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Cohesity names new CFO as it looks to expand cloud services

By Shannon Williams
Tue 23 Jun 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Robert O'Donovan has been named as the new chief financial officer for Cohesity, as the company looks to further strengthen its cloud service offering and growth.

O'Donovan's background includes extensive and proven experience in the CFO role at late-stage, rapidly growing private companies. He is tasked with managing Cohesity's financial strategy as the software company expands its cloud services, redefines modern data management, and continues on a path of consistent and long-term growth.

"At this important stage in the evolution and growth of Cohesity, Robert's years of experience managing the financial operations for innovative technology market leaders will help support our ambitious business objectives," explains Mohit Aron, chief executive officer and founder, at Cohesity. 

"We continue to focus on delivering value to our customers in a hybrid cloud world, leading the industry with innovative solutions, and building a world-class executive team to support our mission of redefining modern data management," he says.

O'Donovan is a seasoned financial leader with significant experience guiding companies focused on data management, cloud computing, software, and subscription-based services. Before joining Cohesity, O'Donovan served as chief financial officer for DataStax, which provides data management for cloud applications. Prior to that, he held the same role at Pivotal Software, a cloud-based software company that was later acquired by VMware, managing all facets of corporate finance and building a multi-year strategic roadmap to position the company for future success. O'Donovan has also held finance, operations, and sales roles at Dell/EMC in Europe and Asia Pacific/Japan.

"The scale and growth Cohesity has achieved is testament to the tremendous value that its data management innovations bring to organisations, and my role is to ensure the company has the best framework to continue transforming the industry," says  O'Donovan. 

"I am honoured to join this team of talented executives as we continue on a course of rapid and sustainable growth," he adds.

In his role, O'Donovan will lead a team including Cohesity's senior vice president of finance,  Lorenzo Montesi, as well as Tim Robbins, general counsel.

"Cohesity ushers in a new era in data management that solves a critical challenge facing businesses today: mass data fragmentation.  

"The vast majority of enterprise data backups, archives, file shares, object stores, and data used for dev/test and analytics sits in fragmented infrastructure silos that makes it hard to protect, expensive to manage, and difficult to analyse," the company says.

Cohesity consolidates silos onto one web-scale platform, spanning the data center, cloud, and the edge, and empowers organisations to run apps on that platform making it easier to back up and extract insights from data. 

Cohesity is a 2019 CNBC Disruptor and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum .  

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