.

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