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EMC Hires IBM Fellow as CTO

Friday Sep 3rd 2004 by Clint Boulton

A twenty-four-year veteran of IBM will join EMC to help guide its information lifecycle management strategy.

In a case of executive poaching from a rival, information systems giant EMC has hired former IBM Fellow Jeffrey M. Nick to the position of senior vice president and CTO.

Nick will become the Hopkinton, Mass., company's first CTO since Mark Lewis vacated the position in 2003 to head EMC's software division, a role that has evolved and which he now shares with former Documentum CEO Dave DeWalt.

The move is another example of the heated competition between EMC and IBM, which are both vying for leadership positions in the market for selling systems that help companies store, manage and retrieve data.

Rivalry in the space has grown more intense in the wake of government regulations that command enterprises to retain files, such as e-mail and spreadsheets for determined periods of time. Both IBM and EMC are developing information lifecycle management strategies, in which data is managed from inception to its destruction, to meet customer demand.

According to a statement, Nick will help guide EMC's ILM strategy, related platforms, software and services. Nick's team will also evaluate emerging information management trends and play a major role in setting technical direction for EMC's M&A activities.

He will report directly to Howard Elias, EMC Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology.

"Customers continue to reap the benefits of EMC's investment in and delivery of the most comprehensive portfolio of information lifecycle management solutions in the industry," Elias said. "Jeff is a recognized leader and innovator and brings to EMC a depth of experience that will be increasingly valuable as we continue to drive increased innovation in the industry."

Departing in June after 24 years with the Armonk, N.Y., company, Nick began as a software engineer and ultimately earned the distinguished title of IBM Fellow. Most recently, Nick was responsible for the design and architecture of IBM's on demand initiative and at one point also led IBM's Grid Computing strategy.

Nick has filed more than 80 inventions and holds more than 50 U.S. patents in computer technology.

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