Quantum Names New CEO

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-04 Print this article Print

Jon Gacek, who had been president and COO, replaces Rick Belluzzo in planned transition.

Disk and tape storage maker Quantum on April 4 made good a planned change in its C-level leadership, naming President and COO Jon Gacek as its new CEO.

Gacek succeeds Rick Belluzzo, who had led the company since 2002.

Belluzzo, who was president and COO of Microsoft from 1999 to 2002, moves to the newly created position of executive chairman of the company's board of directors, where he will assist the company in the leadership transition and engaging with key customers and partners as needed, the company said.

Gacek, who also joins the board, has moved rather quickly up the ladder, having been named to the presidency of the company in January 2011. He had served as executive vice president, COO and CFO since May 2009.

Gacek joined Quantum as executive vice president and CFO in August 2006, at the time of Quantum's acquisition of Advanced Digital Information Corp. Previous to that, Gacek served as CFO at ADIC for seven years.

"I will talk more about our plans and expectations for FY12 when we announce our March quarter financial results on May 17, but we do expect to grow both total revenue and branded revenue for the year as we capitalize on the opportunities ahead," Gacek said in a prepared statement.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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