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ViaWest Snags Rackspace Partner VP to Run Channel, Direct Sales

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ViaWest has hired an executive from Rackspace Hosting to serve as its new senior vice president of sales and marketing.

ViaWest's Chris RajiahChris Rajiah joins ViaWest, a data center, cloud computing and managed services provider, to oversee direct sales and channel efforts. Rajiah replaces Paul Gerrard, who now is CEO of Digital Fortress Inc.

Rajiah, in his new role, also will lead the ViaWest marketing division. Monty Reagan, ViaWest’s vice president of channel sales, will report to Rajiah.

Rajiah comes to ViaWest from Rackspace, where he worked as vice president of worldwide partner sales, leading the company’s channel strategy and organization. He also directed partner acquisition and helped build the direct sales cloud unit. Prior to Rackspace, Rajiah was responsible for the North America channels and worldwide strategic alliances at Extreme Networks.

“Adding Chris to our management team underscores both our increased commitment to strong direct and channel sales efforts and our emphasis on delivering exceptional customer experiences,” said Nancy Phillips, president and CEO of ViaWest. “He has a tremendous depth of experience and will be a critical asset to our team as we continue our growth.”


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