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Rackspace Hires New Sales Leader To Drive Customer Acquisition

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, has hired IT industry heavyweight Todd Cione to lead the firm’s Americas Acquisition Sales division. Cione brings more than two decades of experience developing successful sales and support teams across broad geographies. He spent his last 15 years at Microsoft, most recently based in Singapore and responsible for $4 billion in annual revenue for software, cloud services and enterprise services.

At Rackspace, Cione’s mission is to accelerate market-share gains and acquisition of new customers in the Americas, via both direct and channel sales. Cione will take the lead in leveraging Rackspace’s unmatched value proposition. Rackspace is a world leader in hybrid cloud, which offers customers the best fit for each of their workloads, whether on public cloud, private cloud or dedicated servers. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack, the open-source cloud operating system, which enables hybrid cloud by allowing customers to move workloads seamlessly from one platform to another, free from vendor lock-in. All Rackspace services are backed by its industry-leading customer service, known as Fanatical Support ®.

“Every day we see evidence of customers choosing Rackspace’s open, hybrid cloud approach as the right architecture to enable the best fit for each application,” said Taylor Rhodes, senior vice president at Rackspace. “The ability to choose the right mix of public cloud, private cloud and dedicated solutions, backed by our unbeatable Fanatical Support, dramatically increases business value for our customers. I believe that Todd’s breadth and depth of experience in our industry, matched with his demonstrated success in building winning sales teams, will accelerate our leadership in the hybrid cloud market.”

Cione said, “Rackspace understands that hybrid architectures are the future of cloud computing and I believe the company’s vision will be the driving force behind innovation as this market evolves. I look forward to joining the Rackspace family to help expand the reach of the hybrid cloud and the profound impact it’s having on the information technology sector as a whole.”

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