EMC has promoted RSA chief operating officer Tom Heiser to take over as RSA president from veteran Art Coviello (pictured) who was appointed executive vice president of EMC.
Heiser becomes only the fourth person to lead the RSA business since its founding in 1982.
Coviello would continue as executive chairman of RSA but would lead EMC’s trusted cloud initiatives. Heiser, a 26-year veteran of EMC would continue the day-to-day leadership of the division while in addition to heading the company as president.
Coviello joined RSA in 1995 as chief operating officer and became president in 1999 then chief executive in 2001. He increased revenue from $US25 million to more than $US700 million in 2010 ($A700 million). EMC bought RSA in 2006.
Heiser (pictured below) joined EMC in 1984 as a sales trainee and rose to senior sales and business management positions including EMC’s evolution into a broad-based information infrastructure leader and the formation of EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division.
“These men are exceptional talents in the industry and possess the experience, expertise and character that sets EMC apart both as a technology leader and an employer,” said Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer of EMC’s information infrastructure products business, himself formerly a vice president at chip giant, Intel.
Coviello was due to give what could be his last opening keynote at the annual RSA security conference in San Francisco Tuesday morning US time.
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