IO Appoints Kevin Malik To Chief Innovation Officer
PHOENIX, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, today announced the promotion of Kevin Malik to Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), reporting to George Slessman, IO Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect. In this role, Mr. Malik will focus on continually advancing IO technology and strengthening an internal culture that inspires relentless creativity from top global talent.
Whether it's building a team to create the world's first complete data center operating system or partnering with McLaren Applied Technologies to develop the next generation of energy efficient data centers, a hallmark of Malik's work at IO has been discovering and developing innovative technologies. Mr. Malik's new role will benefit customers by allowing him to apply his unconstrained creative thinking more broadly to enterprise-wide innovation.
Mr. Malik has been instrumental in driving innovation in improving IO.OS, the world's first complete operating center, and Mr. Malik's new role will benefit customers by allowing him to apply his unconstrained creative thinking more broadly to enterprise-wide innovation.
"Innovation has been a defining part of IO DNA since our inception, and Kevin is ideally suited to manage it going forward. The CINO role is vital as we continue to execute against our mission – developing technology to anticipate and solve customer problems, define the global market and relentlessly deliver; while perpetuating a culture of innovation and discovery," said Mr. Slessman.
As CINO, Malik will also lead the company's Cloud Engineering and Software Engineering teams. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Malik was CIO of IO and General Manager at IO Labs. He previously served as Vice President, Global Enterprise IT for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
"We are committed to redefining the data center as a fundamental tool for solving big IT problems," said Mr. Malik. "Our R&D in the integration of the IT stack, the data center facility and advanced data analytics are fascinating areas that hold great promise for businesses across all sectors. I'm excited for this new chapter at IO."
IO is a global leader in software-defined data centers and has pioneered the next generation of data center infrastructure technology. IO's integrated hardware and software data center technology platform offers enterprises, governments, and service providers an innovative way to deploy, provision, and optimize data center capacity anywhere in the world. IO technology lowers the total cost of data center ownership compared to traditional data centers, enabling dynamic deployment and intelligent control based on the needs of IT equipment and applications in the data center.
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