Zadara Appoints Shirley Braun Chief People Officer and Shiri Kerman VP of Engineering Amidst Accelerated Growth and Adoption of Cloud Services

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New Leaders Tapped to Expand World-Class Organization Following Launch of AWS-Compatible, ‘as a Service’ Edge Cloud Solutions

Zadara, the edge cloud provider and leader in enterprise storage-as-a-service, today announced the appointment of Shirley Braun and Shiri Kerman as chief people officer (CPO) and vice president of engineering, respectively. Braun and Kerman are experienced leaders recognized for their abilities in developing people functions and engineering teams for hyper growth organizations. These executives are in addition to the recent strategic hires in marketing and North America sales leadership teams.

"These leaders are joining Zadara at a time of rapid growth and unlimited opportunity," said Nelson Nahum, CEO, Zadara. "Their impressive track records and expertise will help us continue to best serve our rapidly growing network of partners, service providers, and enterprise customers with innovative edge cloud technologies and services. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome these top-notch executives to Zadara."

Prior to joining Zadara, Braun served as CPO for Callisto Media, where she was instrumental in the growth of the company from 65 to nearly 400 people in just two years. At Zadara, Braun will lead the People function and its employee success initiatives, both of which are essential for effective growth. "Behind every successful company are its people," said Braun. "I am excited to join Zadara during such a pivotal time for the business. I look forward to partnering with Zadara to continue to invest in employee success and talent while fostering the culture of innovation and change."

Kerman joins Zadara from Clarizen, where she was vice president of research & development, leading the development of Clarizen’s main product. Kerman also drove the development and deployment of a new SaaS service running in an AWS and Kubernetes infrastructure. While a Sr. Director at Dell, she was charged with their file storage product and successfully conducted an integration with leading storage products. In her new role as vice president of engineering, Kerman will oversee engineering with a focus on Zadara’s latest production-ready compute-as-a-service solutions, zCompute.

"Zadara is changing the way organizations access and secure their data with its fully managed edge cloud technologies and services," said Kerman. "It’s an important time to be joining Zadara. I look forward to using my expertise in scaling and leading engineering teams capable of pioneering IT solutions that our customers and partners depend on, more so now than perhaps ever before."

Increased Need for Flexible Infrastructure

2020 left its mark – enacting permanent change in many organizations and redefining business operations across the globe. Enterprises must maximize access to their data while reducing the complexity and costs of the infrastructure behind it.

During a year of constant shifts and challenges, Zadara and its partners remain committed to offering the most flexible and dependable edge cloud solutions ‘as a Service.’ With the addition of zCompute late last year, the leader in storage-as-a-service now offers AWS-compatible, production-ready compute-as-a-service solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises. zCompute enables partners to build competitive private edge cloud environments without traditional CapEx investment.

"Great achievements do not happen in a vacuum. Together, with our exceptional global partner network, we are making the journey to cloud more friendly and eliminating the concerns traditionally associated with the digital transformation process. Look for Zadara to carry this momentum forward into 2021 – and beyond."

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About Zadara Storage:

Since 2011, Zadara’s Cloud Platform (ZCP) simplifies operational complexity through automated end-to-end infrastructure provisioning of compute, storage and network resources. With solutions available on-premises and through cloud and colocation providers, Zadara’s turnkey hardware/software, combined with its pay-only-for-what-you-use model, helps companies gain agility without sacrificing the features and functionality that enterprise IT teams demand. Zadara operates worldwide, including clouds in hundreds of data centers at public- and private-cloud partners, with an expert team that provides follow-the-sun services and support. Zadara is headquartered in Irvine, California with locations in London, Tokyo, Yokneam (Israel), and Bangalore.

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