Astute Networks Expands Executive Team With Key Hires From VMware, SEPATON


Astute Networks, a provider of network and storage-based technologies, today announced the appointment of two executives to its team: Steven Houck, senior vice president of worldwide sales and Jay Kramer, vice president of worldwide marketing. Both executives will report directly to CEO Steve Topper.

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Houck will be responsible for developing Astute Networks’ global sales strategy and growing company revenue. Prior to joining Astute Networks, Houck held various executive positions at VMware including vice president of worldwide channels and vice president/general manager, Latin America. Houck also served as vice president worldwide SMB sales at EMC where he successfully developed the SMB storage market for EMC Corporation. H

ouck held the position of CEO at Gridtree, a cloud services company serving enterprises throughout Latin America. He has also held various sales leadership positions including executive vice president of worldwide sales at Corel Corporation.

Kramer brings 25 years experience in the technology industry to his role as vice president of worldwide marketing at Astute, where he will spearhead the company’s efforts to build a leadership position in the fast-growing global market for virtualization solutions addressing mid-market and enterprise infrastructure and cloud deployments.

Prior to joining Astute Networks, Kramer was the vice president of worldwide marketing at SEPATON; a vice president of worldwide marketing at iStor; and a vice president of marketing at Maxtor and CDS. Kramer had also held executive positions in sales, marketing and strategic planning at Unisys Corporation.

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