As Dropbox slowly gears up toward its initial public offering, its bringing on a longtime enterprise executive Quentin Clark, a former VP of Microsoft as well as SAP CTO as head of its very-long-title-where-he-will-oversee-a-ton-of-things.
His official title is going to beSVP of Engineering, Product and Design, where he will oversee all of those operations. As Dropbox seems to dive farther into the enterprise, Clarks experience is likely going to give the company what it needs to start to sign more of those deals. Dropbox has historically been known as a consumer-driven file storage company but has tried to use that as a wedge into larger firms as it appears to construct out its business.
The leadership team was actually interested in my ability to lead and manage squads that are scaling, and how to lead across engineering, product and design as a whole, Clark said. I met with the team many times over the course of several weeks to discuss my experiences at Microsoft and SAP, and how well they were aligned to Dropboxs evolving wants. The other major topic of discussion was our shared view of where we could take the company.
Hires like this are part of the staffing-up process as it begin to position itself as a viable company on the public markets. In July, Bloomberg reported that the company was working with Goldman Sachs to prepare documents, another small step toward its final debut as a public company. With constant comparisons to Box and menaces from all sides for its business, its had to figure out a route to find both a literal and perceptual position of strength as it seeks to eventually reached that milestone.
His hire goes recently after CTO Aditya Agarwal said he would be leaving the company .But these kinds of moves are pretty common as a company ripens over time and looks to bring on experienced leadership in order to position the company with positive momentum going forward. The company has said itshit 500 million users, hita$ 1 billion operated rateand has continued to aggressively pursue business customers.
Clark starts at Dropbox at the beginning of September, where he asked us to check back in a couple of months as to what his specific goals will be.
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