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Cohesity hires new R&D vice president tasked with customer-focused innovation

By Catherine Knowles, Thu 6 Jan 2022

Cohesity has announced that Kirk A. Law has joined the company as senior vice president of research and development (R&D).

In this role, Law has global responsibility for engineering, product management and Cohesity’s ecosystem business.

The tech veteran brings more than 30 years of relevant experience to Cohesity, He states he has a passion for developing breakthrough products, scaling teams, developing healthy company cultures, and delivering to customers and partners.

Law says, “Cohesity is a phenomenal company driven by customer-focused innovation, talented employees, exceptional leadership and strong cultural values.

"We will continue to deliver next-gen solutions that can help organisations radically simplify data management, improve their security postures in the face of sophisticated ransomware attacks, benefit from AI-powered insights, and do more with data, which is their most valuable digital asset.”

Law’s technology expertise spans multiple sectors including data management, governance and security, with an extensive history in systems engineering, intelligent automation software and enterprise product development for on-premises and cloud deployments.

Before joining Cohesity, Law served as a senior vice president of development at Tableau Software, a Salesforce company.

Prior to that, Law was the senior vice president of engineering at Primary Data. He also held leadership roles at SanDisk, NetApp, Cacheflow Systems, and SGI (formerly Silicon Graphics Computer Systems).

He began his career at the David Sarnoff Research Center, which at the time was an R&D centre for the RCA Corp., where Law received several patents in digital TV processing technologies.

Cohesity CEO and founder Mohit Aron says, “Kirk’s proven leadership, deep understanding of business and technology, and his laser focus on innovation made him the ideal candidate for this role.

"Kirk also understands how impactful a strong company culture can be in terms of employee engagement and retention and spurring best-in-class research and development that solves customer challenges.

"For all of these reasons, we’re thrilled to have Kirk on our executive leadership team.”

Law, who earned BSEE and MSEE degrees from Purdue University, is the 2012 recipient of the Purdue Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering award, which recognises alumni who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments, leadership and service to community.

He also is on the board of directors of the national non-profit organisation Raising a Reader. In addition, Law is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Purdue University’s EE Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu.

Cohesity is focused on simplifying data management. The company specialises in making it easier protect, manage and derive value from data - across the data centre, edge and cloud.

The company offers a full suite of services consolidated on one multicloud data platform: backup and recovery, disaster recovery, file and object services, dev/test, and data compliance, security, and analytics - reducing complexity and eliminating mass data fragmentation.

Cohesity can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner.

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