IT industry veteran John Roese has joined EMC as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, it was annouced today.

In his new role, Roese will report to Jeremy Burton, EMC’s Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Marketing.

“At heart John is a true technologist, but he is also a proven strategist and general manager with extraordinary vision and operational expertise within very large, complex organizations,” Burton said.

Roese has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years, during which he has accumulated 20 granted and pending patents under his belt.

Most recently, he has worked as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huawei’s North American Research and Development organization. During his time at the company, Roese was also the leader of the company’s Enterprise Global Competency Center, which still provides support and technology to Huawei’s sales anad marketing teams across the globe.

John Roese said:

“The entire IT industry is in a period of rapid evolution towards radically more agile, scalable and user-centric computing.  EMC is ideally positioned in the center of this transformation with core strengths across Cloud, Big Data, and Trusted IT. I am excited and energized to join this great company at the beginning of this next exciting chapter for the global technology industry.”

Before working at Huawei, Roese was the Chief Technology Officer at Nortel, as well as the senior technology and research and development executive for the company worldwide. With responsibility for more than 12,000 staff, and an annual budget of $1.7 billion, it’s fair to say he’s used to overseeing technology firms on a large scale.

Meanwhile at EMC Jeff Nick, who has been the company’s Chief Technology Officer for the last eight years, will move into a new opening which reports to Paul Maritz, EMC’s Chief Strategist. His new role is said to be focused on ‘big data’ and emerging applications intiatives.

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